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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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Cell scientists aim to rebuild hearts with reprogrammed tissue

Cell scientists aim to rebuild hearts with reprogrammed tissue | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Researchers in Oxford and California experiment with medical technology that could make transplants unnecessary
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Are birds hijacking quantum physics?

Are birds hijacking quantum physics? | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The idea that quantum physics plays a role in biology is as controversial as it is surprising - but now a whole field studying it seems to be coming of age.
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Stem cell 'first aid' for rat stroke

Stem cell 'first aid' for rat stroke | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Stem cells given in the vital period immediately after a stroke may aid recovery, suggest researchers.
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The tiniest particles that may be a threat as bad as asbestos

The tiniest particles that may be a threat as bad as asbestos | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Europe is failing to control a burgeoning industry in microscopic materials, prompting claims that it has failed to heed the lessons from millions of asbestos deaths, according to a hard-hitting new report.
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Biotech: Engineering the world

Biotech: Engineering the world | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Biotechnology is the use of living organisms to produce useful products - here we take a look at some of its applications.
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BBSRC FUNDED: Sugar-rich willow biofuels boost

BBSRC FUNDED: Sugar-rich willow biofuels boost | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Researchers identify willow trees that can yield five times more sugar than ordinary varieties, "drastically reducing" the environmental impact of biofuels.
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IBERS/ROTHAMSTED MENTIONS: 'Eight great technologies' for investment revealed

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Computer files stored accurately on DNA in new breakthrough

Computer files stored accurately on DNA in new breakthrough | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists have recorded data including Shakespearean sonnets and an MP3 file on strands of DNA, in a breakthrough which could see millions of records stored on a handful of molecules rather than computer drives.
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Bird flu researchers get green light to continue work on engineered virus

Bird flu researchers get green light to continue work on engineered virus | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A voluntary moratorium on research involving lab-created versions of the H5N1 bird flu virus has been lifted
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BBSRC/JIC MENTION: Work set to start on £11.5m Norwich research park building

BBSRC/JIC MENTION: Work set to start on £11.5m Norwich research park building | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The first phase of a major expansion of Norfolk’s science-based businesses will get under way this month following the award of a £11.5m contract.
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Dispute takes mackerel off menu

Dispute takes mackerel off menu | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has downgraded mackerel from its list of fish suitable to eat.
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JIC MENTION: South African tree may treat TB in new way

JIC MENTION: South African tree may treat TB in new way | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

A compound from the South African toothbrush tree inactivates a tuberculosis drug target in a previously unknown way, presenting a potential antibiotic to treat the deadly disease.

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ROTHAMSTED MENTION: How wasps and fungi can save crops

ROTHAMSTED MENTION: How wasps and fungi can save crops | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Biocontrol is an area of biotechnology that involves replacing pesticides with live organisms - fighting nature with nature.
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BBSRC FUNDED: Hen research at Bristol University could help people with osteoporosis

BBSRC FUNDED: Hen research at Bristol University could help people with osteoporosis | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
RESEARCHERS at the University of Bristol have found that omega-3 oil could help laying hens avoid bone damage – a condition that affects millions of hens each year, and the research may also...
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'Quantum smell' idea gains ground

'Quantum smell' idea gains ground | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A controversial theory of smell involving quantum physics receives a boost as scientists test the idea using human subjects.
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New antibiotics are a matter of life or death

New antibiotics are a matter of life or death | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Bacterial resistance caused by over-reliance on antibiotics is creating an emergency
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Can UK science navigate around the Valley of Death

Can UK science navigate around the Valley of Death | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
British scientific brilliance often stumbles on the way to commercialisation, but can old ways change?
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'Eight great technologies' benefit from £600m in government funding

'Eight great technologies' benefit from £600m in government funding | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Science minister David Willetts sets out plans for spending in space, robotics, computing and energy storage
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Animal kingdom is smaller than we thought (but that’s good news)

Animal kingdom is smaller than we thought (but that’s good news) | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
How many species are there?
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BBSRC MENTION: Research to develop chemical supplies for industry

Grants from the EPSRC and BBSRC are aiming to advance sustainable processes in industry
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Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose 'apocalyptic' threat, top expert says

Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose 'apocalyptic' threat, top expert says | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies tells MPs issue should be added to national risk register of civil emergencies
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ROTHAMSTED MENTION: RCUK and Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology build stronger links

ROTHAMSTED MENTION: RCUK and Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology build stronger links | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) have announced the projects to be funded under their China-UK Coop...
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BBSRC MENTION: New gene discovery could boost global crop yields

UNIVERSITY of Warwick scientists have discovered a “nourishing gene” which controls the transfer of nutrients from plant to seed - a significant step which could help increase global food production.
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BBSRC MENTION: British scientists to make hydrogen using artificial leaves

BBSRC MENTION: British scientists to make hydrogen using artificial leaves | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Scientists at the University of East Anglia are beginning a project to make hydrogen by copying the photosynthesis process used by leaves.

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Article highlights BBSRC strategy: "The Council's strategy says that advancing industrial biotechnology not only offers financial benefit and sustainable economic growth for the UK, but also promises to create thousands of new 'green collar' jobs."

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BBSRC funded PhD student: Weight loss 'fights off gut worms'

BBSRC funded PhD student: Weight loss 'fights off gut worms' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Weight loss following infection with intestinal worms is the body's way of fighting off the invaders, University of Manchester researchers have found.
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