Why is Diligent Due Diligence Important?

Alex Bone, Patent Attorney, Partner,  AA Thornton. Background Biopharma merger and acquisition activity was lower in 2021 than in recent years, but the top 10 deals still reached a combined value of over $50 billion. The main...

Durham University launches new degree in Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise

Durham University has launched a new MSc in Plant Biotechnology and Enterprise designed to provide the fundamental knowledge and skills to produce future scientists specialising in plant biotechnology. Students’ will gain the technical and scientific...

Cancer cell ‘switch-off’ could aid deadly brain tumour treatment

Researchers believe they may have found a way to strengthen possible treatments for glioblastoma and reduce the speed at which the aggressive tumour progresses. Glioblastoma is the most common primary brain tumour in adults, and,...

Could ‘bee glue’ combat drug-resistant bacteria

A remarkable material known as propolis - found in beehives - is the subject of a new two-year study by the University of Bradford and Whitby-based natural remedy company Nature’s Laboratory. Propolis is a biscuity...

Electronics inspired by the qualities of human skin

Human interactions with robots could soon be revolutionised with ‘skin-inspired’ electronics. Chemical engineers at Stanford have already discovered a groundbreaking way to create an elastic light-emitting polymer. Now they have developed stretchy colour displays which could...

Evonetix demonstrates novel enzymatic DNA synthesis method

Proprietary thermally-controlled synthesis chemistry will enable production of high quality DNA at scale, making it a key milestone in the development of Evonetix’s benchtop DNA synthesis platform. EVONETIX LTD (‘Evonetix’), the synthetic biology company specialising...

The time is now: how bioscience can build its talent pipeline

Benn Chacksfield, Head of Propositions at Tiro, says employers should consider alternative avenues of recruitment to avert the looming skills crisis. The bioscience sector has never been more prominent in public consciousness in the wake...

What happens in our brain when we die

Neuroscientists have recorded the activity of a dying human brain and discovered rhythmic brain wave patterns similar to those during dreaming, memory recall, and meditation. A new study suggests an explanation for vivid life...

Cytiva supports global biopharma industry with new site in Cardiff, Wales

Cardiff site will manufacture single-use bioprocessing technologies used to make vaccines and biopharmaceuticals for global customers. Part of a £300 million investment over two years with Pall Life Sciences into UK operations. Cytiva, a...

AI used to improve cardiovascular risk prediction

AI startup Owkin and Amgen have announced the results of a three-year project using artificial intelligence to more accurately predict cardiovascular risk. This study demonstrates the ability of AI to improve the way that...

Lab-grown ‘mini-stomachs’ could shed light on children’s COVID symptoms

A ‘lab-grown model’ of the human stomach, that can be used to study how infections affect the gastrointestinal system, has been developed for the first time. A UCL-led team of international scientists have built on...

Bacteria can develop strong immunity for protection against viruses

A new study hopes to exploit newly characterised defence systems in bacteria to compare changes to the human genome. University bioscientists have been working on the research to demonstrate the complex workings of bacterial innate...

Ancient genes help dolphins live on

Ancient genes that predate the last Ice Age may be the key to survival … at least if you are a dolphin! Genes up to 2.3 million years old helped the bottlenose dolphin adapt to...

Light therapy helmet could help dementia patients

A new infrared light therapy has the potential to help people with dementia. A pilot study recently investigated how transcranial photobiomodulation therapy (PBM-T) –transferred through a specially adapted helmet -- could boost memory, motor function...

Putting the diverse into neurodiversity

The global Institute Of Neurodiversity ION has launched its UK chapter. The Institute aims to give a global voice to all neurodiverse groups, and ensure neurodivergent individuals are understood, represented, and valued equally in society. Currently, 1 in...

Sizzling breakthrough for 3D meat

A 4oz steak has been ‘lab-grown’ using a digital design file. Israeli firm MeaTech 3D Ltd. cultivated the bio-printed steak using real fat and muscle cells. The cells were produced using an advanced process that...