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Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
21.11.2017
Report highlights opportunities and risks associated with synthetic biology and bioengineering
Report highlights opportunities and risks associated with synthetic biology and bioengineering
Human genome editing, 3D-printed replacement organs and artificial photosynthesis - the field of bioengineering offers great promise for tackling the major challenges that face our society. But as a new article out today highlights, these developments provide both opportunities and risks in the short and long term.
Life Sciences
20.11.2017
Ancient fish scales and vertebrate teeth share an embryonic origin
Ancient fish scales and vertebrate teeth share an embryonic origin
Latest findings support the theory that teeth in the animal kingdom evolved from the jagged scales of ancient fish, the remnants of which can be seen today embedded in the skin of sharks and skate.  This ancient dermal skeleton has undergone considerable reductions and modifications through time Andrew Gillis In biology, one long-running debate has teeth: whether ancient fish scales moved into the mouth with the origin of jaws, or if the tooth had its own evolutionary inception.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
20.11.2017
Systems of change behind everything from climate to health
Systems of change behind everything from climate to health
A new field of science is being developed by Lancaster researchers who are discovering the underlying mechanisms of interaction behind everything from the human body to climate change.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
17.11.2017
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
17.11.2017
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
09.11.2017
UCL and PKU draw up roadmap to tackle global challenges
UCL and PKU draw up roadmap to tackle global challenges
UCL and Peking University (PKU) have extended their partnership by agreeing a new roadmap to tackle issues including creating a blueprint for sustainable cities, teaching Mandarin in English schools and reducing the occurrence of spina bifada, one of the world's most common birth defects.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
08.11.2017
Oxford named world’s best for Medicine for seventh consecutive year
Oxford University has been ranked as the world's best institution for medical and health teaching and research for the seventh consecutive year in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Life Sciences
08.11.2017
UCL efforts to target dementia showcased in China
UCL efforts to target dementia showcased in China
UCL's efforts to harness new technology in the battle to combat the "timebomb" of dementia worldwide were showcased in China this week. Professor Alan Thompson, Dean of UCL Brain Sciences, revealed four of the university's top researchers are using apps, neuro-imaging, machine learning, virtual reality and even emojis to help people cope with dementia, depression and other brain conditions.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
08.11.2017
Imperial stem cell and leukaemia expert wins prestigious medal
Imperial stem cell and leukaemia expert wins prestigious medal
Dr Cristina Lo Celso has been announced as the winner of the Foulkes Foundation Medal 2017, awarded by the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
07.11.2017
Nottingham celebrates 70th anniversary of the discovery of hydrogen bonds in DNA
The discovery of hydrogen bonds in DNA was made by a young Nottingham Post Graduate student, J. Michael Creeth, in what was known as the Nucleic Acid Laboratory at (the then) University College Nottingham.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
07.11.2017
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
07.11.2017
Life Sciences
07.11.2017
University of Sussex to analyse hedgehog numbers amidst fears population may have halved in just five years
University of Sussex to analyse hedgehog numbers amidst fears population may have halved in just five years
University of Sussex to analyse hedgehog numbers amidst fears population may have halved in just five years Hedgehog numbers could have dropped by as much as a half over the past five years, warns Un
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
07.11.2017
Cambridge expert jointly leads international push to reduce global burden of traumatic brain injury
Cambridge expert jointly leads international push to reduce global burden of traumatic brain injury
Substantial reductions in the global burden of traumatic brain injury (TBI) could be achieved with improved policies for prevention, new directions for clinical care, and novel approaches to research, according to The Lancet Neurology Commission on TBI.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
06.11.2017
Ten leading universities conduct over one third of UK animal research
Ten leading universities conduct over one third of UK animal research
As part of the ongoing commitment to greater openness about animal research, the ten universities which conduct the most animal procedures have publicised their figures today, revealing that they collectively conducted a third of all UK animal research in 2016. All ten universities appear in the QS World University Ranking Top 100.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
06.11.2017
Streptococcus vaccine 'could prevent over 100,000 baby deaths worldwide'
Streptococcus vaccine ’could prevent over 100,000 baby deaths worldwide’
Group B Streptococcus infection causes an estimated 150,000 preventable stillbirths and infant deaths every year. 21.7 million pregnant women carry this bacteria according to the first global study of Group B Strep - most of them are currently unidentified and untreated. The study shows for first time that a maternal vaccine may prevent 231,000 infant and maternal GBS cases.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
06.11.2017
Ten leading universities conduct over one third of all UK animal research
Ten universities account for one third of all animal research in the UK Largest animal users are all among the top universities in the world All ten universities signed up to Concordat on Openness on
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
06.11.2017
New international consortium to accelerate drug discovery in kidney diseases
New international consortium to accelerate drug discovery in kidney diseases
A new consortium to accelerate the discovery of novel drugs to treat kidney diseases is announced today [6 Nov]. The NEPLEX (nephron on a chip with cellular and extracellular matrix complexity) consortium, comprising leading academic institutions including the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge, and Evotec AG, will combine key technologies to develop and build a novel drug discovery device ("Nephron-on-a-Chip").
