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Scientists have made the first artificial chromosome which is both complete and functional in a milestone development in synthetic biology, which promises to revolutionise medical and industrial biotechnology in the coming century.
BBSRC is funding part of the synthetic yeast project
When it comes to the floods, we must stop searching for someone to blame
Work carried out at Rothamsted Research and funded by the taxpayer is now producing solid information about the most efficient ways of managing willow as an energy source. It is time to put that information to use in large-scale trials, and the Somerset Levels would seem to be just the place to do it.
Crop researchers will aim to improve wheat yields by 50 percent by 2034 to feed a growing world population, according to an announcement at a summit to mark Nobel Peace Prize-laureate Norman Borlaug’s birth.
A test to see whether you can spot camouflaged birds hiding in their habitat
Dr Martin Stevens, who is leading the project, hopes to exploit these camouflage techniques to help mobile phone masts and telegraph poles look more inconspicuous or to hide ugly buildings from view or make road signs easier to read.
A new report on genetically modified (GM) crops, commissioned by the prime minister, calls for more UK field trials and fewer EU restrictions. Professor Sir Mark Walport, the government's chief scientific advisor, speaks to the Today programme.
Wild animals see overhead power cables in remote regions of the countryside as disturbing lines of flashing lights, which could explain why many species avoid electricity pylons to the point where their natural territories become seriously fragmented, scientists said.
The study, published in the journal Conservation Biology and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, analysed the UV corona associated with power lines in southern Norway, where there are now 23 distinct populations of wild reindeer as a result of habitat fragmentation caused by human infrastructure such as roads and overhead electricity cables, said Nick Tyler of the University of Tromsø in Norway