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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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Video: Transparent brains reveal their secrets

A team at Stanford University has made brains transparent, allowing entire networks of neurons to be highlighted and then viewed through a microscope
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Egg white may help lower blood pressure

Egg white may help lower blood pressure | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Eating egg whites could help to reduce blood pressure by as much as some common medications, according to researchers.
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Study: Australian carbon tax could mean 100 percent renewables by 2030

Study: Australian carbon tax could mean 100 percent renewables by 2030 | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Australian researchers claim to have demonstrated that a tax on carbon emissions could, if structured properly, result in an energy market made up entirely of renewable energy by 2030
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Rothamsted mention: Could wheat be made more like maize?

Rothamsted mention: Could wheat be made more like maize? | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Wheat yields could potentially double as scientists seek to make the crop's efficiency of photosynthesis similar to that of maize plants.
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Genetic mutations linked to childhood obesity

Genetic mutations linked to childhood obesity | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The rise in the number of overweight children in Britain may be as much to do with their genes as their diet and exercise levels, according to a study that has identified a handful of genetic mutations linked with childhood obesity.
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Call for DNA biologists to join fight against deadly new threats to wildlife

Call for DNA biologists to join fight against deadly new threats to wildlife | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Research into creation of a new generation of synthetic organisms could be the way to save some of the natural world's most endangered species, according to conservationists
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UK: wheat harvest is set to be a third lower than normal due to bad weather

UK: wheat harvest is set to be a third lower than normal due to bad weather | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

The UK wheat harvest is set to be a third lower than normal after a wet winter and freezing start to the year, putting further financial pressure on farmers and potentially driving up food prices.


Via International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center , Rob Dawson
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Arpita Bhattacharjya's curator insight, April 7, 2013 7:55 PM

Higher wheat prices coming?

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Guardian: "Bee-harming pesticides should be banned, MPs urge"

Guardian: "Bee-harming pesticides should be banned, MPs urge" | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Committee criticises environment department for relying on 'flawed' studies and failing to uphold precautionary principle
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Synthetic biology and conservation: together or opposites?

Synthetic biology and conservation: together or opposites? | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
In the past few years a relatively new field of science has surfaced into mainstream discussions, especially those concerning biodiversity and nature conse
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Exhaled breath is unique fingerprint

Exhaled breath is unique fingerprint | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists report that compounds present in breath are unique to individuals - a "breathprint" - and could be exploited in a range of medical applications.
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BBSRC mention: Common Fruit Fly Key To Discovering How Memories Are Written Into Brain Cells

Scientists have identified a key molecule responsible for triggering the chemical processes in our brain linked to our formation of memories. The findings, published in the journal Frontiers in
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Women love science – what a surprise!

Women love science – what a surprise! | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The shock, horror and plain sexist abuse that greeted the revelation that the talent and brains behind one of the world's most popular science websites were those of a woman prompted Elise Andrew to wonder whether she had suddenly travelled back to...
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Pesticide combination affects bees’ ability to learn

Pesticide combination affects bees’ ability to learn | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Two new studies have highlighted a negative impact on bees’ ability to learn following exposure to a combination of pesticides commonly used in agriculture
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IVF pioneer Robert Edwards dies aged 87

IVF pioneer Robert Edwards dies aged 87 | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Edwards co-developed technique that has helped bring more than 4 million children into the world
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BBSRC/IFR mentions: Poultry probiotic cuts its coat to beat bad bacteria

BBSRC/IFR mentions: Poultry probiotic cuts its coat to beat bad bacteria | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

A strain of probiotic bacteria that can fight harmful bacterial infections in poultry has the ability to change its coat, according to new findings from the Institute of Food Research.

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Tim Benton quote: Eco-change triggers rapid evolution

Tim Benton quote: Eco-change triggers rapid evolution | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Changes to their surroundings can trigger "rapid evolution" in species as they adopt traits to help them survive in the new conditions, a study shows.
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BBSRC mention: Breeding Better Chickens Website Launched

UK - A BBSRC-funded research group working to improve the health of the world's huge population of broiler chickens has created a new website to share their work.
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Air pollution 'affects coral growth'

Air pollution 'affects coral growth' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Researchers find evidence that aerosols from burning fossil fuels are affecting the growth of corals in the Caribbean.
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Trees at jubilee wood under threat

Trees at jubilee wood under threat | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
More than 20,000 ash trees may have to be destroyed at Northern Ireland's only Diamond Jubilee wood.
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Telegraph: "Ban pesticides to save bees, MPs urge"

Telegraph: "Ban pesticides to save bees, MPs urge" | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Pesticides linked to declines in bee numbers must be banned from use, according to a new report by MPs.
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BBC: "Ban pesticides to save bees, say MPs"

BBC: "Ban pesticides to save bees, say MPs" | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The government should introduce a moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides linked to the deaths of bees, a report by MPs says.
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New bird flu threat emerges in China

New bird flu threat emerges in China | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Poultry virus isn't a paltry matter as its transmission from birds to humans marks a potential new pandemic threat
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Tim Benton quote, GFS mention: Pacific island trials closed-loop aquaponics

Tim Benton quote, GFS mention: Pacific island trials closed-loop aquaponics | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
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According to Professor Tim Benton, UK Champion for Global Food Security, “Solutions such as this definitely have a future in resource-stretched situations.

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BBSRC/JIC mentions: How trees 35 and 18 could enable fight back against ash dieback

BBSRC/JIC mentions: How trees 35 and 18 could enable fight back against ash dieback | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A pair of trees with high levels of resistance to the deadly ash dieback disease have been discovered, raising hopes that they could hold the key to saving Britain’s woodland from the fungus.
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Professor Kjaer and Dr Edwards have now been given £1.5 million from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council to analyse the DNA of both these trees and develop new tests to identify other trees with similar resistance.
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Scientists create transistor-like biological device

Scientists create transistor-like biological device | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Stanford researchers demonstrate 'transcriptors' inside E coli bacteria, in advance in synthetic biology
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