Gene editing research bid overcomes crucial hurdle

The UK is leading the world after the national Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) approved a research application from the Francis Crick Institute to use new gene editing techniques on human embryos. decision after...

Researchers develop catalyst to increase the yield of biodiesel

Researchers from the Cardiff Cataylsis Institute have devised a way of increasing the yield of biodiesel by using waste left over from its production process. Using catalysis, the Cardiff University researchers have been able to...

Stem cell research shows promise

Experts atThe University of Nottingham have discovered the first fully synthetic substratewith potential to grow billions of stem cells. Their research could pave the way for the creation of ‘stem cell factories’, the mass production...

Aspirin could reduce cancer risk

Research has shown that a regular dose of aspirin reduces the long-term risk of cancer in this who are overweight. The findings came out of an international study of people with a family history of...

Welcome for packaging

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) has welcomed the Government’s proposal to publish the cost of medicines to the NHS on packs of those costing more than £20. Alison Clough, ABPI Acting...

Stroke research programme under way

Treating stroke patients with antibiotics and paracetamol could save up to 25,000 lives each year, researchers atthe University of Edinburgh have said. A £4m study is to investigate whether routinely offering these drugs to stroke...

New procedure offers hope forthose suffering from blindness

A trial of a new treatmentderived from stem cells forpeople with ‘wet’ age-relatedmacular degeneration (AMD) has started at Moorfields EyeHospital in London, followinga successful operation on apatient. The operation is a milestone in the London...

Red grapes could helpcombat cancer

Resveratrol, a chemical found in red grapes, is more effectivein smaller doses at preventing bowel cancer in mice thanhigh doses, according to new research. Previous research looked at high doses of purified resveratrol to study...

Scan Change

Medical Research Council scientists have developed a new approach to speed up MRI scans for those who cannot hold their breath. Patients need to lie still and, in some cases, hold their breath for...

Horses and humans ‘share facial expressions’

Horses share somesurprisingly similar facialexpressions to humans andchimps, according to newUniversity of Sussex research. Researchers have shown that, like humans, horses use muscles underlying various facial features - including their nostrils, lips and eyes -...

‘Chemical harpoons’ could tackle antibiotic problem

The global threat of widespread bacterial resistance to antibiotics is one of the greatest challenges facing science and medicine. Now, the discovery of bacterial ‘chemical harpoons’ could pave the way for a new approach to...

Enzyme research

Scientists at the University of York were part of a research team which found that a recently-discovered family of enzymes can degrade resistant forms of starch. Earlier research established that the enzymes – lytic polysaccharide...

Collaboration targetsdegeneration in MS

University of Edinburghscientists are setto workwith leading biotechnologybusiness Genzyme, a Sanoficompany,to carry out drugdiscovery research that couldreduce neuron damage inthe brain. The collaboration – brokered by Edinburgh BioQuarter’s Business Development team - will focus on...

Breakthrough in fight againstskin disease

Scientists from the University of Surrey have made an important breakthrough in the fight againstthe flesh-eating tropical skin disease Buruli ulcer. The team has discovered that the bacteria causes a blood clot in patients’ skin,...

University invests in science

The University of Cumbria is investing £1.2m to find the next generation of scientists. Staff are using the money to develop a new teaching programme of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and a...

Funding will help develop bladder cancer test

A Cancer diagnostic company located in Sunderland and Cambridge has secured £2m to further developing a non-invasive urine test for the detection of prostate and bladder cancer. The company, UroSens Ltd, received the funding in...