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Environment - Life Sciences - 07.05.2021
International Experts Launch First Global Initiative to Map Ungulate Migrations
An international team of 91 scientists and conservationists, including from the University of Glasgow, has joined forces to create the first-ever global atlas of ungulate (hooved mammal) migrations, working in partnership with the United Nations' Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). The detailed maps of the seasonal movements of herds worldwide will help governments, indigenous people and local communities, planners, and wildlife managers to identify current and future threats to migrations, and advance conservation measures to sustain them in the face of an expanding human footprint.

Life Sciences - Innovation - 06.05.2021
’Earswitch’ could allow people with neurological conditions to communicate using a hidden ear muscle
The revolutionary device being developed by a GP with researchers at Bath could offer fresh hope for people with conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease.

Life Sciences - Health - 06.05.2021
The Royal Society announces election of new Fellows 2021
Cambridge scientists are among the new Fellows announced today by the Royal Society. Our new Fellows and Foreign Members are all at the forefronts of their fields from molecular genetics and cancer research to tropical open ecosystems and radar technology.

Environment - Life Sciences - 29.04.2021
Wasps are valuable for ecosystems, economy and human health (just like bees)
Wasps deserve to be just as highly valued as other insects, like bees, due to their roles as predators, pollinators, and more, according to a new review paper led by UCL and University of East Anglia researchers.

Health - Life Sciences - 29.04.2021
Rapid evolution and host immunity drive the rise and fall of antibiotic resistance during acute infection
Rapid evolution and host immunity drive the rise and fall of antibiotic resistance during acute infection
Antibiotic resistance poses a serious threat to human health. Resistant infections now cause more than 750,000 deaths per year and are predicted to increase to 10 million deaths per year by 2050.

Life Sciences - Career - 29.04.2021
Analysis: How the UK is joining the genomic technology arms race
The announcement of taxpayer funding for genomic research signals the UK's intentions in the field of genomic technology, but the path forward will have lasting consequences on how we perceive genome tech in the public space, says PhD candidate Yusef Paolo Rabiah (UCL STEaPP).

Life Sciences - Environment - 29.04.2021
Opinion: why I love wasps, and why you should too
Professor Seirian Sumner (UCL Biosciences) explains why wasps deserve to be just as highly valued as other insects, like bees, due to their roles as predators, pollinators, and even an efficient source of protein.

Life Sciences - Campus - 27.04.2021
Upgrade will lead to greater research impact
Upgrade will lead to greater research impact
A major refurbishment to enhance world-class research facilities for the Faculty of Biological Sciences is complete.

Health - Life Sciences - 26.04.2021
Weight loss surgery significantly reduces brain pressure in patients with increasingly common neurological condition
Weight loss surgery significantly reduces brain pressure in patients with increasingly common neurological condition, study finds Weight loss surgery is more effective than dieting to reduce brain pr

Life Sciences - Health - 22.04.2021
Bristol awarded record number of European grants for 'excellent' science, third highest in Europe
Bristol awarded record number of European grants for ’excellent’ science, third highest in Europe
The University will receive €13M for globally significant research into anti-microbial resistance, artificial reproduction, futuristic materials, quantum mechanics, the philosophy of evolution and a truth taskforce to combat misinformation.

Life Sciences - Campus - 22.04.2021
Researchers feature on Attenborough Netflix series
Researchers feature on Attenborough Netflix series
University researchers feature on a Netflix series narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Launching on the streaming giant on Earth Day (April 22), Life in Colour with David Attenborough is an expanded version of the BBC series Attenborough's Life in Colour , which aired earlier this year. Over the series, Sir David unearths how colour, and how creatures perceive that colour, dictates the undulations of the animal kingdom.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 20.04.2021
Researchers raise alarm over stalled adoption of biotechnology to improve food security
The worldwide adoption of biotechnologies to improve crop production has stalled, putting global food security at risk, according to an international team of researchers led by the University of Birmingham.

Computer Science - Life Sciences - 16.04.2021
Opinion: What separates humans from AI? It’s doubt
Computers can drive our cars and beat us at chess. What they lack is our ability to know when we don't know, says Dr Steve Fleming (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).

