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Scientists crowdsource to decode genetic code of ash dieback fungus

Scientists crowdsource to decode genetic code of ash dieback fungus | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Genetic data from infected trees to be posted on OpenAshDieback site, to find out causes and best plan of attack
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Feeling hungry? How thinking about the last big meal you ate could help you curb hunger pangs and lose weight

Feeling hungry? How thinking about the last big meal you ate could help you curb hunger pangs and lose weight | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
The memory of eating a large meal can make people feel less hungry hours after tucking into food, according to BBSRC-funded research.

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Global wheat project aims to increase yields by 50% - 12/5/2012 - Farmers Weekly

Global wheat project aims to increase yields by 50% - 12/5/2012 - Farmers Weekly | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

A new global wheat initiative has been launched to raise yields and develop new varieties better able to cope with disease, drought and other stresses.

 

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Key wheat genetic codes unlocked

Key wheat genetic codes unlocked | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Scientists unlock key parts of the complex genetic code of wheat, one of the world's most important crops, which could help improve food security.
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Britain in nutrition recession as food prices rise and incomes shrink

Britain in nutrition recession as food prices rise and incomes shrink | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

Professor Tim Benton of the Global Food Security programme, which brings together government departments and academic research councils, said the implications of rising food prices needed to be urgently addressed. "We have seen three food price spikes in five years. I can't see how that will go away – it can only get worse."

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£700,000 for DNA sampling project

£700,000 for DNA sampling project | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

A Dundee-led project helping scientists make predictions about the structure and function of proteins by sampling genetic data is awarded £700,000. The award is from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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UK gives major funding boost to low-carbon fuel research

In a move that could potentially revolutionise major UK industries and help the country meet its serious social and environmental challenges, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has announc an unprecedented £20m worth of synthetic biology projects

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Caterpillar fungus in Tibetan mountains could hold key to new anti-inflammatory drugs - The Times of India

Caterpillar fungus in Tibetan mountains could hold key to new anti-inflammatory drugs - The Times of India | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Caterpillar fungi, rare parasites found on hibernating caterpillars in the mountains of Tibet, are offering new hope for sufferers of asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, renal failure and stroke damage.
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Scientists go the whole hog in genome mapping | Reuters

Scientists go the whole hog in genome mapping | Reuters | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have mapped the genome of the domestic pig in a project that could enhance the animal's use for meat production and the testing of drugs for human disease.A study published...
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Scientists decode pig genome

Scientists decode pig genome | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

Pigs and humans share 112 DNA mutations which in man have been linked to obesity, diabetes, dyslexia, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, a team from the United States and Europe found.

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UK Pledges $16M for Center to Boost Synthetic Biology Business - GenomeWeb

UK Pledges $16M for Center to Boost Synthetic Biology BusinessGenomeWebThe Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) said today that it wants proposals from institutions interested in founding an Innovation and Knowledge Centre...
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Key To Controlling Fruit Ripening Could Be In The Functions Of Chloroplasts - RedOrbit

Key To Controlling Fruit Ripening Could Be In The Functions Of Chloroplasts - RedOrbit | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Key To Controlling Fruit Ripening Could Be In The Functions Of ChloroplastsRedOrbitWe have known for some time that this was going to be a big breakthrough.” The research has been funded by grants from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences...
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Light leaf spot fungicide performance results available - Farmers Guardian

Light leaf spot fungicide performance results available - Farmers Guardian | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Light leaf spot fungicide performance results availableFarmers GuardianLight leaf spot has become more prevalent in England in recent years and, according to Rothamsted Research, this trend is set to continue.
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Chemical key to cell division revealed - life - 05 December 2012 - New Scientist

In each of our cells, most of the genetic material is packaged safely within the nucleus, which is protected by a double membrane. The biochemistry behind how this membrane transforms when cells divide has finally been unravelled, offering insights that could provide new ways of fighting cancer and some rare genetic disorders.

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Discovery of 100 million-year-old regions of DNA shows short cut to crop science advances

Scientists have discovered 100 million-year-old regions in the DNA of several plant species which could hold secrets about how specific genes are turned 'on' or 'off'.
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Genetic breakthrough could guarantee wheat supplies - Channel 4 News

Genetic breakthrough could guarantee wheat supplies - Channel 4 News | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

A group of international scientists has cracked the complex genetic code of wheat, offering the prospect of global food security in one of the world's most important crops.

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OAPs put through jet pilot testing to find out why the elderly suffer falls

OAPs put through  jet pilot testing to find out why the elderly suffer falls | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Birmingham University researchers hope to link age-related changes in brain and body with the risk of falls. They think age may cause balance organs in the ears and head to lose contact with what the feet are doing.
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Fundamental dilemma facing world agriculture over the next decade

AN increasing number of plant species are under threat from the demands being put on agriculture to produce more food to support the growing world population which is increasing by 160,000 every day.
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Manchester benefits from funding boost for biotechnology (The University of Manchester)

Manchester benefits from funding boost for biotechnology (The University of Manchester) | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

The University of Manchester has won a significant share of £20million of Government funding for research work that will help revolutionise major industries in bioenergy and biotechnology.

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Bdelloids Surviving on Borrowed DNA - ScienceNOW

Bdelloids Surviving on Borrowed DNA - ScienceNOW | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

In Mother Nature's edition of the TV reality show Survivor, the bdelloid rotifers would probably be the last animals standing. These tiny aquatic creatures can survive high blasts of radiation and years of desiccation—and they've persisted for tens of millions of years without sex.

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Cricket ears may improve hearing aids - Times LIVE

Cricket ears may improve hearing aids - Times LIVE | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
New advances in hearing aids and medical imaging may be possible thanks to a tiny insect from the South American jungle, according to a study.
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Scientists map domestic pig's genome

LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Scientists have mapped the genomeof the domestic pig in a project that could enhance the animal'suse in the testing of drugs for human disease.

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Imaging our immune system: From Cell to Seahorse - The Yorker

Imaging our immune system: From Cell to Seahorse - The Yorker | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
The YorkerImaging our immune system: From Cell to SeahorseThe YorkerOne of the PhD students in the Coles group, Amy Sawtell who generated the image, is funded by 'GlaxoSmithKline' and the 'Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council'...
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GM breakthrough could help improve crop yields by regulating the ripening of fruit

GM breakthrough could help improve crop yields by regulating the ripening of fruit | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
The newly identified gene controls chloroplasts, tiny structures inside plant cells which are responsible for photosynthesis.
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Technique to control fruit ripening - Telegraph.co.uk

Technique to control fruit ripening - Telegraph.co.uk | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.ukTechnique to control fruit ripeningTelegraph.co.ukProf Douglas Kell, Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, which funded the project, added: "The ripening process can happen quickly, and it can...
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