Cell line technology

By Frances Griss One of the most exciting and rapidly growing fields of bioscience is the development of new cell lines with specific and controllable characteristics, either for research or industrial scale production. Companies all over...

Creating an encyclopaedia of mammalian gene function

The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) is working to provide freely available information about the function of every gene in the mouse genome, based on the focused efforts of its 18 member organisations. Understanding health...

Urban development is attracting leading scientists and ambitious companies to the north

Newcastle Helix is the UK’s biggest urban development of its kind outside of London and has entered its next phase of development.  The £350m flagship project, brings together a community of academics, industry leaders, businesses...

The IP journey and risk mitigation

Paul Storer Senior Policy Adviser in the Business Support Policy Team at the IPO Resolving IP disputes can be costly and the Intellectual Property Office continues to seek to reduce costs for businesses, not only in...

Patients who have had an irregular heart beat can’t ever be considered ‘cured’, say...

Patients with an abnormal heart rhythm that can leave them at a higher risk of suffering from stroke still need treatment even after their heart rhythm seems to have returned to normal, say researchers...

Taking a global view

Work being done by Romanian and Ukranian scientists in the Danube Delta is helping to drive a research programme that could have global ramifications. Findings by the Danube Delta Research Institute show that algae bloom...

Are genetics the key to arthritis treatment?

New international studies have revealed how genetics could explain why different environmental exposures can trigger the onset of different forms of rheumatoid arthritis. As our joints succumb to wear and tear, chronic pain becomes more...

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...

Mighty Mitochondria

Damaged protein could be one of the keys to premature ageing Scientists have found that the condition of key proteins in the mitochondria -the batteries of cells- could be used to predict, and eventually treat,...

Dundee’s global life sciences contribution highlighted at BIO 2018

The University of Dundee’s contribution to the UK’s strength in the global life sciences sector is has been highlighted by its Drug Discovery Unit at one of the world’s major scientific gatherings, the 2018...

Life or Death – The importance of Cold Chain Supply

All over the world, drug companies are producing medicines and treatments that are saving lives but when the pharmaceuticals leave the manufacturing plant that is only half the story. Crucial to the success of the...

Breaking through cardiovascular disease

Professor Metin Avkiran, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) explains the work they are doing to find the next breakthrough treatment for cardiovascular disease. Since the BHF was formed over 50 years...

Bionic technology that is pushing the boundaries of what is possible

The loss of a limb through illness or accident can be a truly devastating blow and, until recent years, prosthetics did not really offer much in the way of compensation for sufferers. False limbs...

Bringing patients and providers together one tweet at a time

As an open forum for human interaction, social media have become the great equalizer of health information – providing a means for patients and health care providers to connect outside of the hospital or...

Major steps being taken in battle against arthritis

Researchers from many disciplines are working together to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis patients and potentially save the NHS millions of pounds on ineffective drugs. Doctors can waste a long time prescribing different therapies...

Genome editing technology moves forward 

Editing the human genomeis a ground-breaking technique which is raising the hopes of millions of people afflicted by inherited disease. Research has already made significant advances in possible therapies for diseases as diverse as sickle-cell...