Health - Life Sciences - 12.04.2021
Stress does not lead to loss of self-control in eating disorders
Stress does not lead to loss of self-control in eating disorders
A unique residential study has concluded that, contrary to perceived wisdom, people with eating disorders do not lose self-control - leading to binge-eating - in response to stress.

Health - Life Sciences - 12.04.2021
Conservationists may be unintentionally spreading pathogens between threatened animal populations
Conservationists may be unintentionally spreading pathogens between threatened animal populations
Moving endangered species to new locations is often used as part of species conservation strategies, and can help to restore degraded ecosystems. But scientists say there is a high risk that these relocations are accidentally spreading diseases and parasites. We've seen that mixing different populations of mussels can allow widespread transmission of gonad-eating worms.

Life Sciences - Environment - 31.03.2021
One of the world's most secretive mammals photographed in WildCRU's Togo survey | University of Oxford
One of the world’s most secretive mammals photographed in WildCRU’s Togo survey | University of Oxford
Researchers at the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), , today confirmed that it has captured the first ever images of Walter's duiker ( Philantomba walteri ) alive in the wild. This small African antelope has hitherto been secretive to the point of invisibility. The WildCRU study, published today in  African Journal of Ecology , was led in Togo by local mammologist, Délagnon Assou, with the base team led by Dr Neil D'Cruze, and shows a stunning picture of an animal which has never been photographed alive in the wild before.

Life Sciences - 30.03.2021

Health - Life Sciences - 30.03.2021

Health - Life Sciences - 29.03.2021

Life Sciences - Health - 23.03.2021
The Kennel Club Genetics Centre to re-open as part of the University of Cambridge
The Kennel Club Genetics Centre to re-open as part of the University of Cambridge
Following the announcement in July 2020 of the closure of the Animal Health Trust, The Kennel Club Canine Genetics Centre will officially re-open and be located at the University of Cambridge where it

Life Sciences - 19.03.2021
Bioengineers learn the secrets to precisely turning on and off genes
Bioengineers learn the secrets to precisely turning on and off genes
In a recent study led by the University of Bristol, scientists have shown how to simultaneously harness multiple forms of regulation in living cells to strictly control gene expression and open new avenues for improved biotechnologies.

Health - Life Sciences - 10.03.2021
European consortium to use AI to improve pancreatic cancer treatment
The University of Glasgow will play a key role in a new pan European consortium, using artificial intelligence to improve treatments for pancreatic cancer.

Life Sciences - 09.03.2021
Analysis: It’s not just doorways that make us forget what we came for in the next room
Dr Jessica Mcfadyen (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) and Dr Oliver Baumann (Bond University) discuss their research into the 'doorway effect', and what actually causes memory lapses when we move from room to room.

Environment - Life Sciences - 04.03.2021
Race to restore seagrass around the UK
A UCL led study has highlighted the urgent need to restore seagrass meadows around the UK after calculating as much as 92% of these underwater meadows have been lost in British waters. Seagrass is a plant that is vital to healthy marine ecosystems, supporting fish stocks, providing breeding grounds for seahorses and helping to absorb and trap carbon from the atmosphere.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.02.2021
World-leading children’s hospitals partner to find new treatments for paediatric diseases
Ahead of Rare Disease Day (28 February), leading children's research institutions on three continents are joining forces to decipher paediatric illnesses, including rare diseases, and find better treatments.

Life Sciences - Health - 23.02.2021
’More visibility is one of many important steps to improve lack of diversity’
Cardiff-born neuroscientist Dr Dayne Beccano-Kelly takes up his role as leader of a team at the cutting edge of Parkinson's Disease research at the UK Dementia Research Institute's centre at Cardiff University this month.

Life Sciences - Health - 23.02.2021
Doctors reverse jumping vision caused by light deprivation
Gradual exposure to light restored vision to a migraine sufferer who developed miner's nystagmus after an extended period of severe light deprivation, reports a team led by UCL experts.

Health - Life Sciences - 22.02.2021
Q&A with Sharon Peacock, coronavirus variant hunter
The UK is a world leader in sequencing SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Of all the coronavirus genomes that have been sequenced in the world, nearly half have been sequenced by COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (Cog-UK).

Life Sciences - 22.02.2021
Researchers feature on captivating BBC Two wildlife series
Researchers feature on captivating BBC Two wildlife series
Fascinating research by two University of Bristol academics features in a new BBC Two wildlife series.