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
06.11.2017
Group B Streptococcus infection causes an estimated 150,000 preventable stillbirths and infant deaths every year
Group B Streptococcus infection causes an estimated 150,000 preventable stillbirths and infant deaths every year
An estimated one in five pregnant women around the world carry Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria which is a major, yet preventable, cause of maternal and infant ill health globally.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
06.11.2017
First evaluation of sickle cell screening programme published
The first evaluation of the NHS Sickle Cell Screening Programme has found that it is successfully identifying newborn babies with sickle cell disease. The screening programme, established in 2002, enables the early identification of infants with sickle cell disease. Once children are identified with the disease, early entry into care allows a timely offer of penicillin prophylaxis, a preventative measure against severe infections in children with sickle cell disease, and education and support for parents, both of which are known to reduce morbidity and mortality.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
06.11.2017
Training evolution in pathology needed to deliver precision medicine
The future delivery of precision medicine is at risk unless pathology training programmes evolve to embrace genomics, warn UK researchers.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
06.11.2017
Périgord black truffle cultivated in the UK for the first time
Périgord black truffle cultivated in the UK for the first time
The Mediterranean black truffle, one of the world's most expensive ingredients, has been successfully cultivated in the UK, as climate change threatens its native habitat. Even though humans have been eating truffles for centuries, we know remarkably little about how they grow and how they interact with their host trees.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
02.11.2017
Life-saving limpets
A Welsh biotech company is working with Cardiff University to study two potentially life-saving biomaterials in slipper limpets.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
02.11.2017
Cancer cells destroyed with dinosaur extinction metal
Cancer cells can be killed with metal from the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, thanks to new research from University of Warwick UK and Sun-Yat Sen University in China Compound based on iridium kills cancer cells by filling them with deadly version of oxygen when activated by laser light - without harming healthy tissue Researchers have - for the first time - discovered exactly which parts of cancer cells are affected by treatment, using hig
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
02.11.2017
Turning leading research into novel medicines
Cardiff University is about to boost its ability to turn leading biomedical research into novel drugs, as it becomes the home of the highly successful Medicines Discovery Institute. Led by Professor Simon Ward and Professor John Atack, the Institute will bring unrivalled knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector and proven success in bringing new medicines successfully to clinic.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
02.11.2017
UofG co-leads ’first of its kind’ prostate cancer study
Researchers from the University of Glasgow are set to co-lead a new precision medicine study for prostate cancer as part of a major new research programme launched today by men's health charity, Prostate Cancer UK. The research drive will tailor treatments for men based on the genetic make-up of their cancer - a move which has the potential to extend the lives of 9,000 men every year in the UK.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
01.11.2017
Fragmented forests create animal winners and losers
Breaking up the rainforest into small, isolated patches puts pressure on species that rely on the forest core, but benefits those who like the edges.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
01.11.2017
Solving of a decade-long mystery could help in fight against TB
Solving of a decade-long mystery could help in fight against TB
Solving of a decade-long mystery could help in fight against TB Scientists have solved a decade-old mystery that could eventually lead to the development of earlier treatments for one of the world's deadliest diseases, which affects up to 2 billion people. Research carried out by the University of Sussex and the Polish Academy of Sciences has identified two key proteins that allow mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), to “lay low” within cells designed to destroy them.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
30.10.2017
Early warning health and welfare system could save farmers millions of pounds and reduce antibiotic use
A new early warning system to alert farmers to the risk of disease among their young cattle stock is being developed by experts at The University of Nottingham.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
27.10.2017
Albion Chair opens new scanner suite to bring research and care
Albion Chair opens new scanner suite to bring research and care "into the premiership"
Albion Chair opens new scanner suite to bring research and care "into the premiership" The Chairman of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, Tony Bloom, has officially opened a new scanning facilit
Earth Sciences - Life Sciences
26.10.2017
'Bandit-masked' feathered dinosaur hid from predators using multiple types of camouflage
’Bandit-masked’ feathered dinosaur hid from predators using multiple types of camouflage
Researchers from the University of Bristol have revealed how a small feathered dinosaur used its colour patterning, including a bandit mask-like stripe across its eyes, to avoid being detected by its predators and prey. By reconstructing the likely colour patterning of the Chinese dinosaur Sinosauropteryx , researchers have shown that it had multiple types of camouflage which likely helped it to avoid being eaten in a world full of larger meat-eating dinosaurs, including relatives of the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as potentially allowing it to sneak up more easily on its own prey.
