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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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Pioneering stem cell trial approved

Pioneering stem cell trial approved | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The first trial of stem cells produced from a patient's own body has been approved by the Japanese government.
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Major GM food company Monsanto 'pulls out of Europe' - Telegraph

Major GM food company Monsanto 'pulls out of Europe' - Telegraph | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Monsanto, one of the world's biggest and best known genetically modified crops companies, is effectively pulling out of Europe, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
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Research on animals in UK rises by 8% to exceed 4m procedures

Research on animals in UK rises by 8% to exceed 4m procedures | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
RSPCA among animal welfare groups condemning boost as Home Office data reveal tally, including 22% rise in primate use
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Science Weekly podcast: the synthetic biology revolution

Science Weekly podcast: the synthetic biology revolution | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Imperial College London hosts a meeting of scientists working at the cutting edge of bio-engineering and synthetic biology
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Discussion at 5m00s of the BBSRC, EPSRC and TSB-funded IKC at Imperial.

 

Discussion from 12m30s on the BBSRC-funded synthetic yeast, Sc2.0 project. 

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Artificial blood vessels grown from stem cells

Artificial blood vessels grown from stem cells | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Artificial blood vessels which can survive in the body for up to nine months have been created from stem cells by scientists.
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World's first test tube burger is ready to eat

World's first test tube burger is ready to eat | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The world's first test tube burger will be cooked and eaten at a live demonstration of "cultured beef" technology in London next month.
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BBSRC/Rothamsted mention: Red OSR reduces pollen beetle infestation

RED oilseed rape suffers reduced pollen beetle attack compared with conventional yellow petalled rape, a study has shown.
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BBC: "Synthetic biology: A new battleground?"

BBC: "Synthetic biology: A new battleground?" | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Will the emerging science of designing and engineering of new forms of life get the same hostile reception as genetically modified food and crops?
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BBC discuss synthetic Biology. Also mentions BBSRC funded synthetic yeast project

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BBSRC/Roslin mention: Research grant supports salmonella food study

BBSRC/Roslin mention: Research grant supports salmonella food study | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Zoetis and The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, today announced a collaboration for research of Salmonella in cattle.
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Exclusive: Mice with human chromosomes - the genetic breakthrough that could revolutionise medicine

Exclusive: Mice with human chromosomes - the genetic breakthrough that could revolutionise medicine | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists have created genetically-engineered mice with artificial human chromosomes in every cell of their bodies, as part of a series of studies showing that it may be possible to treat genetic diseases with a radically new form of gene therapy.
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Mentions UK contribution to synthetic yeast project - funded by BBSRC
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BBSRC funded: UK joins project to create synthetic organism from scratch

BBSRC funded: UK joins project to create synthetic organism from scratch | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
International team will synthesise genome of brewer's yeast with a view to creating strains that make biofuel, vaccines and drugs
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Droughts could hit food production in England in 2020s, report warns

Droughts could hit food production in England in 2020s, report warns | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Without action, farmers will face shortfalls of 50% of the water they currently use to grow crops, threatening most fertile areas
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BBSRC funded: Disease resistance in strawberry BBC Radio 4 - Farming Today

BBSRC funded: Disease resistance in strawberry BBC Radio 4 - Farming Today | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Farmers call for fly-grazing to be made a criminal offence. Presented by Charlotte Smith.
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Interview with Dr Richard Harrison of East Malling Research about £2M BBSRC-funded research programme (30s to 3m04s)

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'Parasite threat' from imported bees

'Parasite threat' from imported bees | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Nearly 80% of bumblebees imported from Europe carry pathogens that pose a threat to UK native honeybees and bumblebees, say scientists.
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Times Opinion(£) 'Don’t let the forces of unreason stop research'

Scientists should be braver in defending animal experiments and open up their labs
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Opinion piece from The Times' science editor Hannah Devlin 

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Pirbright mention: Rinderpest research restarts

Pirbright mention: Rinderpest research restarts | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
As moratorium lifts, oversight is put in place to assess studies on eradicated cattle virus.
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Scientific breakthrough unlocks secrets of microbes

Scientists in the US have made a breakthrough in microbiology that represents a major step “towards a better understanding of biological evolution on our planet”.
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Deadly oak disease 'spreading' in UK

The government is stepping up monitoring for a disease thought to pose a serious threat to native oak trees.
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BBSRC/Roslin mention: Zoetis and The Roslin Institute collaborate to control Salmonella

BBSRC/Roslin mention: Zoetis and The Roslin Institute collaborate to control Salmonella | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Zoetis Inc., formerly the animal health business unit of Pfizer Inc., and The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, today announced a collaboration for research of Salmonella in cattle.

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Telegraph: "A lesson in ethics from the citizen scientists"

Telegraph: "A lesson in ethics from the citizen scientists" | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Synthetic biology, or synbio, is almost like cooking, using different flavours of DNA as the ingredients
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Telegraph discuss synthetic biology. Mentions BBSRC-funded synthetic yeast project

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BBSRC mention: UK government establishing £10M center for synthetic biology with focus on industrialization

SynbiCITE is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research (BBSRC) and Technology Strategy Board.

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BBSRC mention: Calculator Counts Cost of Pig Disease

UK - Farmers in the UK can calculate how much an endemic disease in pigs has cost them thanks to the work of BBSRC-funded researchers.
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BBSRC funded: Synthetic yeast could make beer cheaper and stronger

BBSRC funded: Synthetic yeast could make beer cheaper and stronger | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Drinkers could soon enjoy cheaper beer thanks to a project in which scientists aim to make synthetic yeast for the first time.
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BBSRC funded: Scientists building synthetic yeast

BBSRC funded: Scientists building synthetic yeast | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A UK team is building a synthetic chromosome to be inserted into the world's first synthetic yeast which could help make products such as vaccines and biofuels.
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Scientists believe new blood test will be able to predict ageing - Telegraph

Scientists believe new blood test will be able to predict ageing  - Telegraph | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A new blood test could predict how fast people will age, and pave the way for treatments to be developed to tackle conditions associated with getting older, new research has found.
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