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BBSRC mention: Potato industries benefit from HAPI funding

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) Potato and Horticulture sectors welcome the news that the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Scottish Government, have awarded more £3M in research funding...
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BBSRC mention: Chemists crack ‘the Mount Everest of biosynthesis'

BBSRC mention: Chemists crack ‘the Mount Everest of biosynthesis' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A scientific breakthrough by researchers at the University of Kent has revealed how vitamin B12/antipernicious anaemia factor is made – a challenge often referred to as ‘the Mount Everest of biosyn...
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Plans to make H7N9 bird flu virus more virulent in high-security tests

Plans to make H7N9 bird flu virus more virulent in high-security tests | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists say genetically modifying the H7N9 virus in the lab will help drive efforts to develop pandemic drugs and vaccines
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BBSRC/Rothamsted mention: Funding for Harpenden’s Rothamsted Research expansion plan

BBSRC/Rothamsted mention: Funding for Harpenden’s Rothamsted Research expansion plan | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A MAJOR cash injection has been secured from the government to help provide financial backing for Rothamsted Research’s proposed multi-million-pound expansion in Harpenden.
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'Critical phase' for fusion dream

The world's largest bid to harness the power of fusion has entered a "critical" phase in the south of France.
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Gene that doubles the risk of schizophrenia identified

A gene thought to be involved in nerve development can double the risk of schizophrenia when it is damaged, according to a pioneering study into one of most costly mental illnesses.
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Synthetic meat: how the world's costliest burger made it on to the plate

Synthetic meat: how the world's costliest burger made it on to the plate | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Created in a laboratory, paid for by Google's co-founder – is this the future for the planet's growing population?
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IFR mention: Broccoli's a wonder veg... and now we know why: Chemical only found in the food helps maintain 'batteries' that power body's cells

IFR mention: Broccoli's a wonder veg... and now we know why: Chemical only found in the food helps maintain 'batteries' that power body's cells | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists from the Institute of Food Research in Norwich ran detailed blood tests on men and women before and after they ate the vegetable.
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How to grow a burger in the lab

How to grow a burger in the lab | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University explains how he and his colleagues made the world's first lab-grown burger.
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Primary pupils win great bug hunt and BBSRC award best bug photography - The Association for Science Education

Primary pupils win great bug hunt and BBSRC award best bug photography - The Association for Science Education | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

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BBSRC mention: 'Produce mammoth stem cells', says creator of Dolly the sheep - The Conversation

BBSRC mention: 'Produce mammoth stem cells', says creator of Dolly the sheep - The Conversation | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Produce mammoth stem cells, says creator of Dolly the sheep The Conversation The research to develop the method of cloning was supported by the following public agencies Roslin Institute, Biotechnology Biological sciences Research Council, European...

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Ocean mud yields novel antibiotic

A completely new and unusual antibiotic compound has been extracted from a marine microbe found in sediments off the coast of California.
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UK calls for 'good' biofuel plants

UK calls for 'good' biofuel plants | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Government to offer £25m prize for most viable demonstration of making liquid fuel from non-food plants
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BBSRC/Rothamsted mentions/Doug Kell Quote: Maurice Moloney to step down as Rothamsted boss - 08/08/2013 - Farmers Weekly

BBSRC/Rothamsted mentions/Doug Kell Quote: Maurice Moloney to step down as Rothamsted boss - 08/08/2013 - Farmers Weekly | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Maurice Moloney is to step down as head of Rothamsted Research after four years in charge at the world's oldest agricultural research centre.
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BBSRC/Rothamsted mention: Cash boost for Rothamsted Research Centre development

Rothamsted Research Centre is set to benefit from a major £25 million cash boost, with hopes to create more jobs and develop companies in the area.
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BBSRC/IFR: Is sous vide cooking safe?

BBSRC/IFR: Is sous vide cooking safe? | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The Institute of Food Research (IFR) has been undertaking research for the Food Standards Agency to establish if the cooking technique sous vide is safe.
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Christmas lectures will address ethical challenges posed by genetics

Christmas lectures will address ethical challenges posed by genetics | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Biologist Alison Woollard will tackle issues such as genetic modification of humans in Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
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Dr Woollard, a BBSRC-funded researcher, will deliver the famous Royal Institution Christmas Lectures this year. 

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Can synthetic beef satisfy the world's growing hunger for meat? – video

Can synthetic beef satisfy the world's growing hunger for meat? – video | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Dr Mark Post plans to eat a hamburger made entirely from meat grown in his lab. Alok Jha investigates how synthetic meat is made and whether people would be prepared to eat it
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Rothamsted mention: A lethal killer is on the loose in our woods

Rothamsted mention: A lethal killer is on the loose in our woods | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Sudden oak death is threatening 150 species of Britain’s shrubs and trees, and the key to stopping the devastation lies with the rhododendron, says Sue Nelson
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Horizon: 2012-2013: What's Killing Our Bees? A Horizon Special

Horizon: 2012-2013: What's Killing Our Bees? A Horizon Special | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Bill Turnbull meets the scientists trying to solve the mystery of what is killing bees.
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Features: BBSRC funded science, Rothamsted Research and an event organised by BBSRC-funded PhD Student

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How do you track a honey bee?

How do you track a honey bee? | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The latest research investigating why honey bees are dying involves tracking the small insects, but how do you track a bee?
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The system was developed by scientists at the Natural Resources Institute and is operated by scientists at Rothamsted Research, a BBSRC-funded agricultural research centre in Hertfordshire. It's currently being used in several major research projects.

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Plants can talk, say scientists

The research could help to work out which pieces of fruit and vegetables are likely to stay fresh longer, as a cucumber which is starting to go off produces a squealing sound. It could then be separated from the fresher ones."

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Plymouth University bug expert Pete Smithers on getting a taste for insects

Plymouth University bug expert Pete Smithers on getting a taste for insects | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
BRACE yourself for a few of Pete Smithers' favourite things.He loves crickets, locusts, meal worms, wax moth larvae, leaf-cutter ants and ant pupae – as food.Pete, one of Britain's leading...

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Rob Dawson's curator insight, August 2, 2013 6:37 AM

Composers, film makers and designers and puppeteers became involved and Syncapoda won a £5,000 grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and £4,850 from the Awards for All Lottery Fund. The BBSRC was impressed by the potential to spread knowledge about the world of insects.

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BBSRC mention: Funding for animal testing alternatives unveiled

BBSRC mention: Funding for animal testing alternatives unveiled | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Research into replacing and reducing animal use in scientific experiments is to benefit from £4.8 million in public investment in 2013-14

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Scientific research should get more public funding - Telegraph

State funding helped get Google’s search algorithm, antibody cancer therapies, and DNA sequencing technologies off the ground.
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