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Paleontology - Life Sciences - 29.07.2022
'Fossil Fishing at the Farm' - Jurassic marine world unearthed in a farmer's field
’Fossil Fishing at the Farm’ - Jurassic marine world unearthed in a farmer’s field
The discovery of an exceptional prehistoric site containing the remains of animals that lived in a tropical sea has been made in a farmer's field in Gloucestershire. Discovered beneath a field grazed by an ancient breed of English Longhorn cattle, the roughly 183-million-year-old fossils are stunningly well preserved like they were frozen in time.

Health - Life Sciences - 21.07.2022
Novel gene therapy could reduce bleeding risk for haemophilia patients
A single gene therapy injection could dramatically reduce the bleeding risk faced by people with haemophilia B, finds a study involving UCL researchers. For the paper, published in the New England Journal of Medicine , experts from UCL, Royal Free Hospital and biotechnology company Freeline Therapeutics trialled and continue to evaluate a new type of adeno-associated virus (AAV) gene therapy candidate, called FLT180a, to treat severe and moderately severe cases of the condition.

Psychology - Life Sciences - 20.07.2022
Analysis: Depression is probably not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain - new study
Analysis: Depression is probably not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain - new study
Writing in The Conversation, Professor Joanna Moncrieff and Dr Mark Horowitz (both UCL Psychiatry) report on their new research showing no clear evidence that serotonin levels or serotonin activity are responsible for depression. For three decades, people have been deluged with information suggesting that depression is caused by a "chemical imbalance" in the brain - namely an imbalance of a brain chemical called serotonin.

Life Sciences - Campus - 20.07.2022
My UCL Experience staff survey action plan underway
My UCL Experience staff survey action plan underway
Thank you once again to those of you who took part in My UCL Experience, our all-staff survey, in April 2022 to share your feedback on working at UCL.

Life Sciences - 19.07.2022

Life Sciences - Health - 19.07.2022
Genomics England data set to propose updated global guidelines to improve rare disease diagnosis
Stock-photo-dna-helix-gene-molecule-spiral-loop-d-genetic-chromosome-cell-dna-molecule-spiral-of-blue-light-1559659808.jpg DNA helix, gene molecule spiral loop, 3D genetic chromosome cell.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 18.07.2022
Opinion: Ancient salamander was hidden inside mystery rock for 50 years
Opinion: Ancient salamander was hidden inside mystery rock for 50 years
Writing in The Conversation, Dr Marc Jones and Professor Susan Evans (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) and Professor Richard Benson (University of Oxford) write about their research into a newly-identified extinct salamander species found in Scotland.

Health - Life Sciences - 11.07.2022
’There isn’t anything like it in the UK’
A major new institute opens today, bringing together the largest concentration of scientists and clinicians in heart and lung medicine in Europe.

Life Sciences - Health - 30.06.2022
UK organisations release annual statistics for use of animals in research
The ten organisations in Great Britain that carry out the highest number of animal procedures - those used in medical, veterinary and scientific research - have today released their annual statistics.

Health - Life Sciences - 20.06.2022
RVC joins UK’s top scientists to combat increasing cases of bird flu
The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has announced its involvement in a new major UK research consortium, convened to battle bird flu following unprecedented outbreaks, which have led to more than 100 cases in the UK this year alone.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.06.2022

Life Sciences - 13.06.2022
’Monkey media player’ suggests zoo animals may prefer to listen
A 'monkey media player' which lets zoo animals choose between video and sound files suggests they may prefer to spend more of their time listening than watching. The player is the latest development in ongoing zoo enrichment research from animal-computer interaction specialists at the University of Glasgow in the UK and Aalto University in Finland.

Health - Life Sciences - 03.06.2022
App detecting jaundice in babies a success in first major clinical trial
App detecting jaundice in babies a success in first major clinical trial
A smartphone app that identifies severe jaundice in newborn babies by scanning their eyes could be a life-saver in areas that lack access to expensive screening devices, suggests a study co-authored by researchers at UCL (University College London) and the University of Ghana. The app, called neoSCB, was developed by clinicians and engineers at UCL and was used to screen for jaundice in over 300 newborn babies in Ghana, following an initial pilot study on 37 newborns at University College London Hospital (UCLH) in 2020.

Health - Life Sciences - 31.05.2022
Museum of Natural History to showcase Science Together community-researcher collaborations
Museum of Natural History to showcase Science Together community-researcher collaborations
Explore Science Together event at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on Tuesday 7 June.

Health - Life Sciences - 27.05.2022
Research project awarded 1m in funding to uncover new ’fingerprints’ of brain disease
Cardiff scientists have been awarded nearly 1m to investigate how the world's most powerful imaging technology can help to spot new signs of disease in the brain.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.05.2022
Opinion: Catatonia - the person's body may be frozen, but their minds are not
Opinion: Catatonia - the person’s body may be frozen, but their minds are not
Writing in The Conversation, Dr Jonathan Rogers (UCL Psychiatry) describes new research explores what some people experiencing catatonia feel and think that overwhelms them to the point of being unable to move.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.05.2022
At-home blood test for juvenile-onset Huntington's disease to be trialled
At-home blood test for juvenile-onset Huntington’s disease to be trialled
A blood test could screen children for juvenile-onset Huntington's disease, reports a new UCL-led study, ahead of a larger trial of an at-home finger prick test for the condition.

