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Highlights bioscience news stories from national and specialist media. Articles are featured to illustrate a range of coverage and to highlight news stories of strategic importance to BBSRC. Stories that mention BBSRC and the strategically funded institutes and stories that have been generated by BBSRC are also included.
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BBSRC mention: Unscrambling the genetics of the chicken's 'blue' egg

In a four-year research project just published in the journal,PLOS ONE, the team from the School of Biology, has identified the genetic mutation which first produced the blue egg in native South American chicken

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JIC mention, quote: Weeds get unintended 'fitness' boost from genetic modification

JIC mention, quote: Weeds get unintended 'fitness' boost from genetic modification | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Genetically modified (GM) crops could give harmful weeds a significant growth boost if their modifications are transferred into the wild
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'Killer bees' could solve population crisis - Telegraph

'Killer bees' could solve population crisis - Telegraph | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Honey bees are being cross bred with their more aggressive African cousins to produce a hybrid which is hardier and more resistant to parasites.
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BBSRC/JIC mentions: Farming feature: Could East Anglia lead way in ‘agri-tech’ farm technology revolution?

BBSRC/JIC mentions: Farming feature: Could East Anglia lead way in ‘agri-tech’ farm technology revolution? | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
When the Government announced its new agri-tech strategy in July, you could almost hear East Anglia’s ripening fields of wheat and barley stand to attention.
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Climate change affecting apples' taste - Telegraph

Climate change affecting apples' taste - Telegraph | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Climate change may be affecting the taste and texture of apples by altering temperatures and rainfall levels, according to a new study.
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How CERN's Grid may place the power of the world's computers in your hands

How CERN's Grid may place the power of the world's computers in your hands | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The combined power of the world’s computers could soon be placed in the palm of your hand thanks to technology that is partly being developed at the home of the Large Hadron Collider.
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BBSRC mention: A type of MRSA found in humans originated in cattle at least 40 years ago, new research has found.

A type of MRSA found in humans originated in cattle at least 40 years ago, new research has found.
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Scientists accidentally make ‘impossible material’ Upsalite - the world’s most efficient water absorber

Scientists accidentally make ‘impossible material’ Upsalite - the world’s most efficient water absorber | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
It is so difficult to make that the researchers who first discovered it called it the “impossible material”.
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GFS/Tim Benton mention: Grub's up as fruit and veg push food inflation higher

GFS/Tim Benton mention: Grub's up as fruit and veg push food inflation higher | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Food prices are rising by more than double the rate of pay with the cost of fruit up by 10 per cent in the past year.
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BBSRC funded, JIC mention: Audio - Ash dieback game to fight disease. BBC Radio 4 - Today

BBSRC funded, JIC mention: Audio - Ash dieback game to fight disease. BBC Radio 4 - Today | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Morning news and current affairs. Includes Sports Desk; Weather; Thought for the Day.
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From 1hr23m02secs to 1hr28m02secs hear John Innes Centre scientists discuss the BBSRC-funded Facebook game 'Fraxinus' which will help the fight against the deadly disease. 

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BBSRC funded/JIC mention: Computer game to fight ash dieback

The public are being asked to help in the fight against ash dieback by playing a computer game that analyses genetic data on the disease.
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BBSRC-funded science: Dara O Briain's Science Club

BBSRC-funded science: Dara O Briain's Science Club | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Dr Helen Czerski goes to Brazil and discovers an ingenious innovation - in an attempt to eradicate a killer disease, mosquitoes have been modified to self-destruct.

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Segment from 42m13s to 49m22s explores the work of BBSRC-funded scientists to combat dengue fever using genetically-modified mosquitoes. 

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BBSRC/Rothamsted mentions: Rothamsted GM wheat trials boss to step down

THE man behind Rothamsted Research’s high profile GM wheat trials Maurice Moloney is to step down from his role to join the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia.
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BBSRC mention/Celia Caulcott quote: BBSRC and The Scottish Government announce £3M to fund research into some of the world’s most important crops

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, in conjunction with the Scottish Government, has awarded £3M in research...

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Scientists find link between copper in diet and Alzheimer’s

Scientists find link between copper in diet and Alzheimer’s | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Copper could be a major environmental culprit in the progression of Alzheimer’s, research suggests.
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Nanotech roundup: a cheap oil guzzler, vitamin lasers, and quantum algae

Nanotech roundup: a cheap oil guzzler, vitamin lasers, and quantum algae | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Liesbeth Venema: A biocompatible laser and a material that can absorb 100 times its own weight in oil feature in this month's roundup
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New ‘ambient backscatter’ technology draws power from the air

New ‘ambient backscatter’ technology draws power from the air | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Engineers from the University of Washington have created a new system of wireless communication devices that interact with one another without batteries or wired power.
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Carnivore 'teddy bear' emerges from the mists of Ecuador

Carnivore 'teddy bear' emerges from the mists of Ecuador | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Olinguito is first new carnivore identified in western hemisphere for 35 years, bringing 100 years of mistaken identity to an end
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Genetic map of cancer reveals trails of mutation that lead to disease

Map shows how 20 patterns of mutation drive 30 cancer types, pointing the way to prevention and treatment strategies
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Video: JIC mention: Some of Britain's largest spiders found in Norwich

Video: JIC mention: Some of Britain's largest spiders found in Norwich | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Read the latest Anglia stories, Some of Britain's largest spiders found in Norwich on ITV News, videos, stories and all the latest Anglia news
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British-produced food would run out today, farmers warn

British-produced food would run out today, farmers warn | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Food supplies for the year would run out today if Britain had to rely on domestic goods alone due to a sharp fall in production in the past two decades, farmers have warned.
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Biohacking goes industrial: six examples of future biotech products

Biohacking goes industrial: six examples of future biotech products | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Raymond McCauley, bioinformatics expert at Singularity University in California, gives Wired six examples of future biotech products
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Team of scientists create cloned glow-in-the-dark rabbits

Team of scientists create cloned glow-in-the-dark rabbits | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists have cloned a colony of rabbits that glow bright green in the dark, in an attempt to advance research into treatments for life-threatening illnesses.
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BBC One - Countryfile: GM Animals

BBC One - Countryfile: GM Animals | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Tom Heap investigates GM animals

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Will broadcast this Sunday with footage from The Roslin Institue (BBSRC-funded)

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BBSRC mention: The Global Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Market is Poised to Reach $2.7 Billion by 2017

By supporting genomics research, various government bodies like NHGRI (National Human Genome Research Institute, U.S.) and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, U.K.) are increasing the adoption of high-throughput sequencing platforms

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