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Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
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Major breakthrough in the manufacture of red blood cells
Major breakthrough in the manufacture of red blood cells
Researchers have generated the first immortalised cell lines which allow more efficient manufacture of red blood cells.
Life Sciences - History/Archeology
22.03.2017
Tiller the Hun? Farmers in Roman Empire converted to Hun lifestyle - and vice versa
Tiller the Hun? Farmers in Roman Empire converted to Hun lifestyle - and vice versa
New archaeological analysis suggests people of Western Roman Empire switched between Hunnic nomadism and settled farming over a lifetime.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
22.03.2017
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
22.03.2017
Life Sciences
22.03.2017
Imperial entrepreneurs make final of Mayor of London's green tech competition
Imperial entrepreneurs make final of Mayor of London’s green tech competition
The Mayor of London's Low Carbon Entrepreneurial Challenge seeks to find low carbon solutions to some of the city's greatest problems.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
22.03.2017
Sir David Attenborough immortalised, in lobster-like fossil find
Sir David Attenborough immortalised, in lobster-like fossil find
Scientists have discovered a 430 million-year-old lobster-like fossil and named it in honour of veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
21.03.2017
Stem cell therapy could help mend the youngest of broken hearts
Stem cell therapy could help mend the youngest of broken hearts
Researchers have shown stem cells from the umbilical cord may hold the key to a new generation of graft and could reduce the number of surgeries required to treat young children born with certain types of congenital heart disease. Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of birth defect.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
17.03.2017
New 'gene silencer' drug injections reduce cholesterol by 50% in early research
New ’gene silencer’ drug injections reduce cholesterol by 50% in early research
The first in a new class of gene-silencing drugs, known as inclisiran, has halved cholesterol levels in patients at risk of cardiovascular disease. The findings come from the largest trial yet to test the safety and effectiveness of this kind of therapy. The technique, known as RNA interference (RNAi) therapy, essentially ‘switches off' one of the genes responsible for elevated cholesterol.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
17.03.2017
New trial for blindness rewrites the genetic code
Researchers have started a new gene therapy clinical trial to treat X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (XLRP), the most common cause of blindness in young people. Retinitis pigmentosa is currently untreatable and leads to a slow and irreversible loss of vision. The trial is being run by Nightstarx Ltd (Nightstar), a biopharmaceutical spinout company of Oxford developing gene therapies for inherited retinal diseases, and researchers from the University of Oxford.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
17.03.2017
Science in Health Live
How can we generate new tissues and organs' What can stop cancer cells from spreading? Can our genes make us susceptible to psychiatric disorders? A-Level pupils from across Wales and the border coun
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
16.03.2017
Securing the future of cattle production in Africa
A ‘world-first' study of the genomes of indigenous cattle in Africa has revealed vital clues that will help secure the future of cattle production on the continent. Cattle are an increasingly important resource in Africa as sustainable sources of food, milk, traction and manure. With its human population growing and the economy and subsequent wealth predicted to expand greatly, there will also be a huge increase in demand for livestock.
Life Sciences - Event
16.03.2017
UCL winners at Wellcome Image Awards 2017
UCL winners at Wellcome Image Awards 2017
Two images by UCL researchers depicting embryos - of†a mouse and†of a zebrafish - are among the winners of the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards, given out annually to the most informative, striking and technically excellent images from healthcare and biomedical science.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
16.03.2017
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
16.03.2017
Winners announced for £2m programme to commercialise life sciences discoveries
Winners announced for £2m programme to commercialise life sciences discoveries MedCity's ‘Collaborate to Innovate' programme has today announced the 16 winning projects chosen to collaborate with leading universities and academics to address a specific challenge.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
15.03.2017
Opinion: How mapping teenagers' brains has helped us understand more about schizophrenia
Opinion: How mapping teenagers’ brains has helped us understand more about schizophrenia
Teenage years can be difficult enough, but for people affected by schizophrenia, this is when symptoms first tend†to arise. Dr Kirstie Whitaker (Department of Psychiatry), who is†speaking at this year's Cambridge Science Festival, explains in The Conversation how her work may shed light on why this is the case.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
15.03.2017
Podcast: Science steps outside the lab with comedy, magic and outreach
In this edition: Researchers try their hand at stand-up comedy, learn tricks for surgery from magicians and puppeteers, and showcase all things money.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
13.03.2017
Atomic map of malaria drug gives it new life
Atomic map of malaria drug gives it new life
Researchers have mapped how the malaria drug mefloquine works, providing a route to make effective alternatives and combat rising drug resistance. Malaria is caused by a family of parasites carried by certain mosquito species, leading to an estimated half a million deaths each year. With growing resistance to frontline antimalarial drugs, it makes sense to improve secondary drugs that work imperfectly, rather than always reinvent the wheel.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
13.03.2017
Visualising the genome: researchers create first 3D structures of active DNA
Scientists have determined the first 3D structures of intact mammalian genomes from individual cells, showing how the DNA from all the chromosomes intricately folds to fit together inside the cell nuclei.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
10.03.2017
Could a diabetes drug be used for Motor Neurone Disease?
