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ecology and evolutionary biology

A time of unprecedented opportunity for ecology and evolutionary biology

Stephanie E. Hampton, Division Director and George W. Gilchrist, Acting Deputy Division Director, at the National Science Foundation’s Division of Environmental Biology, convey that now is a time of unprecedented opportunity for ecology and evolutionary biology.
Dinosaur DNA

No resurrecting dinosaurs, but we should return to the Ark

Here, Professor Darren Griffin and Doctor Becky O’Connor, The University of Kent, discuss their fascinating work on Dinosaur DNA, as well as new initiatives for preserving species DNA.
North America Analysis

North America Analysis – October 2019

A very warm welcome to the October 2019 edition of North America Analysis, which boasts a vast array of mind transforming content on many policy issues from the region, including a special feature on advanced computing in the United States.
Synthetic biology

Synthetic biology: Past, present and future

Gábor Balázsi, Ph.D. from the Louis and Beatrice Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University in the U.S., shares his perspective on the field of synthetic biology in terms of the past, present and future.
genetic testing

Genetic testing: What’s wrong with my child?

Dr Katie Finch discusses with Professors Darren Griffin and Alan Thornhill her personal journey involving genetic testing of her son Brandon.
auditory development

The importance of patterned activity in the nervous system for auditory functions

George Ordiway, a PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. Jason Tait Sanchez at Northwestern University, discusses how patterned activity in the nervous system permits a wide range of biologically relevant functions, including auditory development.
peptide pathways, human evolution

A focus on biology: Peptide pathways to human evolution

Dr Sue Carter, Director, Emerita of The Kinsey Institute, argues that emotionally powerful social behaviours are built upon primal functions in her fascinating discussion on peptide pathways to human evolution.
aliens in the baltic, biofouling

Biofouling: Aliens in the Baltic Sea

Dominik Littfass, HELCOM Communication Secretary explains the biofouling – the attachment of living organisms to the hull of ships – one of the main vectors of invasions of aquatic ecosystems from alien or non-indigenous species.
advances in plant pathology, tomato diseases

Advances in plant pathology: Impact on tomato diseases

Aarthi Janakiraman, Industry Manager, Chemicals and Advanced Materials at TechVision, Frost & Sullivan, discusses advances in plant pathology, with a focus on the impact of this on tomato diseases.
oxytocin in birth, oxytocin vasopressin

Oxytocin, vasopressin and mother nature

Dr Sue Carter, The Kinsey Institute, discusses the critical role of oxytocin in birth, lactation and maternal behaviour and in tuning the baby’s developing endocrine and nervous system.
opportunities in dementia research, disease-modifying treatment

Current gaps and future opportunities in dementia research

Here, Hilary Evans, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Research UK, outlines the current gaps and future opportunities in dementia research.
functional nanomaterials, biological targeting

Functional nanomaterials: Fit for purpose

Researchers at Técnico, Univ. Lisboa, share their expertise on functional nanomaterials and why they are fit for purpose.

Paediatric Hepatitis B: Investigating fingernails and hair

Here, Haruki Komatsu discusses how Paediatric Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is one of the main things which can lead to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.
genetics project, GlaxoSmithKline

UK launches £200 million genetics project

The UK government announced the launch of a huge genetics project, working with GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, to understand diseases like dementia and cancer.
systematic lupus, chronic autoimmune condition

MASTERPLANS to disentangle Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Professor Ian N Bruce MD FRCP, Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Manchester shares his expertise here on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), a chronic multisystem autoimmune condition.
maternal and foetal health, preeclampsia

Vitamin D and preeclampsia: Improving maternal and foetal health

Yuping Wang and David F. Lewis, from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport, share with us their fascinating research on vitamin D and preeclampsia research, including a promising option in this vein to improve maternal and foetal health.
chronic autoimmune uveitis, ophthalmology

Understanding chronic autoimmune uveitis through ophthalmology research

Andrew Taylor, Professor of Ophthalmology, highlights research to understand the molecules that mediate ocular immune privilege so they can be adapted for chronic autoimmune uveitis.
early childhood eating habits, teenage eating disorders

Early childhood eating habits connected to teenage eating disorders

UCL researchers identified that overeating, undereating and ‘fussiness’ in early childhood eating habits can be linked to anorexia and binge-eating in adolescence, and the risk is greater for girls.
biobanking initiatives, precision medicine

Precision medicine and biobanking initiatives in the Russian Federation

In this article, experts highlight developments in Russian precision medicine research and biobanking infrastructure, which boosts national biomedical research.
human gene research, gene editing

China: New regulations for human gene research

Here, Jaqueline Zhao and Tim Jackson discuss the new regulations coming into force for China in 2019, after the gene-editing scandal which created international headlines.

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