Disease Motifs
Investigating the Biomechanics of Disease
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The aim of this site is to show some of the research that I have been working on recently involving the search for Disease Motifs. I graduated as a mature student from Manchester University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology gaining an upper second in 2005, and also gaining a Merit in a Master of Science degree in Bioinformatics at the same university in 2006. I was 41 when I finished this course of study. I have not done a PhD.

I originally became interested in the Prion protein which is associated with certain diseases which include BSE, CJD, FFI GSS, and variant CJD. I have become a little addicted to certain aspects of bioinformatics and have decided that I would like to carry on doing my own research which I am completing in my spare time. This site has been set up so that I might gain some useful feedback on some of the areas of work that I am pursuing. It will also allow other people to perhaps use some of the information contained within these pages. Hopefully there will be someone who will appreciate this work.

This site you may notice looks a bit basic and not as 'nice' as some other websites you may have seen and this is because I have done all the programming for the site myself. That is to say I have written all the HTML code (and CSS) in a notepad file and then published the lot online. This has often been a very frustrating task and I have often thought (and still do think) I might do the whole thing again but using some software to produce a website that looks a lot more slick. For the time being however I am more or less happy with the results but there are always improvements that I would like to make.

Occasionally while making some changes or improvements I sometimes don't check the end results on some of the different browsers that are available or on narrow screen as well as wide screen. This is usually out of laziness on my part to check out any changes thoroughly on different systems so there are sometimes massive errors that really disrupt the appearance of an entire page or even on many pages on the site, and goes unnoticed by myself for some time. I try to keep this to the minimum but should you notice anything that is not right or perhaps a link that doesn't work please let me know as I would really appreciate it. The site should work on most up-to-date browsers.

I also would also like any comments about the actual contents of the pages and should you think that I have stated anything that is factually incorrect even if this is simply: spelling mistakes; grammatical errors; or even just the wording being a bit more complex that it needs to be then please let me know by email and I will try to correct any errors or amend the style should I think it necessary. If there is anything that you would like to have included on this site please let me know.