Medicine and life sciences

Life Sciences - Jun 2
Scientists at UCL have discovered sets of regulatory genes, which are responsible for maintaining healthy hearing. The finding, made in fruit flies, could potentially lead to treatments for age-related hearing loss (ARHL) in humans. Globally one third of people (1.23 billion people) aged over 65 experience hearing impairment, and while there are thought to be more than 150 candidate genes which may affect hearing loss, there is no unified view on how to use these to develop novel preventive or curative hearing loss therapies.
Health - Jun 2

Neutrophils are critical immune cells for antimicrobial defense, but they can exacerbate a number of diseases, perhaps including COVID-19. The traditional approaches to study neutrophils in animal models are limited in specificity and effectiveness.

Health - Jun 1

One promising strategy to treat cancer is stimulating the body's own immune system to attack tumors. However, tumors are very good at suppressing the immune system, so these types of treatments don't work for all patients.

Materials Science - Jun 1
Materials Science

Material inspired by Japanese paper-cutting art could help to prevent falls in icy or slippery conditions.

Health - Jun 2

Honeybees that specialise in grooming their nestmates (allogroomers) to ward off pests play a central role in the colony, finds a new UCL and University of Florence study. Allogroomer bees also appear to have stronger immune systems, possibly enabling them to withstand their higher risk of infection, according to the findings published in Scientific Reports .

Environment - Jun 1

Analysis of thousands of vertebrate species reveals that extinction rates are likely much faster than previously thought.

Health - Jun 1

Scientists at UCL's Vax-Hub have been working with Oxford University to provide the research base for a Covid-19 vaccine that is now being trialled at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) with support from UCL researchers.

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