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To feed the future, we must mine the wealth of the world’s seed banks today

With fewer than a dozen flowering plants out of 300,000 species accounting for 80 percent of humanity’s caloric intake, people need to tap unused plants to feed the world in the near future, claims Cornell University plant geneticist...

Staphylococcus aureus vaccine

A consortium comprising Imaxio, the Jenner Institute at Oxford University, the European Vaccine Initiative and Preclin Biosystems has been awarded a major FP7 grant to support development and phase I clinical trial of an S. aureus vaccine.

Rare pregnancy condition programmes babies to become overweight in later life

Babies born to mothers who suffer from a rare metabolic complication during pregnancy are programmed to be overweight, according to a study published today in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Exotic fish study sheds light on how our nerves protect themselves

Fresh insights gained from a study of tropical fish could help our understanding of how the nervous system works.

Are solariums eight times more effective than natural sunlight?

Vitamin D is one of the key building blocks of the human immune system and the importance of vitamin D for bone density has long been recognised. A growing number of studies have shown that high levels of vitamin D can also help to combat...

Why jumping genes don’t send us into meltdown

A team of researchers, led by academics at The University of Nottingham, has explained why the so-called ‘jumping genes’ found in most living organisms don’t ultimately kill off their hosts, putting an end to a long-standing...

Research reveals low exposure of excellent work by female scientists

Scientists at the University of Sheffield have found that high quality science by female academics is underrepresented in comparison to that of their male counterparts.

Genetic studies lead to clinical trial of new treatment for type 1 diabetes

A clinical trial is underway for a potential new treatment for type 1 diabetes that could eventually mean patients are able to reduce insulin treatment from several times a day to only once or twice a week.

Danish researchers expose new cause of life-threatening disease

Danish researchers have just published findings that explain a previously unknown mechanism used by cells to communicate with one another.

Curie-Cancer and Biolog-id sign partnership agreement

Within the partnership, Curie-Cancer and Biolog-id will develop a pilot system of RFID tags suitable for use in tracking cancer chemotherapy preparations

New strategy for defeating neuroblastoma

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have found a promising strategy for defeating neuroblastoma – a malignant form of cancer in children – that focuses on the so-called MYCN protein.

New method of mass-producing high-quality DNA molecules

A new method of manufacturing short, single-stranded DNA molecules can solve many of the problems associated with current production...

‘Junk DNA’ plays active role in cancer progression

Scientists at The University of Nottingham have found that a genetic rogue element produced by sequences until recently considered ‘junk DNA’ could promote cancer progression.

A new model for genetic testing in cancer patients

A research programme that will lay the foundations for anyone with cancer to have access to genetic testing has been launched with £2.7 million funding from the Wellcome Trust.

Researchers develop new oral diarrhea vaccine

University of Gothenburg Vaccine Research Institute (GUVAX) announces successful results in a placebo controlled phase I study of an oral, inactivated Escherichia coli diarrhea vaccine.

Transgene announces its invesment in ElsaLys Biotech

The Start-up company will develop therapeutic antibodies against novel targets in the fields of cancer and inflammation.

Body fat hardens arteries after middle age

Having too much body fat makes arteries become stiff after middle age, a new study has revealed.

Semi-quantitative determination of Zilpaterol in beef tissue samples

Randox Food Diagnostics have recently released a Zilpaterol ELISA and Zilpaterol only biochip array.

Cost effective and reliable analysis of beverage antioxidant activity

Antioxidants present in red wine, tea, fruit juices and other beverages are known to give cardio-protective effect. The Randox Food Diagnostics Total Antioxidant Status (TAS) kit provides beverage companies with a useful tool to evaluate...

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