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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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Neanderthals 'unlikely to have interbred with human ancestors'

Neanderthals 'unlikely to have interbred with human ancestors' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Theory that human sub-species co-existed in Europe is cast into doubt as fossil bones are revealed to be far older than thought
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Prize to honour scientist Higgs

Prize to honour scientist Higgs | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A physics prize for school students is to be launched in honour of world-renowned scientist Prof Peter Higgs.
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ROTHAMSTED MENTION: Habitat loss hits UK moth numbers

ROTHAMSTED MENTION: Habitat loss hits UK moth numbers | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Two-thirds of Britain's 337 species of common and widespread larger moths have experienced a significant decline over the past four decade, a survey shows.
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ROTHAMSTED MENTION: British moths in calamitous decline, major new study reveals

ROTHAMSTED MENTION: British moths in calamitous decline, major new study reveals | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Population in southern UK is down 40% in 40 years and three native species have become extinct since 2000
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PIRBRIGHT MENTION: Met Office takes the farming temperature

"The organisation highlighted its collaboration with the Institute of Animal Health at Pirbright on tackling Bluetongue"

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BBSRC Mention: Scientists Discover Potential New Target In Fight Against ‘Superbug’

University of Cambridge researchers have discovered how an antibiotic-resistant superbug exploits oxygen-limited conditions in the lungs of...
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The research, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and published in Open Biology, shows that an infection pathway in P. aeruginosa is activated when the bug encounters low-oxygen conditions.

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Why mice and men, and cats and dogs, all like to be stroked

The stroking impulse could have evolved out of the need to keep fur and hair free from parasites
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BBSRC MENTION: RELU Director wins prestigious international award

"The programme is an unprecedented collaboration between the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)."

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BBSRC MENTION: Iron-enriched potatoes could help tackle anaemia, nanoscientists’ study suggests

"The humble potato could hold the answer to tackling the common condition iron deficiency anaemia, scientists believe"

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Forensic cancer treatment: Personalised drugs therapy becoming a reality with hopes for improvement in survival rates

Forensic cancer treatment: Personalised drugs therapy becoming a reality with hopes for improvement in survival rates | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A decade ago it took tens of millions of pounds and many years to sequence the compete genome of one individual. Now it takes a few hundred pounds and a couple of days to decode the entire DNA of a cancer cell.
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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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BBSRC MENTION: Research suggests meerkat predator-scanning behaviour is altruistic

In order to spot potential predators, adult meerkats often climb to a higher vantage point or stand on their hind legs. If a predator is detected, they use several different alarm calls to warn the rest of the group.
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Richard III: 'highly convincing case' skeleton is the king

Richard III: 'highly convincing case' skeleton is the king | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Human remains found buried deep beneath a Leicester car park have been identified as those of Richard III as far as tests can prove, scientists confirmed today.
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Guardian: 'After 30 years, is a GM food breakthrough finally here?'

Guardian: 'After 30 years, is a GM food breakthrough finally here?' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Golden rice, a new strain that boosts vitamin A levels and reduces blindness in developing countries, is about to be sown in the Philippines – and is the new battleground crop
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Views expressed by Guardian's Robin McKie

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ROTHAMSTED MENTION: British moths have crashed in numbers over past 40 years as part of widespread decline

ROTHAMSTED MENTION: British moths have crashed in numbers over past 40 years as part of widespread decline | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Some of Britain’s most beautiful moths, such as the stunning garden tiger moth, have crashed in numbers over the past 40 years as part of a widespread decline, a new report reveals today.
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TIM BENTON QUOTE: Extreme weather ‘likely’ to wipe out food production

TIM BENTON QUOTE: Extreme weather ‘likely’ to wipe out food production | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The likelihood of growing climate volatility and extreme weather incidents “wiping out” agricultural production and food systems is “increasing rapidly”, warns a leading expert.
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Public forests sale decision due

Public forests sale decision due | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The government is expected to outline its plans on whether or not to go ahead with the sale of publicly owned forests in England.
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IFR/BBSRC MENTIONS: The need to feed programs Campylobacter's 'Sat Nav'

IFR/BBSRC MENTIONS: The need to feed programs Campylobacter's 'Sat Nav' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A rumbling tummy is our body's way of telling us "it's time for lunch." Likewise, bacteria need to know when it's time to eat.
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BBSRC MENTION/QUOTE: Scientists discover potential new target in fight against 'superbug'

BBSRC MENTION/QUOTE: Scientists discover potential new target in fight against 'superbug' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria thrive in the lungs of seriously ill patients Scientists discover 'switch' that turns on aggressive infection in the superbug Hope that discovery could lead to new treatments University of Cambridge researchers have...
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BBSRC FUNDING: Five green chemical feedstock projects launched

New projects will investigate how feedstock chemicals can be produced without fossil fuels
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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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