Could a diabetes drug be used for Motor Neurone Disease?
A diabetes drug could one day be used to treat neurodegenerative diseases like Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Researchers at Lancaster University are to conduct a clinical trial of the diabetes drug Liraglutide, giving it to patients with MND to see whether they improve or not.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
10.03.2017
Three Imperial projects get the green-light, thanks to new initiative
Three Imperial projects get the green-light, thanks to new initiative
Imperial College London announces three projects that are the first to receive grants from the Excellence Fund for Frontier Research.
Life Sciences
09.03.2017
Detect. Lock on. Intercept. The remarkable hunting ability of the robber fly
A small fly the size of a grain of rice could be the Top Gun of the fly world, with a remarkable ability to detect and intercept its prey mid-air, changing direction mid-flight if necessary before sweeping round for the kill.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
09.03.2017
Final biomedical trial on captive chimpanzees is first oral Ebola vaccine for saving wild apes
Final biomedical trial on captive chimpanzees is first oral Ebola vaccine for saving wild apes
Oral vaccine offers hope for ape species ravaged by Ebola and other diseases, as it can be widely dispersed to save more wild animals. However, scientists say recent law changes on captive chimpanzee testing may stop the conservation work in its tracks.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
09.03.2017
Itchy dog research project to be launched at Crufts
Dog lovers who own Golden Retrievers and Labradors are being invited to take part in new research into canine atopic dermatitis — otherwise known as skin allergy.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
08.03.2017
New method of detecting bacteria during root canal treatments
Root canal treatments overhauled through new device to detect untreated bacteria A new method of detecting bacteria during root canal treatments could eradicate the need for follow up appointments and prevent treatments from failing, according to a study published today in the Journal of Dental Research .
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
07.03.2017
Universities plan boundary-pushing science festival
Universities plan boundary-pushing science festival
Universities plan boundary-pushing science festival The University of Sussex and the University of Brighton have put forward a boundary-pushing programme for the British Science Festival 2017 this September.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
06.03.2017
Missing link that makes sheep horny in winter
Scientists have discovered for the first time how animals link the change in seasons to their fertility.
Life Sciences - Mathematics
06.03.2017
UCL professors win The Brain Prize for 2017
UCL professors win The Brain Prize for 2017
The Brain Prize for 2017, worth '1m, has been awarded to Professor Peter Dayan (UCL Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit), Professor Ray Dolan (UCL Max Planck Centre for Computational Psychiatry an
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
06.03.2017
3D scans reveal flexible skull patterns are key to island bird diversity
3D scans reveal flexible skull patterns are key to island bird diversity
A study of the super-diverse bird groups, which include Darwin's finches, has found that modular skull parts helped them adapt to different roles. Adaptive radiation is the rapid evolution of many diverse species from a single ancestor. Typically this occurs in the colonization of island habitats, as a group of birds diversifies to exploit different ecological niches – the lifestyles, or roles, available within an ecosystem.
Administration/Government - Life Sciences
06.03.2017
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
06.03.2017
Bristol is buzzing – life is better for bees
Bristol is buzzing – life is better for bees
A report which outlines how local organisations have made life better for bees and pollinating insects in Bristol and the surrounding area over the last two years will be published tomorrow [March 7] to coincide with a meeting of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership at the SS Great Britain.
Event - Life Sciences
06.03.2017
Winning photo reveals the latest in maternal health research
Winning photo reveals the latest in maternal health research
A researcher from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been announced as one of the winners of the Wellcome Image Awards 2017. Dr Suchita Nadkarni's photo, titled The Placenta Rainbow , is based on her research into pregnancy complications, and will be shown at exhibitions held across the UK and internationally, including Russia and South Africa.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
03.03.2017
Queen Mary University of London part of £3m consortium for structural biology
Queen Mary University of London part of £3m consortium for structural biology
A new £3m grant from Wellcome Trust to a consortium involving scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) will help to set up a new facility for cryo-electron microscopy - a technology that is revolutionising biology.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
02.03.2017
Scientists create artificial mouse ‘embryo' from stem cells for first time
Scientists create artificial mouse ‘embryo’ from stem cells for first time
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have managed to create a structure resembling a mouse embryo in culture, using two types of stem cells - the body's ‘master cells' - and a 3D scaffold on which they can grow.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
02.03.2017
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Life Sciences
02.03.2017
Cardiff University welcomes SÍr Cymru II Fellows
Cohort of aspiring young researchers come together at special reception in Cardiff to celebrate latest stage of Welsh Government programme Early-career researchers from across the world have been wel
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
02.03.2017
Imperial to lead new £3m London consortium for structural biology
Imperial to lead new £3m London consortium for structural biology
A facility for cryo-electron microscopy - a technology that is revolutionising biology - is being established by a consortium of London institutions. Cryo-EM is a technique that allows scientists to image biological molecules in their natural state. It enables biological macromolecules to be imaged at an extremely high resolution, allowing researchers to determine their structure and to thus better understand their mechanism of action.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
02.03.2017
Big ideas that tackle dementia mark BioWales 2017
Three outstanding ideas for better dementia care developed by frontline medical staff and patient carers are being celebrated at BioWales 2017.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
01.03.2017
Online forecast maps warns sheep farmers about risk of Nematodirosis in lambs
Online forecast maps warns sheep farmers about risk of Nematodirosis in lambs
With spring fast approaching the parasite Nematodirus is a deadly threat to the lives of lambing flocks.
