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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: Clearing the BAR to oral vaccines

BBSRC mention: Clearing the BAR to oral vaccines | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A new technology under development by an academic–industry partnership protects oral vaccines from destruction by the digestive system.
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Video: BBSRC mention: What gribbles could do for us

Video: BBSRC mention: What gribbles could do for us | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
They are best known for their destructive properties, but a tiny marine worm's eating habits could help fuel the cars of the future.
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Europe must back GM or just be an old-tech museum, Willetts warns (£)

David Willetts says EU rules are holding back ground-breaking work in fields as diverse as medicine, agriculture and space exploration
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Cod stocks recover after years of overfishing

Cod stocks recover after years of overfishing | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Survey suggests effective management means levels are increasing – but stocks won't be sustainable for at least a year
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Trust in science would be improved by study pre-registration

Trust in science would be improved by study pre-registration | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Open letter: "We must encourage scientific journals to accept studies before the results are in."

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Bringing UK experience to animal disease outbreak management

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Enhancing New Zealand’s ability to manage outbreaks of significant animal disease, in particular foot and mouth disease (FMD), is a priority for the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

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BBC Radio 4 - Material World, Bees and pesticides; Heart gene therapy; Petal shapes

BBC Radio 4 - Material World, Bees and pesticides; Heart gene therapy; Petal shapes | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

JIC scientist Susana Sauret-Gueto's interview covering the hidden map in growing buds shown to control leaf and petal shape.


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Science spend 'vital for economy'

Science spend 'vital for economy' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The UK scientific community issues a broadside to the government, warning it not to cut the science budget when the spending review is announced later this month
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Europe's GM stance denies Africa the right to feed itself, warns leading academic

Europe's GM stance denies Africa the right to feed itself, warns leading academic | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A leading African academic has issued a withering attack on the “petty political mischief” of the anti-GM lobby in Europe which has caused Africa to fall behind in the global race to grow genetically modified crops...
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BBSRC mention: New research aims to sort wheat from the chaff

SCIENTISTS from Lancaster University have been awarded a $1 million (£650,000) grant to research how wheat crops could be ‘toughened up’.
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Independent: "If GM crops are bad, show us the evidence"

Independent: "If GM crops are bad, show us the evidence" | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
It is nearly 20 years since the first GM crops were grown.
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Following GM Freeze’s press release today http://www.gmfreeze.org/news-releases/222/

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BBSRC mention: Researchers discover new weapon in fight against cervical cancer

BBSRC mention: Researchers discover new weapon in fight against cervical cancer | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Leeds have found a way to target and destroy a key protein associated with the development of cervical and other cancers.
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GFS mention: Why worrying about food miles is missing the point

GFS mention: Why worrying about food miles is missing the point | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
I emailed Tim Benton, professor of population ecology at Leeds University who is also the "UK Champion for Global Food Security", charged with co-ordinating work on the subject between research councils and government departments. He truly understands both the global food challenges that we face and what sustainable intensification means. He had been an invaluable source of academic papers and scholarly advice for my investigation into the challenges of food security from the very start.

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BBSRC mention, Doug Kell quote: York Researchers Turning Waste Into Biofuel

BBSRC mention, Doug Kell quote: York Researchers Turning Waste Into Biofuel | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Research at the University of York has discovered a new enzyme that could prove an important step in the quest to turn waste, such as paper, scrap wood and straw, into liquid fuel.
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Rothamsted mention: Second wave of GM offers consumers a benefit boost

Rothamsted mention: Second wave of GM offers consumers a benefit boost | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The world faces an extra two billion mouths to feed by 2050 while farmers are faced by tighter rules on pesticide use, so could GM be the answer.
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Science and Nature | Leading article- The Times (£)

It is both illogical and immoral to oppose genetically modified foods. David Willetts is right to speak out against the European Union’s ban
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Guardian: Decoding 'orphan crop' genomes could save millions of lives

Guardian: Decoding 'orphan crop' genomes could save millions of lives | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Howard-Yana Shapiro, a scientist with the Mars confectionery company, will make the information free to boost harvests
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Tiny, insect-eating animal becomes earliest known primate

Tiny, insect-eating animal becomes earliest known primate | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Archicebus achilles lived 55m years ago in what is now China and is the ancestor of all monkeys, apes and humans
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Plant intelligence for better swarm robots

Plant intelligence for better swarm robots | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

John Innes Centre scientists will participate in new €2 million EU-funded research to programme more "intelligent" and adaptable robot swarms.The collaborative research will also be useful for improving other complex systems that can be challenged by their environment, such as smart phone networks.

 

"Plants achieve exquisite organisation and spatially-controlled division of labour," said Dr Veronica Grieneisen from the John Innes Centre."They form complex patterns and deal with conflict or damage by acting locally but for the benefit of the whole."


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Rothamstead mention: Red rape petals curb oilseed pests

Rothamstead mention: Red rape petals curb oilseed pests | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Researchers say that changing the colour of oilseed rape petals could contain a deadly beetle
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Researchers at Rothamsted found that changing the colour of the crop's petals from yellow to red can be an environmentally friendly method of controlling pollen beetles.

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Jackie Hunter to be next BBSRC chief

Jackie Hunter to be next BBSRC chief | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Jackie Hunter has been appointed as chief executive and deputy chair of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.
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BBSRC mention: Study explains cognitive ability differences among the elderly

BBSRC mention: Study explains cognitive ability differences among the elderly | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A new study shows compelling evidence that associations between cognitive ability and cortical grey matter in old age can largely be accounted for by cognitive ability in childhood. The joint study...
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Enzyme from wood-eating gribble could help turn waste into biofuel

Enzyme from wood-eating gribble could help turn waste into biofuel | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered a new enzyme that could prove an important step in the quest to turn waste (such as paper, scrap wood and straw) into liquid fuel.
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Douglas Kell, BBSRC's Chief Executive, said: "This is an exciting step in realising the potential of these important enzymes. If we can harness them effectively, waste materials could be used to make sustainable fuels. It's a double bonus; avoiding competition with land for food production as well as utilising unused materials from timber and agricultural industries."

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Tim Benton/GFS mention: The Big Interview: Jay Raynor

Tim Benton/GFS mention: The Big Interview: Jay Raynor | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Jay Rayner is a committed carnivore, so why is he calling for such a radical change to the food industry? Catherine Scott finds out.
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The Pirbright Institute mention: 'African Horse Sickness: mapping how a deadly disease might spread in the UK'

The Pirbright Institute mention: 'African Horse Sickness: mapping how a deadly disease might spread in the UK' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A disease lethal to horses, until now confined to hot countries, could arrive in the UK. New research creates a picture of its possible spread and pinpoints the area that would be worse hit.
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