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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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BTEC girls 'beat boys' in sciences

Girls who take certain skills-based science and technology qualifications outperform boys, suggest figures from an awarding body.
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Sars-like illness kills man in London

Sars-like illness kills man in London | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Qatari man who was transferred to UK by air ambulance last September had Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus
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Marriage between first cousins doubles risk of birth defects, say researchers

Marriage between first cousins doubles risk of birth defects, say researchers | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Study of 13,500 babies born in Bradford concludes cultural practice in Pakistani community outweighs effects of deprivation
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Resistant E. coli studies launched

Resistant E. coli studies launched | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A UK-wide investigation into the spread of antibiotic-resistant E. coli has been launched by Public Health England.
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£50bn question: do we want faster trains or limitless clean energy?

£50bn question: do we want faster trains or limitless clean energy? | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Andrew Steele: For the same money, you can either shave 35 minutes off the journey between London and Birmingham, or develop fusion power
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BBSRC mention: The Global Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) Market is Poised to Reach $2.7 Billion by 2017 Says Latest Report

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Next Generation Sequencing Market - Global Forecas
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Bugs to be Earth's 'last survivors'

The last creatures to survive on Earth will be tiny organisms living deep underground, according to scientists.
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Rothamsted mention: Pest control sprays have come a long way regarding safety

Then there is the work being undertaken by Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire to develop genetically modified (GM), aphid-resistant wheat.

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Sparks fly over Royal Society gender study

Sparks fly over Royal Society gender study | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
MPs have launched a formal parliamentary inquiry into whether British science is institutionally sexist.
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BBSRC mention: University Of East Anglia Scientists Make Major Advances Important For Cancer Research

Scientists at the University of East Anglia have made a major advancement in understanding tissue development that has important implications for cancer.Findings published today in the j
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Britain becomes first country in world to approve IVF using genes of three parents

Britain becomes first country in world to approve IVF using genes of three parents | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Britain is set to become the first country in the world to allow a controversial IVF technique that produces embryos with DNA from three people in an attempt to rid some affected families of serious genetic disorders.
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Cold spring 'blasted' winged insects

Bees, moths and butterflies are suffering in the UK this year following the late, cold spring, a National Trust report reveals.
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Rothamsted mention: Chief Scientist to present crop genetics report to EU

A report calling on the European Union (EU) to lead the world in using science to improve agricultural productivity and enhance the environment is to be launched in Brussels, tomorrow.
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Honey bees' electric charge makes them easy prey for spiders

Honey bees' electric charge makes them easy prey for spiders | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Pity the honey bees – as if they did not have enough to contend with, it seems that even the act of flying makes them easier prey for spiders.
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Scientists 'print' 3D bionic ear - Telegraph

Scientists 'print' 3D bionic ear - Telegraph | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
With a 3-D printer, a petri dish and some cells from a cow, US researchers are growing synthetic ears that can receive - and transmit - sound.
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Low levels of toxic proteins linked to brain diseases, study suggests

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Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's could be better understood thanks to insight into proteins linked to such conditions, a study suggests.

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Children born after certain infertility treatments at higher risk of autism

Children born after certain infertility treatments at higher risk of autism | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Children born after certain infertility treatments are at higher risk of autism, and all IVF treatments carry a slightly heightened risk of low intelligence later in life than natural births, a major study has shown.
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Rothamsted mention: The public don't want to be involved in science policy

Rothamsted mention: The public don't want to be involved in science policy | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
We need to value the importance of a fundamental understanding of science in policy. And the public agree
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Comment in a blog post at The Guardian by Hannah Baker

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BBSRC funded: Low levels of toxic proteins linked to brain diseases, study suggests

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's could be better understood thanks to insight into proteins linked to such conditions, a study suggests.
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How algorithms rule the world

How algorithms rule the world | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The NSA revelations highlight the role sophisticated algorithms play in sifting through masses of data. But more surprising is their widespread use in our everyday lives. So should we be more wary of their power?
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BBSRC funded: Scientists Discover How Marine Mammals Hold Their Breath for Long Periods

BBSRC funded: Scientists Discover How Marine Mammals Hold Their Breath for Long Periods | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Special properties of an oxygen-binding protein in the muscles of marine mammals, such as seals, whales and dolphins, are the reason these animals can hold their breath underwater for long periods of time, according to a new study.
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Seaweed biofuels: a green alternative that might just save the planet

Seaweed biofuels: a green alternative that might just save the planet | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Producing biofuels in the sea removes at a stroke many of the serious problems with conventional biofuels
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BBSRC mention, Doug Kell quote: Think Uncertainty Is A Bad Thing? It's Actually A Mark Of Sound Science

Scientists and research institutes are challenging the idea that uncertainty in research is a reason for people to worry about the reliability of findings.Researchers in climate sc
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JIC mention: Advance in battle against wheat pest

Scientists in the US, China and Australia have engineered wheat varieties that are resistant to stem rust, a fungal disease that has devastated wheat crops in Africa, Yemen and Iran.
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Rothamsted mention: Growers needed for Rothamsted take-all trial

Growers have the chance to work closely with experts from Rothamsted Research on how variety choice affects the disease take-all.
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