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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
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
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
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’ 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
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.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.10.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 12.10.2020
Mindset4Dementia app uses AI for next generation screening tool
A team of students and doctors, led by UCL medic Hamzah Selim, have launched an innovative app which uses fun brain games to screen people for signs of dementia. The Mindset4Dementia app, made available on the App Store this month, asks users a series of questions around age, health and lifestyle, before getting them to complete a series of playful cognitive exercises.

Environment - Life Sciences - 07.10.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 06.10.2020
Spread of COVID-19 mapped in hospitals to ’break the chain’ of transmission
A first-of-its kind clinical trial, led by scientists at UCL, will evaluate the use of 'real time' viral genomic data to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within hospitals.

Health - Life Sciences - 01.10.2020
Researcher joins Leukaemia & Myeloma Research UK’s Research Review Committee
Sussex researcher joins Leukaemia & Myeloma Research UK's Research Review Committee A University of Sussex researcher has been appointed to the Research Review Committee for a UK charity committed to tackling blood cancer.

Life Sciences - Environment - 30.09.2020
Reptiles divided up the spoils in ancient seas
Reptiles divided up the spoils in ancient seas
Duria Antiquior - a more ancient Dorset. Watercolour of a Mesozoic marine ecosystem by geologist Henry De la Beche, painted in 1830. Ancient oceans have fascinated natural historians since the 1800s Mesozoic marine tetrapod ecospace. Animals in each group share ecological characteristics.

Life Sciences - Pharmacology - 21.09.2020
Discovery of a druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein could stop virus in its tracks
Discovery of a druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein could stop virus in its tracks
Professor Imre Berger University of Bristol Professor Christiane Schaffitzel University of Bristol 3D structure image of SARS CoV-2 Spike protein University of Bristol 21 September 2020 A druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein that could be used to stop the virus from infecting human cells has been discovered by an international team of scientists led by the University of Bristol.

Health - Life Sciences - 16.09.2020
Parkinson’s disease research at UCL gets 19m boost
Parkinson's disease researchers at UCL are launching three new studies to understand causes and progression of the disease, with the aim of finding new approaches to treatment.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.09.2020
Earliest steps in the development of an immune response
Immunity requires the close cooperation between different types of white blood cells, particularly those called T cells and B cells, which adapt to respond differently to each new infection. The process of white blood cells responding to infections begins earlier than previously thought, according to a new study by scientists at the University of Birmingham.

Environment - Life Sciences - 09.09.2020
Living Planet Report reveals 68% decline in global wildlife populations since 1970
Living Planet Report reveals 68% decline in global wildlife populations since 1970
Global populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have declined by over two-thirds in less than half a century, due in large part to the same environmental destruction that is contributing to the emergence of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19, according to a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report released today.

Life Sciences - Health - 04.09.2020
Research to unravel blackleg and nematode interactions in potato crops
Scientists from across the University of Glasgow and partner organisations are working to understand the interactions between pathogen Pectobacterium atrosepticum and an array of soil-microbe-crop int

Life Sciences - Health - 04.09.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 31.08.2020
Scientists aim to unravel immune system’s response to COVID-19
Researchers at UCL will play a leading role in the new UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium (UK-CIC), which aims to better understand the immune response to COVID-19. UK-CIC has received 6.5m funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and brings together leading immunologists from 17 UK research institutions including UCL.

Health - Life Sciences - 19.08.2020
Prevention of heart disease can start before birth
Prevention of heart disease can start before birth
Mitochondrial therapy in complicated pregnancies lowers the chance of cardiovascular problems in the offspring. It completely changes our way of thinking about heart disease Dino Giussani Babies that experience low oxygen levels in the womb due to pregnancy complications often go on to develop heart disease in adulthood.

Life Sciences - Earth Sciences - 12.08.2020
Ancient North American reptiles lived on an island archipelago in South Wales
Ancient North American reptiles lived on an island archipelago in South Wales
A recent study, led by the University of Bristol has uncovered fossils of dwarf reptiles that lived in South Wales 205 million years ago and were closely related to North American animals that lived 15 million years earlier.

Environment - Life Sciences - 11.08.2020
How fish stocks will change in warming seas
The Celtic Sea, English Channel and southern North Sea have experienced significant warming over the past 40 years and further increases in sea temperatures are expected over the coming decades. Projecting future changes can help prepare the fishing industry and management systems for resulting ecological, social and economic effects.

Life Sciences - Health - 04.08.2020
Suggests embryos could be susceptible to coronavirus as early as second week of pregnancy
Suggests embryos could be susceptible to coronavirus as early as second week of pregnancy
Genes that are thought to play a role in how the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects our cells have been found to be active in embryos as early as during the second week of pregnancy, say scientists at the University of Cambridge and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Event - Life Sciences - 04.08.2020

Life Sciences - Environment - 30.07.2020
One quarter of native mammals now at risk of extinction in Britain
One quarter of native mammals now at risk of extinction in Britain
The first official Red List for British Mammals, led by a University of Sussex Professor shows that 11 of the 47 mammals native to Britain are classified as being at imminent risk of extinction.

Health - Life Sciences - 27.07.2020
New pinprick blood test for Covid-19
A convenient, low-cost blood test for Covid-19 has been developed by scientists in Wales. Dried blood spot (DBS) samples have been used since the 1960s to test newborn babies for inherited disorders.

Health - Life Sciences - 16.07.2020

Environment - Life Sciences - 13.07.2020

Life Sciences - Health - 13.07.2020

Health - Life Sciences - 10.07.2020
Seven Questions with... Lia Bote
This week we meet first year Biological Sciences student Lia Bote, who is founder of London COVID-19 Care Central, a student-led initiative publishing updates on the pandemic for students.

Health - Life Sciences - 09.07.2020

Life Sciences - 08.07.2020
New report calls for ambitious pesticide reduction target
A new report published by The Wildlife Trusts and authored by a University of Sussex Professor sets out examples of how we can halt insect decline, while asking people, in every part of society, to become 'insect champions'. Reversing the decline of insects cites examples of farmers, communities, councils and charities that are boosting insect populations - and proving that it can be done.

Health - Life Sciences - 08.07.2020
Opinion: How coronavirus affects the brain
Honorary Senior Lecturer Dr Michael Zandi (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) describes the four main effects Covid-19 has on the brain, and considers parallels to the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Life Sciences - Health - 07.07.2020
Eight Cambridge researchers elected as members of the European Molecular Biology Organisation
Eight Cambridge researchers - six from the University of Cambridge and two from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology - are among the 63 scientists from around the world elected this year as Members and Associate Members of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).

Life Sciences - Environment - 06.07.2020
Why it's no last orders for the Tequila bat: DNA helps conservation of elusive bat
Why it’s no last orders for the Tequila bat: DNA helps conservation of elusive bat
Scientists studying the -near threatened- tequila bat, best known for its vital role in pollinating the Blue Agave plant from which the drink of the same name is made from, have analysed its DNA to help inform conservationists on managing their populations.

Life Sciences - Health - 05.07.2020
Pioneering brain haemorrhage treatment reduces long-term disability in premature babies
Pioneering brain haemorrhage treatment reduces long-term disability in premature babies
Premature babies with serious brain haemorrhage treated with a 'brain washing' technique pioneered by Bristol researchers have shown in a 10-year follow-up study, were twice as likely to survive without severe learning disability when compared with infants given standard treatment. The findings are published today [5 July] in the journal Archives of Diseases in Childhood.
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