For organisms to grow and develop, they must produce tissues with distinct functions, each one made up of similar cells.
Through an experimental-modelling cycle, researchers have unravelled how stem cells in the Arabidopsis root regulate asymmetric cell divisions that give rise to two new cell identities at the correct position.
BBSRC is holding a series of “roadshow” meetings in various cities during October and November to review progress in delivering BBSRC's current Strategic Plan and consider opportunities for the future.
Consumption of fish oil combined with weight training could help turn back the clock for ageing human muscle, according to a study presented on Wednesday at the British Science Festival.
A £330,000 expansion of the study, funded by Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council with 30 male and 30 female participants, will investigate the benefits of the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil on muscles, with the aim of developing treatments for ageing muscle.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation is providing $1 million of funding to the Institute of Food Research and the University of East Anglia to study the protective effects of broccoli consumption against prostate cancer.
The decision to focus the Paralympic ceremony on Britain's tradition of science and innovation has been enthusiastically welcomed by the science community. Professor Douglas Kell, BBSRC Chief Executive, provides his view.
Scientists to hunt for lifesaving information buried in cradle-to-grave data collected by GPs and hospitals.
Alf Game, the acting science director at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), said the system has uses far beyond medical research. "It is not just about medicine. Anonymised data sets of basic health and medical information about the population will be absolutely invaluable in increasing our understanding of successful ageing," he said. "This kind of data would provide the whole picture, about absence of disease as well as the presence of it."
Billions of insects immigrate annually to, or within, the temperate zone, providing major ecosystem services as well as, in some cases, causing serious crop damage and spreading diseases of humans and their livestock.
Most babies born in developed countries share a common painful experience — a heel prick that is done soon after birth. Blood from this is deposited onto a slip of paper, called a Guthrie card, which doctors use to screen for devastating and sometimes fatal diseases.
A study published today in Genome Research suggests that these cards, which are sometimes stored for decades, could provide an early snapshot of how conditions in the womb affected an individual’s epigenome, the chemical changes that influence gene expression and are likely to have a role in heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other diseases.