Neanderthal man did not, after all, leave his genes behind when he became extinct 40,000 years ago, according to a study that discredits the idea of the Neanderthals interbreeding with the ancestors of modern humans.
The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) has awarded 21 new grants totalling £5.1 million, in what the Centre says is the largest-ever single allocation of funding in the UK for 3Rs research.
BBSRC-funded scientists have unpicked why temperature has such a powerful affect on how plants flower. In research published in the journal Nature, scientists from the John Innes Centre on the Norwich Research Park have identified the switch that accelerates flowering time in response to temperature.
Researchers at the Institute for Animal Health in Pirbright, Surrey, have been awarded £680,000 to sequence and study the DNA of a biting midge that is responsible for spreading diseases, including African Horse Sickness (AHS).
Scientists hope this grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council will lead to new ways to control and prevent AHS.
A significant breakthrough in the development of miscanthus as an energy crop has been achieved by researchers at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences and USA-based, Ceres.
Scientists are pleading with protestors not to destroy an experiment on genetically modified crops, which they say could reduce the amount of chemicals used in farming and help protect the environment.
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