Latest Edinburgh University Stories

New Gene Discovery Could Lead To Non-Hormonal Contraceptive For Men
2012-05-25 09:27:07

Male contraception may be a possibility thanks in part to a discovery of a new key reproductive gene critical for production of healthy sperm, suggests Scottish scientists credited with the discovery. Researchers from Edinburgh University are hopeful their study, which involved mice, could lead to a new type of male birth control that doesn´t disrupt the production of hormones, something which often causes side effects such as mood swings. The researchers found that a gene known as...

Mouse Sperm Grown In A Petri Dish, Again
2012-01-03 08:26:30

Just months after Japanese fertility scientists created artificial sperm from stem cells to make baby mice, German and Israeli researchers are making a major breakthrough of their own that could soon see human sperm grown in the laboratory. The development could soon give infertile men the ability to father their own children rather than relying on donor sperm from another man. The research team, led by Professor Stefan Schlatt, at Muenster University in Germany, were able to grow sperm...

2009-10-22 12:55:00

Scientists have discovered that our internal body clocks are shaped by the weather and the different seasons, BBC News reported. A team of researchers from Edinburgh University used computers to model the workings of internal biological clocks in human test subjects. The study helped determine that the internal clock mechanism is very complicated because it is able to deal with varying amounts of light from hour to hour, as well as changing seasons. The team hopes that their findings may...

2009-03-13 14:25:00

A new study by experts at Britain's Edinburgh University finds that a weakening of the small arteries in the brain may be responsible for 20 percent of strokes.The brain damage resulting from lacunar strokes, which occur in tiny rather than large arteries, may be caused by a gradual weakening of the artery wall.Scientists had previously believed this type of stroke was caused only by a reduced blood flow to the brain.  However, the Edinburgh University researchers now believe the...

2008-11-12 17:00:00

Scientists reported Wednesday that in 10,000 years a massive, worldwide freeze could overcome the planet, more deadly than the Ice Age. British and Canadian researchers said greenhouse gases could prove beneficial in the future to battle a chill that could cover Canada and the United States, Europe and Russia in permanent ice. However, scientists contend the world should not stop fighting global warming, theoretically stoked by human emissions of heat-trapping gases from burning fossil...

2008-10-09 06:00:14

By Jamie Beatson SCIENTISTS have moved a step closer to a cure for diabetes - thanks to ground-breaking stem cell research. Edinburgh University experts have developed a technique that prevents serious side-effects. They hope developed cells could soon be injected into diabetics, potentially curing them of their dependence on insulin injections. Stem cells are immature and are able to divide to produce copies of themselves and develop into other more specialised cell types. It is...

2008-09-16 09:00:18

By EDD McCRACKEN EDINBURGH THE technology used in the search for the "God particle", which got under way in Switzerland last week, should have radical implications for how cancer is treated in Scotland, according to one of the top scientists involved in the project. Professor Peter Clarke, head of the University of Edinburgh's Institute for e-Science and a particle physicist, said the technological advances used in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), combined with the knowledge of...

2008-09-05 12:00:00

By Rebecca McQuillan reports LOOK outside your window. Is it a beautiful day? Is it raining again? If so, welcome it, go out now in your socks and run about in it. Kiss a stranger. Make the most of every minute, because the doomsayers predict that we might not be here at Christmas. A tiny minority believe that the European Nuclear Research Centre (CERN) Big Bang Experiment, due to begin on Wednesday, is a folly that could create a black hole the whole world will be sucked into. Most...

2008-09-01 09:30:00

By Jenny Haworth Climate change could trigger an explosion in the number of new species in Africa, according to research from Edinburgh University. The future loss of lakes and rivers in Africa would influence how species such as buffalo, wildebeest and elephants evolve, according to scientists. Large populations of animals, which need water to survive, could be divided and, over time, evolve into new species to cope with their new surroundings. An isolated population of buffalo, unable...

2008-08-29 15:00:36

A CELEBRATION of 100 years of adult education in Edinburgh is to take place tomorrow. Records and photographs of class programmes from as far back as 1908 will be on show at the open event taking place at Drummond Community High School between 11am and 3pm. Zoo discussion evolves from Darwin's theories A DISCUSSION on the theory of evolution is to be held at Edinburgh Zoo next month. The talk, Evolution Versus Intelligent Design, will be led by Stuart Ritchie, president of...

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