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World's biggest ever cleft lip and palate research programme

Parents of children born with a cleft lip and/or palate are being invited to enrol in the world’s largest ever cleft research programme, which will be launched in London. The research will be led by the University of Bristol in partnership with UWE Bristol.



Kent scientists reveal how world’s smallest DNA virus evolved in rare parakeets

A University of Kent-led team of scientists has gained new insight into a rare virus that is threatening to wipe out the Mauritius parakeet - one of the world’s most endangered species of parrot.



£2.7 million to target the nerve centre of the world’s biggest silent killer

High blood pressure is known as the world’s biggest silent killer because most people can’t “feel” their blood pressure going up. To help combat this chronic condition researchers have been awarded £2.7 million to determine possible new treatments.



World's first in-human stem cell trial begins

The first patient has been treated with stem cell therapy in a ground-breaking UK clinical trial



Discovery of world's deepest undersea volcanic vents

Berkshire-based remote handling specialists, Hydro-Lek Ltd, have partnered with National Oceanography Centre in Southampton to develop HyBIS, the deep ocean sampling/observation system.



Global threat of the world's leading child killer

According to studies, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae type b [Hib] infections take the lives of an estimated 1.2 million children under age 5 each year. Safe and effective vaccines exist to provide protection against both diseases.



Scientists annouce world's most sensitive cancer test

Speaking at the Institute of Physics conference Physics 2005 in the UK recently today, scientists revealled a new test for cancer, more sensitive than any existing technique and capable of predicting for the first time whether a tumour has spread.



World's smallest periscopes

A team of Vanderbilt scientists have invented the world's smallest version of the periscope and are using it to look at cells and other micro-organisms from several sides at once.



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