Health - Life Sciences - 24.05.2022
Reducing TV viewing to less than one hour a day could help prevent more than one in ten cases of coronary heart disease
Reducing TV viewing to less than one hour a day could help prevent more than one in ten cases of coronary heart disease
Watching too much TV is associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease regardless of an individual's genetic makeup, say a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge and the University of Hong Kong.

Health - Life Sciences - 23.05.2022

Life Sciences - Health - 23.05.2022
Opinion: Five facts about the gruesome beauty of solitary wasps
Writing in The Conversation, Professor Seirian Sumner (UCL Biosciences) shares some of the wildest and most shocking facts about solitary wasps, borrowed from her new book "Endless forms: The secret world of wasps.

Health - Life Sciences - 13.05.2022
Cambridge recognised once again as a Leader in Openness around animal research
Cambridge recognised once again as a Leader in Openness around animal research
The University of Cambridge has once again been recognised as a Leader in Openness for its work to promote openness and transparency around research involving the use of animals.

Health - Life Sciences - 12.05.2022

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 10.05.2022
Chile's first complete ichthyosaur recovered from a glacier in Patagonia
Chile’s first complete ichthyosaur recovered from a glacier in Patagonia
The fossilised remains of Chile's first complete ichthyosaur have been unearthed from a melting glacier deep in the Patagonia area of the South American country.

Life Sciences - Health - 10.05.2022
Joubert Syndrome: the link between intellectual disability and defects in the hippocampus
Joubert Syndrome: the link between intellectual disability and defects in the hippocampus
An important link has been found between the intellectual disability seen in children with Joubert Syndrome and defects in a specific part of the brain. An important link has been found between the intellectual disability experienced by children with the rare disease Joubert Syndrome (JS) and defects in the hippocampus.

Life Sciences - Paleontology - 10.05.2022
Whales evolved in three rapid phases, reveals largest study of its kind
Whales evolved in three rapid phases, reveals largest study of its kind
The diversity seen in whale skulls was achieved through three key periods of rapid evolution, reveals a new study led by researchers at UCL and the Natural History Museum. The study, published in Current Biology , gathered the most expansive 3D scan data set ever for Cetacea (whale) skulls spanning 88 living species (representing 95% of extant cetacean species) and 113 fossil species and covering 50 million years of evolution.

Mathematics - Life Sciences - 26.04.2022
Cambridge academics win European Research Council Advanced Grants
Nine Cambridge academics have won Advanced Grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC). This is the greatest number of grants won by a UK institution in the 2021 round of funding.

Life Sciences - Campus - 24.03.2022

Health - Life Sciences - 08.03.2022
University of Glasgow researchers lend support to UK networks to transform older age health
Researchers from the University of Glasgow are playing central roles in four new national research networks focused on transforming the wellbeing of older people and boosting the economy.

Health - Life Sciences - 21.02.2022
University of Glasgow researchers to lead new national influenza virus toolkit
University of Glasgow researchers to lead new national influenza virus toolkit
Researchers at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) have received 200,000 funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC), matched with more than 100,000 of in-kind funding

Health - Life Sciences - 11.02.2022
Opinion: Why the world's genomic revolution is incomplete
Opinion: Why the world’s genomic revolution is incomplete
European and American scientists dominate the field of genomic research. A lack of diversity leads to major missed opportunities, writes Professor Karoline Kuchenbaecker (UCL Genetics Institute and UCL Psychiatry) with a London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine colleague. The last few decades have seen a genomic revolution.

Life Sciences - 09.02.2022
Fossils excavated in the 1960s add missing link to crocodile evolution
A set of Triassic archosaur fossils, excavated in the 1960s in Tanzania, have been formally recognised as a distinct species, representing one of the earliest-known members of the crocodile evolutionary lineage.

Life Sciences - 09.02.2022
Studying penguin poo to understand the effects of climate change
Studying penguin poo to understand the effects of climate change
Scientists from the Milner Centre for Evolution have just returned from a month-long expedition studying penguin colonies in the Antarctic.

Life Sciences - Health - 09.02.2022
Opinion: Chimpanzees rub insects on wounds - suggesting treating others may not be uniquely human
Opinion: Chimpanzees rub insects on wounds - suggesting treating others may not be uniquely human
The way that the chimpanzees of the Rekambo community treat both their sores and those of others, suggests that they may share prosocial tendencies with humans, say Dr Alexander Piel (UCL Anthropology) & Dr Fiona Stewart (Liverpool John Moores University).

Health - Life Sciences - 07.02.2022
First-in-human implant of a ’closed-loop’ bioelectronic research system
Researchers at Oxford University have implanted a novel closed-loop research platform for investigating the role of the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) - a brainstem nucleus - in Parkinson's-like Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA).