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Latest Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Stories

2011-01-07 11:00:58

For the first time, researchers have developed a 3D picture of a herpes virus protein interacting with a key part of the human cellular machinery, enhancing our understanding of how it hijacks human cells to spread infection and opening up new possibilities for stepping in to prevent or treat infection.

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2010-12-27 07:05:00

Teams of international scientists have unlocked the genetic code of the wild strawberry and a certain type of cacao used to make fine chocolate, in a breakthrough that could lead to even more scrumptious versions of the treats.

2010-12-17 12:05:15

Researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) at the University of Oxford have uncovered a clue that may help to explain why the earliest evidence of complex multicellular animal life appears around 550 million years ago, when atmospheric oxygen levels on the planet rose sharply from 3% to their modern day level of 21%.

2010-11-29 14:47:33

A hormone responsible for the onset of puberty can end up stuck in the wrong part of the body if the nerve pathways responsible for its transport to the brain fail to develop properly.

2010-11-18 14:31:13

Researchers funded by the BBSRC Crop Science Initiative have made a discovery that could instigate a paradigm shift in breeding resistance to late blight - a devastating disease of potatoes and tomatoes costing the industry £5-6Bn a year worldwide.

2010-11-18 14:24:12

Like gangsters running a protection racket, drongos in the Kalahari Desert act as lookouts for other birds in order to steal a cut of their food catch.

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2010-11-10 10:30:00

How do hearts, wings or flowers get their shape?

2010-11-08 15:11:15

Scientists have found that the fat cells and tissues of morbidly obese people and animals can reach a limit in their ability to store fat appropriately.

2010-11-01 15:22:35

Scientists from the UK and Australia have seen the human immune system's assassin – a protein called perforin – in action for the first time.

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2010-10-12 09:40:00

Gardeners could help out the declining worldwide bee population by planting flowers that are red or have stripes along the veins.


Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.