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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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The most lethal invader . . . Asian hornet that preys on native bees

The most lethal invader . . . Asian hornet that preys on native bees | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Hornets that prey on native bees and give a painful sting are the latest alien species preparing to invade Britain.
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TIM BENTON MENTION: The EU has a history of not wanting us to produce food: it would leave us vulnerable

Is it possible that at last we could possibly be about to get some dry weather? Like most farmers I spend more time looking and listening to weather forecasts than I do to the news.
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BBSRC MENTION: Biomedical research in the UK is to benefit from a GBP 25.5m cash injection to boost the resolution revolution taking place in microscope technology

Three of the UK's research councils have invested GBP20.1m, GBP2.4m and GBP2m respectively, to establish 17 microscopy platforms that will bring about ground breaking advances in biological and biomedical research.

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John Innes Centre Mention: “Growing” Medicines in Plants Requires New Regulations |

John Innes Centre Mention: “Growing” Medicines in Plants Requires New Regulations | | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Scientists say amending an EU directive on GMOs could help stimulate innovation in making vaccines, cheaper pharmaceuticals and organic plastics using plants. 

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Schmallenberg virus 'can infect wild animals'

Schmallenberg virus 'can infect wild animals' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A livestock virus sweeping through British sheep flocks and cattle herds has been passed to wild deer, say scientists.
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BBSRC, INSTITUTES MENTIONS: Research matters: Innovation is driven by people like you

Innovation is a frequently used word. But sometimes, if you are starting out on a career in research, it may be difficult to see how you might be considered a driver of it.
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Global standard targets water waste

Global standard targets water waste | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
An international standard on water reduction has been launched by the UK's Carbon Trust in order to encourage businesses to use water more sustainably.
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BBSRC MENTION: Stem cell breakthrough

BBSRC MENTION: Stem cell breakthrough | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Southampton have created a new method to generate bone cells which could lead to revolutionary bone repair therapies for people with bone fractures or those who need hip replacement surgery due to osteoporosis and...
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A sensational breakthrough: the first bionic hand that can feel

A sensational breakthrough: the first bionic hand that can feel | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The first bionic hand that allows an amputee to feel what they are touching will be transplanted later this year in a pioneering operation that could introduce a new generation of artificial limbs with sensory perception.
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Evolution to blame for bad backs, dropped arches and impacted wisdom teeth, say scientists

Evolution to blame for bad backs, dropped arches and impacted wisdom teeth, say scientists | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Evolution may have catapulted humans to the top of the food chain but it also landed us with bad backs, dropped arches and impacted wisdom teeth, according to scientists.
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Science Weekly Extra podcast: water and food sustainability

Science Weekly Extra podcast: water and food sustainability | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The first in a series of panel discussions on the scientific, technological and social challenges of achieving sustainability in water, food and energy consumption
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ROTHAMSTED MENTION: Herbicide trials highlight differences in beet weed control programmes

FINDINGS from the first year of a new three-year herbicide trials programme have highlighted differences between weed control approaches in sugar beet in terms of efficacy on key weed species, cost and crop safety.
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BBSRC MENTION: Research shows how 'Mallard' dye fills need for speed

Researchers have developed a dye which provides a quick and accurate method of checking heparin levels in the blood.
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Mosquito repellent Deet 'losing its effectiveness'

Mosquito repellent Deet 'losing its effectiveness' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The mosquito repellent Deet, which is widely used by holidaymakers and residents in warm climates, is losing its effectiveness, scientists say.
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BBSRC MENTION: IQ fall link to schizophrenia risk

BBSRC MENTION: IQ fall link to schizophrenia risk | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
A study shows that genes associated with schizophrenia influence people in other important ways besides causing the illness itself.
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Breakthrough Prize announced by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs

Breakthrough Prize announced by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sergey Brin of Google and venture capitalist Yuri Milner set up foundation to reward excellence in life sciences with 11 individual prizes of $3m
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Prehistoric Plaque and the Gentrification of Europe’s Mouth

Prehistoric Plaque and the Gentrification of Europe’s Mouth | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Prehistoric dental plaque shows how the rise of agriculture turned our mouths into “a permanent disease state". …
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Retinal implant restores partial sight to blind people

Retinal implant restores partial sight to blind people | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Some previously blind patients fitted with retinal implant could read signs, tell the time and distinguish white wine from red
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Lambing season left blighted by deadly Schmallenberg virus

Lambing season left blighted by deadly Schmallenberg virus | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Tens of thousands of lambs have been stillborn or deformed throughout Britain as a result of the deadly Schmallenberg virus, with the industry bracing itself for what could be a blighted lambing season.
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uBiome project will sequence the bacteria that share our bodies

uBiome project will sequence the bacteria that share our bodies | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Paying volunteers will provide samples to help investigate potential links between the 'microbiome' and disease
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Antibiotics hunted in deep ocean trenches

Antibiotics hunted in deep ocean trenches | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Aberdeen University researchers are hoping to find the next generation of infection-fighting drugs in the depths of the sea
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Diamond to shine light on infections

Diamond to shine light on infections | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The UK's national synchrotron facility - the Diamond Light Source near Oxford - is to become a world centre for studying the structure of viruses and bacteria that cause serious disease.
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Halve meat consumption, scientists urge rich world

Halve meat consumption, scientists urge rich world | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
UN study says horsemeat scandal exposed dark side of cheap meat and shows how farming practices destroy natural world
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ROTHAMSTED MENTION: Latest food scares will influence attitudes to GM technology

EUROPEAN agriculture can survive without genetic modification, but the disparitybetween costs of production will widen and farmers will be increasingly reliant on subsidies, a leading scientist told the Sentry conference.
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TIM BENTON QUOTE: Food waste a driver in the need for production increases

CLIMATE change will place the biggest constraint on future production increases and it cannot be ignored, the 2013 Sentry Conference heard.
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