Life Sciences - Health - 12.02.2021

Environment - Life Sciences - 09.02.2021
Man-made borders threaten wildlife as climate changes
Man-made borders threaten wildlife as climate changes
Man-made borders like the USA-Mexico border wall could make it difficult for almost 700 mammal species to adapt to climate change.

Health - Life Sciences - 03.02.2021
University of Glasgow spinout enters oncology collaboration with Congenica
Gabriel Precision Oncology Limited (known as Gabriel) - a University of Glasgow spinout company - announces an important oncology collaboration with Congenica. Congenica is a digital health company enabling rapid and accurate analysis of complex genomic data to transform people's lives. Working together, the two teams will develop a new highly automated somatic cancer clinical interpretation software platform, which will support the use of multiple genomic assays in routine clinical practice.

Life Sciences - 02.02.2021
How to blackmail your family
How to blackmail your family
Raising kids can be tough, and sometimes you need all the help you can get. Biologists at the University of Bristol argue that some animals might be able to blackmail reluctant relatives into assisting with the rearing of young.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 02.02.2021
Supercomputer in your bedroom: Researchers unleash potential of desktop PCs to run simulations of mammals' brains
Supercomputer in your bedroom: Researchers unleash potential of desktop PCs to run simulations of mammals’ brains
University of Sussex academics have established a method of turbocharging desktop PCs to give them the same capability as supercomputers worth tens of millions of pounds. Dr James Knight and Prof Thomas Nowotny from the University of Sussex's School of Engineering and Informatics used the latest Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) to give a single desktop PC the capacity to simulate brain models of almost unlimited size.

Environment - Life Sciences - 26.01.2021
Analysis: why foods grown in warm climates could be doing the most damage to wildlife
Food produced in tropical and Mediterranean regions comes at a higher cost to biodiversity than that grown elsewhere, say Dr Tim Newbold, Adrienne Etard, Gonzalo Albaladejo Robles and Jessica J Williams (all UCL Biosciences).

Life Sciences - Event - 21.01.2021

Life Sciences - Environment - 21.01.2021
Common pesticides stop bees and flies from getting a good night’s sleep
Just like us, many insects need a decent night's sleep to function properly, but this might not be possible if they have been exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides, the most common form of insecticide used worldwide, suggests research by academics at the University of Bristol.

Life Sciences - Health - 21.01.2021

Life Sciences - 19.01.2021
Male butterflies mark their mates with a repulsive smell during sex to 'turn off' other suitors
Male butterflies mark their mates with a repulsive smell during sex to ’turn off’ other suitors
Butterflies have evolved to produce a strongly scented chemical in their genitals, which they leave behind after sex to deter other males from pursuing their mates.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.01.2021
Threats of new SARS-CoV-2 variants focus of UK-wide study
Scientists at UCL will play a key role in helping understand the effects of emerging mutations in SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as part of a new national research project.

Life Sciences - Health - 15.01.2021
National consortium to study the threats of new SARS-CoV-2 variants
The University of Glasgow is joining a new national research project to study the effects of emerging mutations in SARS-CoV-2, which will be launched with £2.5 million of funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The 'G2P-UK' National Virology Consortium* will study how mutations in the virus affect key outcomes such as how transmissible it is, the severity of COVID-19 it causes, and the effectiveness of vaccines and treatments.

Health - Life Sciences - 13.01.2021
COVID-19: UCL academics mobilise to provide critical advice and expert comment
As coronavirus spreads around the world, UCL experts are taking a prominent role in advancing public knowledge about the virus by advising world leaders, providing expert comment in the media and urgently researching new ways of tackling COVID-19.

Health - Life Sciences - 12.01.2021

Health - Life Sciences - 11.01.2021
Asymptomatic screening and genome sequencing help Cambridge understand spread of SARS-CoV-2 among its students
Since the start of the academic year in October 2020, the University of Cambridge has been offering regular SARS-CoV-2 tests to all students living in its Colleges, even if they show no symptoms.

Life Sciences - Health - 08.01.2021
COVID-19 genome sequencing project gets major upgrade
Supercomputing facilities set up to track the spread and evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic have received £1.2m in government funding to expand globally.
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