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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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BBSRC funded: Viruses cooperate or conquer to cause maximum destruction

Scientists have discovered new evidence about the evolution of viruses, in work that will change our understanding about the control of infectious diseases such as winter flu.
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BBSRC FUNDED: Automated design for drug discovery

A system of 'automated design' for new drugs could help develop the complex therapies needed for many medical conditions while also improving drug safety and efficiency, new research from the University of Dundee has shown.
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BBSRC FUNDED: Chemical key to cell division revealed

The discovery that lipids are vital for an important stage of cell division could offer new ways to treat cancer and rare genetic disorders
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Ash dieback 'originated in Asia'

Ash dieback 'originated in Asia' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Increasing evidence points to the idea that the fungus that is causing ash dieback originated in Japan or Korea, where it co-exists with native ash trees.
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Ash dieback: lack of plant scientists blamed for slow response

Ash dieback: lack of plant scientists blamed for slow response | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Government scientists bemoan lack of resources to environment committee, and say border controls on pests are ineffective
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ROTHAMSTED MENTION: GM trials to go ahead next year

ROTHAMSTED MENTION: GM trials to go ahead next year | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Scientists will go ahead with plans to plant genetically modified (GM) crops in the UK next year, despite vandalism during the summer.
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BBSRC FUNDED: Salmonella bug 'changes the gut'

BBSRC FUNDED: Salmonella bug 'changes the gut' | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Researchers at Edinburgh University gain fresh insights into how the salmonella bug makes people ill.
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Ash dieback infection sites have doubled within a month, figures show

Ash dieback infection sites have doubled within a month, figures show | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The number of sites infected by deadly fungus reaches 291 as environment secretary unveils national control plan...
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IFR/BBSRC MENTION: New evidence for epigenetic effects of diet on healthy aging | Science Codex

IFR/BBSRC MENTION: New evidence for epigenetic effects of diet on healthy aging | Science Codex | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
New research in human volunteers has shown that molecular changes to our genes, known as epigenetic marks, are driven mainly by ageing but are also affected by what we eat.
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BBSRC FUNDED: Ancient Regions of DNA Advance Crop Science | Videos | Laboratory Equipment

Scientists have discovered 100 million-year-old regions in the DNA of several plant species that could accelerate the pace of research into crop science and food security.
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ROTHAMSTED MENTION: Agronomics may be favouring brome species - 12/5/2012 - Farmers Weekly

ROTHAMSTED MENTION: Agronomics may be favouring brome species - 12/5/2012 - Farmers Weekly | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
More needs to be done to differentiate between meadow brome and rye brome to prevent different agronomic practices inadvertently favouring certain species within wheat crops.
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BBSRC MENTION: Global wheat project aims to increase yields by 50% - 12/5/2012 - Farmers Weekly

BBSRC MENTION: Global wheat project aims to increase yields by 50% - 12/5/2012 - Farmers Weekly | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Steve Visscher, deputy chief executive of BBSRC, said: "Wheat is one of the world's most important staple crops, but it is under great pressure at a time when we need to find ways to feed our growing global population while also adapting to climate.

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Marlboro palace: how city birds feather their nests

Marlboro palace: how city birds feather their nests | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
It sounds like a surreal urban myth: birds in cities may be deliberately incorporating cigarette ends into their nests to ward off insect parasites. But scientists in Mexico offer compelling evidence that it is true.
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BBSRC FUNDED: Pheromone helps mice remember where to find a mate

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that male mice produce a pheromone that provokes females and competitor males to remember a preference for the place where the pheromone was previously encountered.
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BBSRC FUNDED: Delivering stem cells by post means more effective global treatment

BBSRC FUNDED: Delivering stem cells by post means more effective global treatment | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Findings from a new University of Reading study could lead to cheaper, wider and more effective stem cell research and treatment of disease.
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BBSRC FUNDED: How thinking about the last big meal you ate could help you curb hunger pangs and lose weight

BBSRC FUNDED: How thinking about the last big meal you ate could help you curb hunger pangs and lose weight | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Researchers find that the level of hunger people feel is equal to the amount they had last eaten, not what they had seen before eating.
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Two 425m-year-old shrimp-like fossils found - with limbs, eyes, gills and guts intact

Two 425m-year-old shrimp-like fossils found - with limbs, eyes, gills and guts intact | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
For tiny shrimp-like creatures that are 425 million years old, they look in pretty good shape.
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Decade of science progress in English schools reversed, global study finds

Decade of science progress in English schools reversed, global study finds | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
English secondary pupils slide down rankings of attainment in science, but improve slightly in language and reading
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ROTHAMSTED MENTION: Campaigners slam Paterson over GM stance - 12/11/2012 - Farmers Weekly

Anti-GM groups have criticised DEFRA secretary Owen Paterson for backing the introduction of GM food technology in the UK.
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Food minister Owen Paterson backs GM crops - Telegraph

Food minister Owen Paterson backs GM crops - Telegraph | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Genetically modified food should be grown and sold widely in Britain and consumer opposition to the technology is a “complete nonsense”, the Cabinet minister in charge of food and farming has said.
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BBSRC MENTION: Memory of a previous meal can affect appetite - Technology & Science - CBC News

BBSRC MENTION: Memory of a previous meal can affect appetite - Technology & Science - CBC News | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
Remembering a large meal may make people feel fuller but an inaccurate memory can have opposite effect, a small experiment suggests.
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GFS MENTION: Food technology innovators get £11m funding boost - Farming UK news

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board, said: "The collaboration between the funders is also an excellent example of cooperation between partners in the Global Food Security programme."

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George Osborne pledges extra £600m for science to stimulate growth

George Osborne pledges extra £600m for science to stimulate growth | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it
The extra funds underpin the government's conviction that science and technology are key to economic recovery...
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Norwich Research Park Under the Tongue Spray Could Cut Malaria Deaths

A new under-the-tongue spray developed by Norwich Research Park company LondonPharma could help cut deaths by helping children recover sufficiently to survive the journey to hospital.

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Bread prices set to rise after bad weather hits UK wheat crop

Bread prices set to rise after bad weather hits UK wheat crop | BIOSCIENCE NEWS | Scoop.it

Flour mills have been forced to order the biggest wheat imports in more than 30 years after the spring weather hit British farmers' crops.

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