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Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman today lit the touchpaper to a £26 million spending spree on globally influential new facilities at Norwich Research Park.
The Centrum building, Virtual Technology Centre and future molecular farming facility are part of a substantial £26m project funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
The Business Secretary reckons the Government isn't doing enough for innovaiton and says funding for the Technology Strategy Board must double to £1bn.
"The third project is the £11.5m new Centrum building in Norwich which is being opened by George Freeman MP on Wednesday. The building has been designed to enable business to interact with scientists and researchers in the areas of food, health and energy."
A world without antimicrobials would be a world without modern medicine, so why is there not more urgency in addressing the global rise of drug resistance? The New Statesman brought leading health experts together to discuss the problem.
Gentically modified plants which contain health boosting Omega-3 have been created by British scientists and will be harvested with weeks
Dr Paul Burrows, Executive Director, Corporate Policy and Strategy, said: “The BBSRC camelina project at Rothamsted Research is an example of plant technology being used to address a real world problem where there are currently no sustainable solutions.
“To get the project to this stage has required years of work in lab conditions but it is only when scientists can undertake studies in the field that we can see if the approach would work in real life farm applications.”
Senior scientists have called for a revamp of European legislation covering genetically modified crops in the light of radical advances in genome editing that has enabled crop researchers to make the smallest changes to a plant’s DNA with pinpoint accuracy.
All of the major scientific funding bodies in Britain are to collaborate on a joint research effort to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” that threaten to end the era of modern medicine, it was announced today.
Science minister Greg Clark has begun his role with a declaration of war against superbugs. Mr Clark said all seven UK research councils were joining forces to form a "war cabinet" to tackle antibiotic resistance.