Chemistry - Life Sciences
24.10.2017
'35 years of innovation and collaboration' celebrated in Hong Kong
’35 years of innovation and collaboration’ celebrated in Hong Kong
One of Imperial's most successful alumni groups held a special gala with President Alice Gast in Hong Kong at the weekend.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
24.10.2017
Silk could be used to repair damaged spinal cords
Modified silk from Asian wild silkworms could be used in a strategy to repair damaged spinal cords, according to scientists from the universities of Aberdeen and Oxford. The researchers, working in collaboration with Oxford Biomaterials Ltd, discovered that cleaned, sterilised silk from the Antheraea pernyi (AP) silk spinner had properties well suited to spinal repair.
Life Sciences
19.10.2017
Mini robotic labs for testing fly behaviour invented by Imperial researchers
New machines could be a boost to animal and human neuroscience research as they allow lots of insects to be tested at once. They can be easily and cheaply made through 3D printing, or even out of folded card or LEGO, combined with a simple Raspberry Pi computer. Fruit flies are a common research animal in neuroscience studies because of their surprising similarities to humans.
Life Sciences
19.10.2017
Do cloned Bramleys taste better than grafted Bramleys?
Visitors to this year's Southwell Bramley Apple Festival are going to be asked a big question - does apple juice made from an orchard of Bramleys cloned from the original, taste different to apple ju
Life Sciences
19.10.2017
Brain takes seconds to switch modes during tasks
Brain takes seconds to switch modes during tasks
The brain rapidly switches between operational modes in response to tasks and what is replayed can predict how well a task will be completed, according to a new UCL study in rats. "We know that the brain replays remembered experiences during rest to extract important information, this consolidation process preserves memories for recall in the future.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
18.10.2017
Three-quarters of insect population have been lost in nature reserves over three decades
Three-quarters of insect population have been lost in nature reserves over three decades
Three-quarters of insect population have been lost in nature reserves over three decades The loss of bees, butterflies and other flying insects from within protected nature reserves has been even more severe than previously feared, a new report has revealed. The total biomass of flying insects in 63 nature reserves has decreased by more than 75 per cent since 1989 and above 80 per cent in the height of summer.
Life Sciences - Computer Science/Telecom
17.10.2017
UofG hosts Human Brain Project
UofG hosts Human Brain Project
The University of Glasgow today hosted the Human Brain Project (HBP) Open Day - Europe's largest brain research project - offering the public a glimpse into the world of neuroscience, neuro-robotics and brain-inspired computing.
Life Sciences
16.10.2017
The science of seeing differently
The science of seeing differently
The truths about the brain and its perceptions will be explored by neuroscientist and founder of Lab of Misfits Studio at a free University of Bristol public lecture next month.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
13.10.2017
Life Sciences - History/Archeology
12.10.2017
RIP-Jeremy-the-lefty-garden-snail
A ‘one in a million' mutant garden snail, who achieved international notoriety after a public appeal was launched to help find him a mate, has died.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
12.10.2017
Synthetic organs, nanobots and DNA ’scissors’: the future of medicine
Nanobots that patrol our bodies, killer immune cells hunting and destroying cancer cells, biological scissors that cut out defective genes: these are just some of technologies that Cambridge researchers are developing which are set to revolutionise medicine in the future.
Life Sciences - Environment/Sustainable Development
10.10.2017
The Museum of Ordinary Animals opens at UCL Grant Museum of Zoology
The Museum of Ordinary Animals opens at UCL Grant Museum of Zoology
The Museum of Ordinary Animals , an exhibition celebrating the mundane creatures in our lives including dogs, cats, cows and chickens and their role in shaping human endeavours, has opened at the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology.
Earth Sciences - Life Sciences
10.10.2017
New ichthyosaur species, long gone, found in a storeroom
A new species of ichthyosaur has been identified from a fossil that has been in the University of Nottingham's engineering collection for over half a century. The University's specimen, announced today as Protoichthyosaurus applebyi, is a holotype - the valuable original specimen that describes a new species.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
10.10.2017
Ocean critters emit greenhouse gas
Scientists have shown that ocean clams and worms are releasing a significant amount of potentially harmful greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. The team, from Cardiff University and Stockholm University, have shown that the ocean critters are producing large amounts of the strongest greenhouse gases - methane and nitrous oxides - from the bacteria in their guts.
Environment/Sustainable Development - Life Sciences
09.10.2017
Scientists complete conservation ’atlas of life’
An international team of scientists have completed the 'atlas of life' - the first global review and map of every vertebrate on Earth.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
09.10.2017
Merton College names Professor Irene Tracey as next Warden
The college's governing body has declared its intention to elect Professor Tracey, who is currently Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Nuffield Chair of Anaesthetic Science at the University of Oxford.
Life Sciences
09.10.2017
Dr Ellie Cosgrave to host new BBC podcast 'Tomorrow's World'
Dr Ellie Cosgrave to host new BBC podcast ’Tomorrow’s World’
Dr Ellie Cosgrave from UCL's Department of Science, Technology, Engineering & Public Policy (STEaPP) is co-presenting the BBC's new 'Tomorrow's World' podcast.
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