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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.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 04.01.2021
Clinical criteria for diagnosing autism inadequate for people with genetic conditions
People with certain genetic conditions are likely to have significant symptoms of autism, even if they do not meet all diagnostic criteria, a study concludes.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 21.12.2020
Study resolves the position of fleas on the tree of life
A study of more than 1,400 protein-coding genes of fleas has resolved one of the longest standing mysteries in the evolution of insects, reordering their placement in the tree of life and pinpointing who their closest relatives are. The University of Bristol study, published in the journal Palaeoentomology , drew on the largest insect molecular dataset available.

Environment - Life Sciences - 16.12.2020
’There’s this whole unknown and hidden world inside all of us - and it can tell us so much’
When Sophie Watson tells family and friends what she does for a living she tends to keep it simple; “I just say I work with polar bears and wolverines.

Life Sciences - 16.12.2020
Children engage with science through creative writing competition
Milner Centre for Evolution have announced the winners of a competition for primary school children to write and illustrate a story or poem about genetics.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 11.12.2020
Repelling pests with Nature’s chemicals
Led by Professor Rudolf Allemann from the School of Chemistry, the team have developed processes that have allowed the chemicals to be produced in large quantities and at a fraction of the price of traditional pesticides.

Innovation - Life Sciences - 09.12.2020
Scottish start-up wins contract to support Silicon Valley alternative protein trials
SalmoSim, a University of Glasgow salmon simulator start-up, has secured its first commercial contract with California-based Calysta, supporting trials for a sustainable alternative protein source that could be rolled-out across the global aquaculture industry.

Health - Life Sciences - 08.12.2020
Opinion: Editing the DNA of human embryos could protect us from future pandemics
Gene editing has long been controversial, but in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is now being looked at as a potential way to help prevent future pandemics, says PhD candidate Yusef Paolo Rabiah (UCL STEaPP).

Research Management - Life Sciences - 30.11.2020
UCL academics recognised in annual global list of influential researchers
49 UCL academics are included in the 'Highly Cited Researchers 2020' list from Clarivate, which recognises authors of the most influential research papers around the world.

Life Sciences - Environment - 26.11.2020
Urgent action needed as 1 in 3 native mammals at risk of extinction in Wales
A third of native mammals are currently at risk of extinction in Wales, according to a new report. The State of Mammals in Wales report examines for the first time in over 20 years the current situation for species in the country.

Life Sciences - Linguistics / Literature - 17.11.2020

Life Sciences - Health - 16.11.2020
Cambridge-led SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance consortium receives £12.2 million
The COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium has been backed by the Department for Health and Social Care Testing Innovation Fund to expand whole genome sequencing of positive SARS-CoV-2 virus samples to map how COVID-19 spreads and evolves.

Life Sciences - Health - 04.11.2020
Big babies, little mothers: tsetse flies show extreme mothering
The tsetse fly is an exception to the almost universal law of nature that babies are born smaller than their mothers.

Health - Life Sciences - 02.11.2020
Swipe right to help tackle brain disease
An app to help scientists sort through thousands of images of brain scans to use in large-scale studies of brain disease has been created by a group of staff and students from Cardiff University.

Life Sciences - Campus - 27.10.2020

Life Sciences - Environment - 27.10.2020
Analysis: Expanding marine protected areas by 5% could boost fish yields by 20%
Increasing the size and number of areas where fishing is banned could boost the amount of fish caught in other areas, but gaining the support of local fishers is key, explains Dr Peter Jones (UCL Geography).

Health - Life Sciences - 26.10.2020
Drug-resistant hospital bacteria persist even after deep cleaning, genomic study reveals
Scientists have used genome sequencing to reveal the extent to which a drug-resistant gastrointestinal bacterium can spread within a hospital, highlighting the challenge hospitals face in controlling infections.

Health - Life Sciences - 23.10.2020
’Mini-lungs’ reveal early stages of SARS-CoV-2 infection
'Mini-lungs' grown from tissue donated to Cambridge hospitals has provided a team of scientists from South Korea and the UK with important insights into how COVID-19 damages the lungs. Writing in the journal Cell Stem Cell , the researchers detail the mechanisms underlying SARS-CoV-2 infection and the early innate immune response in the lungs.

Life Sciences - Health - 22.10.2020
Spotlight on: Nick Ward
This week we talk to Nick, a Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurorehabilitation at UCL Queen Square, about his work with recovering brain injury patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Life Sciences - Environment - 20.10.2020

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 16.10.2020
World’s greatest mass extinction triggered switch to warm-bloodedness
The origin of endothermy in synapsids, including the ancestors of mammals. The diagram shows the evolution of main groups through the Triassic, and the scale from blue to red is a measure of the degree of warm-bloodedness reconstructed based on different indicators of bone structure and anatomy.
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