Agronomy/Food Science - Life Sciences
01.03.2017
Sleeping habits linked to increase in obesity
Getting a bad night's sleep could be increasing some people's likelihood of becoming obese.‌‌ According to a study led by the University of Glasgow, and published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN), abnormal sleeping habits increase the risk of obesity for those who are genetically predisposed to being overweight.
Life Sciences
01.03.2017
Shedding new light on the evolution of the squid
Shedding new light on the evolution of the squid
Octopus, cuttlefish and squid are well known in the invertebrate world. With their ink-squirting decoy technique, ability to change colour, bizarre body plan and remarkable intelligence they highlight that lacking a back-bone doesn't always mean lacking sophistication. Examining their deep evolutionary past, researchers have been spoiled by their generous fossil record, as demonstrated by drawer after drawer of ammonites and belemnites in every natural history museum shop.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
28.02.2017
Opinion: Want to eradicate viruses' They made us who we are
Opinion: Want to eradicate viruses’ They made us who we are
We are still part-virus, writes Edward Emmott, Research Associate in Virology, for The Conversation. Human DNA plays host to a range of different viruses.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
27.02.2017
Brain stimulation raises hopes for patients with drug-resistant high blood pressure
Brain stimulation raises hopes for patients with drug-resistant high blood pressure
A Bristol team has used a deep brain stimulation technique to dramatically reduce a woman's high blood pressure - the first time in the world the procedure has been carried out for hypertension. The case led by North Bristol NHS Trust neurosurgeon Mr Nik Patel working alongside researchers at the University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust has been published in the journal Hypertension (February 27, 2017).
History/Archeology - Life Sciences
24.02.2017
Turning the lens on the BBC's Natural History Unit
Turning the lens on the BBC’s Natural History Unit
A new Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project at the University of Bristol is looking at the world of wildlife filmmaking over the last twenty-five years.
Physics/Materials Science - Life Sciences
23.02.2017
New £100 million Rosalind Franklin research institute to improve health through physical science innovation
Oxford University scientists are to play a key role in a new, government-funded research facility, the Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI). Backed by over £100 million of investment, the RFI will be a national centre of excellence in technology development and innovation.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
23.02.2017
Technique that revolutionised biology wins its inventors big science prize
Technique that revolutionised biology wins its inventors big science prize
Imperial's Professor Marin van Heel has been awarded the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences this week for the development of a key imaging technology.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
23.02.2017
MOU with Monash University
Cardiff University's Systems Immunity Research Institute and the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the two institutes extend their collaborative activities.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
23.02.2017
Sugar's ‘tipping point' link to Alzheimer's disease revealed
Sugar’s ‘tipping point’ link to Alzheimer’s disease revealed
For the first time a ‘tipping point' molecular link between the blood sugar glucose and Alzheimer's disease has been established by scientists, who have shown that excess glucose damages a vital enzyme involved with inflammation response to the early stages of Alzheimer's. Abnormally high blood sugar levels, or hyperglycaemia, is well-known as a characteristic of diabetes and obesity, but its link to Alzheimer's disease is less familiar.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
23.02.2017
UCL part of new £100 million Rosalind Franklin Institute
UCL part of new £100 million Rosalind Franklin Institute
UCL is involved in the Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI) - a major new £100 million investment by the government into the development of an innovative multi-disciplinary science and technology research centre. The new Institute, announced today by Business Secretary Greg Clark, is named in honour of the pioneering scientist, Dr Rosalind Franklin, whose use of X-rays to study biological structures played a crucial role in the discovery of DNA's ‘double helix' structure by Francis Crick and James Watson.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
23.02.2017
Eating more fruits and vegetables may prevent millions of premature deaths
Eating more fruits and vegetables may prevent millions of premature deaths
A fruit and vegetable intake above five-a-day shows major benefit in reducing the chance of heart attack, stroke, cancer and early death. This is the finding of new research, led by scientists from Imperial College London, which analysed 95 studies on fruit and vegetable intake. The team found that although even the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduced disease risk, the greatest benefit came from eating 800g a day (roughly equivalent to ten portions - one portion of fruit or vegetables if defined as 80g).
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