How can you prevent weak maths skills hindering student performance?

An increasing number of students are struggling to keep up with the maths content in the crucial first months of their degree, despite the measures lecturers are taking to continually adapt their teaching to...

GE Healthcare FlexFactory Helps XPH Scale Up Industrialization of TCR T-Cell Immunotherapy Drugs

GE Healthcare will provide Xiangxue Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (XPH) with a FlexFactory™ for cell therapy, a semi-automated end-to-end manufacturing platform, to help scale up, digitize and accelerate manufacturing processes for their cell therapy clinical...

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...

Dementia research initiative attracts funding

A quarter of a billion pounds has been pledged towards the UK’s first ever Dementia Research Institute (DRI), after two UK charities announced £100 million of new investment. The Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK...

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...

Research ‘could stop devastating plant disease’

Scientists have discovered a genetic mechanism that could stop the spread of a disease that threatens wheat crops. Septoria leaf blotch (STB), which is caused by a fungus, is the most significant threat to wheat...

Targetting fast-growing cancer cells

The discovery that an essential protein plays a protective role during cell division, could open the door to better targeted treatment of fast-growing cancer cells. Polo-like kinase (PLK1) was previously thought to have a major...

Findings offer hope of a cure

American company Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. has announced the presentation of preclinical data from its ZFP Therapeutic programme for the treatment and potential cure of both sickle cell disease (SCD) and beta-thalassemia. The data demonstrate that...

Detecting viruses in a pinprick

A novel method of detecting viruses in very small volumes has been developed in a collaboration between scientists at Swansea University, Biovici Ltd and the National Physical Laboratory. Their work – published in Advanced NanoBiomed...

Agreement offers hope for lung cancer patients

An agreement has been signed to develop technology which can treat lung cancer. Cancer Research UK and Cancer Research Technology (CRT), the charity’s development and commercialisation arm, have reached an agreement with Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc,....

Servier launches InnoPreP™, its new preparative chromatography offer

Servier, an independent international pharmaceutical company, has announced the launch of InnoPreP™ – a new preparative chromatography service offered under its contract development and manufacturing business. Servier has employed preparative chromatography for over 30 years...

UK’s unique national pancreas tissue bank opens for business

The UK’s national tissue bank for pancreatic diseases is open for applications from any UK-based researchers needing samples of blood, urine and saliva to aid their research. The Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Tissue Bank (PCRF...

Drug ‘slows growth of breast cancer tumour’

Cancer Research UK scientists have found a new way to slow the growth of the most aggressive type of breast cancer. The team from Oxford University and the University of Nottingham found that using a...

Alternative to invasive prostate cancer biopsies on the horizon

Pioneering research conducted by University of Virginia in collaboration with Manchester UK based APIS Assay Technologies Ltd has discovered Hormone-Upregulated lncRNA within the lymphocyte-specific protein tyrosine kinase (HULLK) is detectable in non-invasive prostate cancer patient samples. The breakthrough...

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...

Midge research

University of Liverpool fellow Dr Stefanos Siozios has been awarded £140,000 from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme to investigate ways of preventing midges transmitting viruses to livestock. Professor Greg Hurst, from the University’s Institute of...