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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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Ancestor of humans and all other mammals was small furry insect eater

Ancestor of humans and all other mammals was small furry insect eater | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists reconstruct the animal that gave rise to every placental mammal following the extinction of the dinosaurs
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BBSRC MENTION: Key protein revealed as trigger for stem cell development

"A natural trigger that enables stem cells to become any cell-type in the body has been discovered by scientists"

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BBSRC MENTION Study finds how bacteria detect and ingest new DNA

BBSRC MENTION Study finds how bacteria detect and ingest new DNA | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

"A new study by researchers at Imperial College London has identified how Neisseria meningitidis, a type of bacteria that causes life-threatening meningitis and septicaemia, is able to detect and ingest new DNA"

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BBSRC MENTION: Finding malaria’s weak spot

"A ground-breaking imaging system to track malarial infection of blood cells in real time has been created"

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Solar superstorms: UK must brace itself, say engineers

Solar superstorms: UK must brace itself, say engineers | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Particles and radiation from a superstorm could lead to blackouts and put one in 10 satellites out of action
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MEPs back major EU fishing reform

MEPs back major EU fishing reform | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The European Parliament approves a major reform of fishing to end the wasteful discarding of dead fish and help depleted stocks to recover.
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BBC: "GM spuds withdrawn in EU"

BBC: "GM spuds withdrawn in EU" | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Our correspondent Matt McGrath looks as the consequences stemming from BASF's decision to halt the development of all its GM potato varieties in Europe.
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ROTHAMSTED MENTION: First butterflies, now moths decline

ROTHAMSTED MENTION: First butterflies, now moths decline | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Britain's moths are in danger of dying out, a new report has warned, with three species already extinct and two thirds in decline.
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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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ROTHAMSTED MENTION: Rothamsted plans GM winter wheat field trial

ROTHAMSTED MENTION: Rothamsted plans GM winter wheat field trial | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Britain could get its first field trial of autumn-sown GM wheat, if plans by Rothamsted Research come to fruition.
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Scientists testing for 'giant gene'

Scientists testing for 'giant gene' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists in Belfast want to establish if the genetic blip which saw an 18th Century Irishman sprout to more than seven-and-a-half feet is widespread in the area he was from.
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BBSRC MENTION: More than £6M funding awarded to enhance development of biopharmaceuticals

More than £6M of funding has been awarded to enhance the development of biopharmaceuticals.
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BBSRC, ROSLIN, TGAC MENTIONS: Boost for genomics research

OVER £1.1M of new investment has been awarded for ARK-Genomics, a high-throughput DNA sequencing facility based at The Roslin Institute.
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BBSRC MENTION: Funding for shark drug research

BBSRC MENTION: Funding for shark drug research | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A team developing anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory drugs from research based on the immune systems of sharks receives a £1.5m funding boost.
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Bionic man unveiled at London's Science Museum - video

A bionic man, which has artificial organs, synthetic blood and robotic limbs, goes on display at the Science Museum in London on Tuesday
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FOOD MANUFACTURE: "Sourcing GM-free stock feed becoming impossible"

FOOD MANUFACTURE: "Sourcing GM-free stock feed becoming impossible" | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Genetically modified (GM) animal feed stuffs have become so widespread that it is increasingly difficult to avoid them, Meurig Raymond, NFU deputy president told Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum.
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BBSRC MENTION: Altacor chairman Andy Richardson receives BIA lifetime achievement award

BBSRC MENTION: Altacor chairman Andy Richardson receives BIA lifetime achievement award | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
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Sea urchin 'trick' captures CO2

Sea urchin 'trick' captures CO2 | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The natural ability of sea urchins to absorb CO2 could be a model for an effective carbon capture and storage system, researchers say.
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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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