Imaging technology teaches researchers about DNA changes

Across the Pond, imaging technology is also shedding light on the way that environmental factors affect DNA and trigger illnesses such as cancer and lung disease. The link has long been known but what was...

The body in miniature

By Craig Brierley at University of Cambridge The past few years has seen an explosion in the number of studies using organoids – so-called ‘mini organs’. While they can help scientists understand human biology and...

Discovery helps fight against drug-resistant Tuberculosis

A team of scientists have identified a naturally occurring antibiotic that may help in the fight against drug-resistant Tuberculosis. Each year, approximately 10 million people fall ill with Tuberculosis (TB) and around 1.7 million die...

Education secretary backs the drive to recruit more young scientists

UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is backing attempts to enthuse young people with a love of science. She said: “Developing the best schools and skills is a key part of our long-term economic plan to...

How do bioscience companies ensure a strong talent pipeline for the future?

The UK science industry is facing a national shortage of highly skilled workers, an issue linked previously to STEM subjects being a less favourable option at A Level. But the tides are changing; this year...

Bioscience Expertise, Training, and Equipment Access

Bioscience Technology is moving so quickly that radical approaches have to be taken to ensure researchers have sustainable access to cutting-edge expertise, equipment and training. The Bioscience Technology Facility is an exemplar which proves that...

Australian biobanking initiative to help autism research

All over the world, the potential of biobanking is being recognised. In Australia, for example, the first Autism Biobank has just been launched by the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC). The...

Ulster University leads on €8.2M cross border collaborative research centre

The EU funded cross border centre of research excellence in cardiovascular medicine will transform cardiac care in the region by developing new models of care, smart wearable technologies and improved patient monitoring systems. The Eastern...

New treatment option 
for ‘wake-up’ stroke patients

Detail revealed in MRI brain scans can help doctors accurately deduce when a stroke begins, according to new research, allowing treatment for many patients who currently cannot receive it. The findings could help to better...

New ‘trap’ to analyse, in real time, how cells communicate

Using multiple laser beams and Raman spectroscopy, experts at the Universities of Nottingham and Glasgow have designed and built a new instrument which could help scientists learn more about how infections take hold and...

Trade Secrets – current and future protection

A trade secret is a piece of knowledge that gives you a competitive advantage over others in the field. It must not be widely known,  the owner must have taken deliberate steps to keep it...

Will Man ever run the 100m in less than nine seconds? *

It is never easy to run 100m in less than ten seconds, as the recent Commonwealth Games demonstrated. However, as the world record stands at 9.58 seconds, the attention in recent years has turned...

Climate Change and the challenges facing mankind

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing mankind. Always has been, always will be, and that means that big changes lie ahead. Many of those changes will impact on the work of scientists...

Tackling 
infection 
a major priority worldwide

Preventing infection is a major challenge facing healthcare workers today. To meet that challenge, an industry has developed specialising in training people at all levels, from carers in homes for the elderly to senior...

Remarkable breakthroughs that herald the age of bionics

He was one of the television hits of the 1970s, the Six Million Dollar Man with his super-enhanced vision and reconstructed bionic limbs that that allowed him to run at incredible speeds and jump...

A new approach to reduce the impact of ageing

For Newcastle University Professor Thomas Zglinicki the biggest challenge that lies ahead for medical researchers is tackling age-related multimorbidity, the incidence of people living with several long-term conditions at a time. The professor, who works...