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impact of wheat, plant pathology

Plant pathology: The global impact of wheat diseases

Dr Kim Hammond-Kosack at Rothamsted Research highlights an aspect of plant pathology that concerns the importance of finding new ways to disarm old enemies in wheat diseases.
whole genome sequencing, molecular biologist

Whole genome sequencing: It’s getting personal

Professors Darren K Griffin and Alan R Thornhill discuss their research on exploring a person’s genome sequencing.
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.
biomodifying technologies, gene therapy

The promises and challenges of biomodifying technologies for the UK

Michael Morrison, Senior Researcher in Social Science at the Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX), University of Oxford, sheds light on the promises as well as biomodifying technologies for the UK.
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.
New HIV research, HIV infection

New HIV research finds no link to contraceptive methods

New HIV research conducted in 4 African countries found no significant difference in the risk of HIV infection among women using one of three highly effective, reversible contraceptive methods.
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.
uveal tract, ophthalmology

Ophthalmology: A focus on uveitis – the inflammation of the uveal tract

Dr Gerry Morrow explains what you need to know about an aspect of ophthalmology called uveitis, defined as inflammation of the uveal tract, which comprises the iris, ciliary body and choroid.
antarctic ice shelf, solar heat in ocean

Solar heat is melting the world’s largest Antarctic ice shelf

An international team of researchers found that the largest Antarctic ice shelf is melting 10 times faster than the overall ice shelf average due to solar heating of the surrounding ocean surface.
urine test, smear test, cervical cancer

Urine test could replace smear test for cervical cancer

University of Manchester scientists latest research finds that urine testing may be as good as the smear test for preventing cervical cancer.
prevents obesity, type 2 diabetes

Scientists discover gene that prevents obesity

Around four million people in the UK carry genetic variants that protect them from obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge.
mining industry, mining paradigm

Resourcing modern industries by responsive mining solutions

Kate Moore, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter, discusses whether small mining operations can supply the raw materials for manufacturing of modern technologies.
wildlife migrations, east africa, threat to wildlife

Wildlife migrations are collapsing in East Africa

In Kenya, wildlife numbers declined by 68% in the 40-year period from 1977 to 2016 both outside and inside protected areas, writes Dr. Joseph Ogutu, Senior Statistician at the University of Hohenheim.
peru fossil discovery, whales walked on land

Peru fossil discovery shows that whales walked on land

42.6 million years ago, whales walked on land and swam in the sea: Scientists unearthed an unusual fossil of the amphibious whale along the Coast of Peru.
access to medical cannabis, medical drug

We need to talk about access to medical cannabis

Ramya Sriram, manager at Kolabtree, explains why many patients in the UK still cannot access medical cannabis and how scientific communication and further research can lead to change.
autism in China, Chinese-UK research

Chinese-UK research reveals autism in China similar to the West

The first large-scale study of autism in China has revealed that around one in a hundred people in China has an autism spectrum condition – the same figure as found in the West.
respiratory disease

Research reveals sugar could cure respiratory diseases

The restriction or inhalation of common sugar could one day treat a range of respiratory diseases, according to new research led by University of Manchester biologists.
medicinal chemistry and chemical biology, University of Strathclyde

Double vision in research? Medicinal chemistry and chemical biology

Professor Colin Sucking discusses the work undertaken at the University of Strathclyde that explores the combination of medicinal chemistry and chemical biology.
stop child obesity, type 1 diabetes

Checks from early age crucial to stop child obesity

University of Oxford and Manchester researchers found that children monitored regularly for height and weight from an early age will be less likely to experience child obesity.
qingjiang fossils, cambrian explosion, china fossils

Qingjiang fossils reveal 50 creatures unknown to scientists

Scientists discovered mysterious, soft remains dating back 541 million years ago in the Qingjiang fossil site at China’s Hubei province.

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