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2011-03-31 07:10:00

SEATTLE, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Glencoe Software, a leading provider of image data management tools for life science and biopharmaceutical research and a member of the Open Microscopy Environment Consortium, is proud that its founder Professor Jason Swedlow and the whole OME Team have been named this year's BBSRC Innovator of the Year. The BBSRC is the United Kingdom's primary funder of academic research and training in the non-clinical life sciences, and along with the Wellcome...

2011-03-09 16:38:19

A study published today (09 March) in Proceedings of the Royal Society B by researchers at Rothamsted Research (an institute of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council), and the universities of Lund (Sweden), Greenwich and York, reports the surprising finding that night-flying moths are able to match their songbird counterparts for travel speed and direction during their annual migrations but they use quite different strategies to do so - information that adds to our...

2011-03-02 21:39:07

New research, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has shown that nematode worms have to trade-off resistance to different diseases, gaining resistance to one microbe at the expense of becoming more vulnerable to another. This finding, published in PLoS ONE today (2 March 2011), reveals that the worms, called C. elegans, have a much more complex immune system than was previously thought and shows how important such trade-offs are across the animal...

2011-02-24 18:58:14

Scientists have published results that will forever change the way researchers view the interplay between gene expression, DNA replication and the prevention of DNA damage. DNA damage, if not kept in check, can lead to many problems including cancers. Researchers, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Wellcome Trust and working at The University of Nottingham, have shown that the process of replication is even riskier than originally thought....

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2011-02-10 10:25:00

A study published today in Psychological Science, examines how the brain processes pain and concludes that what you look at can influence how much pain you feel. Contrary to many people's compulsion of looking away during a painful event such as an injection, scientists found that looking at your body - in this case the hand - reduces the pain experienced, BBC News reports. Researchers also showed that magnifying the hand to make it appear larger cut pain levels further still. The team says...

2011-02-03 00:00:43

The Technology Strategy Board is to manage two further funding competitions as part of the £21.5 million Regenerative Medicine Programme. (PRWeb UK) February 2, 2011 The Technology Strategy Board is to manage two further funding competitions as part of the £21.5 million Regenerative Medicine Programme. Regenerative Medicine Programme: Tools and Technologies will see the Technology Strategy Board, the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences...

2011-02-03 00:00:43

The Technology Strategy Board "“ in partnership with Defra, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Scottish Government "“ is launching a collaborative research and development competition with up to £15 million available to invest in projects focusing on the challenge of Sustainable Protein Production. (PRWeb UK) February 2, 2011 The Technology Strategy Board "“ in partnership with Defra, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research...

2011-02-02 12:54:23

Researchers report that an arctic relative of the grouse has evolved to cope with its extreme environment by moving efficiently at high speeds or when carrying winter weight. This discovery is of relevance to welfare in the poultry industry where birds are bred to be heavier. Ultimately better understanding the physiology of a natural animal model of extreme weight gain could one day lead to improving the welfare and meat yield of domesticated breeds and so contribute to preventing a future...

2011-02-01 21:55:36

Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have revealed a novel molecular mechanism that triggers plant infection by Pseudomonas syringae, the bacteria responsible for bacterial speck in tomatoes. The scientists from the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London have revealed how two genes in the bacteria work together to launch the infection process that ultimately kills the plant's cells and causes disease, significantly reducing...

2011-01-13 17:45:24

Breakthrough could prevent future bird flu epidemics Chickens genetically modified to prevent them spreading bird flu have been produced by researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. The scientists have successfully developed genetically modified (transgenic) chickens that do not transmit avian influenza virus to other chickens with which they are in contact. This genetic modification has the potential to stop bird flu outbreaks spreading within poultry flocks. This would not...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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