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Health - Life Sciences - 09.08.2009
UCL to research non-invasive diagnostic tests during pregnancy
Professor Lyn Chitty (UCL Institute of Child Health) is leading a five-year research project to evaluate and, if appropriate, develop a plan to implement tests which could significantly reduce the number of women undergoing invasive tests during pregnancy such as amniocentesis. Invasive tests carry around a one per cent risk of miscarriage, so each thousand invasive tests avoided would potentially save ten healthy babies.

Life Sciences - Earth Sciences - 04.08.2009
Scary ancient spiders revealed in 3D models, thanks to new imaging technique
Scary ancient spiders revealed in 3D models, thanks to new imaging technique
Scary ancient spiders revealed in 3D models, thanks to new imaging technique Early relatives of spiders that lived around 300 million years ago are revealed in new three-dimensional models Imperial C

Health - Life Sciences - 01.08.2009
Genetic link found to increased risk of ovarian cancer
UCL scientists are part of a team that has located a region of DNA which - when altered - can increase the risk of ovarian cancer, according to research published today . An international research group involving UCL, the Cancer Research UK Genetic Epidemiology Unit, and the University of Cambridge searched through the genomes of 1,810 women with ovarian cancer and 2,535 women without the disease from across the UK.

Health - Life Sciences - 01.08.2009
Genetic link found to increased risk of ovarian cancer
UCL scientists are part of a team that has located a region of DNA which - when altered - can increase the risk of ovarian cancer, according to research published today . An international research group involving UCL, the Cancer Research UK Genetic Epidemiology Unit, and the University of Cambridge searched through the genomes of 1,810 women with ovarian cancer and 2,535 women without the disease from across the UK.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 30.07.2009
Gene transcribing machine takes halting, backsliding trip along the DNA
Gene transcribing machine takes halting, backsliding trip along the DNA
When these nanoscale protein machines encounter obstacles as they move along the DNA, they stall, often for minutes, and even backtrack as they transcribe DNA that is tightly wound to fit inside the cell's nucleus.

Life Sciences - 30.07.2009
Freshwater Fish at the Top of the Food Chain Evolve More Slowly
Cambridge, Mass. July 30, 2009 - Since evolving to eat other fish, freshwater fish at the top of the food chain have remained relatively unchanged compared with their insect- and snail-eating cousins, according to new research.

Health - Life Sciences - 29.07.2009
Under pressure: new research programme to examine how bacterial pathogens cope with stress
Under pressure: new research programme to examine how bacterial pathogens cope with stress
Under pressure: new research programme to examine how bacterial pathogens cope with stress BBSRC grant fuels interdisciplinary bacterial stress response research %0A " By Danielle Reeves Thursday 30

Life Sciences - Health - 28.07.2009
Scientists will codirect $14.5 million National Center for Systems Biology
Scientists will codirect $14.5 million National Center for Systems Biology
The new Spatiotemporal Modeling Center is funded by a $14.5 million, five-year grant from the National Institute for General Medical Sciences. "The new center will apply large-scale, multidisciplinary approaches to understanding how the innate and adaptive immune systems interact." Lab contributes computer modeling, antibody engineering capabilities Los Alamos, New Mexico, July 28, 2009— Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists will codirect a new National Center for Systems Biology located at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Life Sciences - Health - 28.07.2009
Maternal, Paternal Genes’ Tug-of-War May Last Well Into Childhood
Cambridge, Mass. July 28, 2009 - An analysis of rare genetic disorders in which children lack some genes from one parent suggests that maternal and paternal genes engage in a subtle tug-of-war well into childhood, and possibly as late as the onset of puberty.

Health - Life Sciences - 27.07.2009
Natural born killers – how the body's frontline immune cells decide which cells to destroy
Natural born killers – how the body’s frontline immune cells decide which cells to destroy
Natural born killers ? how the body's frontline immune cells decide which cells to destroy New insight into how the body's Natural Killer cells work %0A " Imperial College London news release Strictl

Life Sciences - Environment - 27.07.2009
DNA barcode chosen for identifying the world's plants
DNA barcode chosen for identifying the world’s plants
DNA barcode chosen for identifying the world's plants New identification technique could aid plant conservation %0A " Adapted from a press release issued by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Tuesday

Health - Life Sciences - 21.07.2009
UCL severe acute malnutrition research published
UCL researchers have undertaken a study, published in The Lancet of 11 July, to ascertain whether the treatment of severe acute malnutrition could be improved through the use of new types of therapeutic foods.

Health - Life Sciences - 21.07.2009
UCL severe acute malnutrition research published
UCL researchers have undertaken a study, published in The Lancet of 11 July, to ascertain whether the treatment of severe acute malnutrition could be improved through the use of new types of therapeutic foods.

Health - Life Sciences - 21.07.2009
Researchers turn cell phones into fluorescent microscopes, bring low-cost lab tools to the field
Researchers turn cell phones into fluorescent microscopes, bring low-cost lab tools to the field
BERKELEY — Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are proving that a camera phone can capture far more than photos of people or pets at play.

Health - Life Sciences - 20.07.2009
Gene variant linked to higher risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Gene variant linked to higher risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma
BERKELEY — Researchers have identified a gene variant that carries nearly twice the risk of developing an increasingly common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a group of cancers that develops in the immune system's white blood cells.

Life Sciences - Health - 19.07.2009
Sparkling with success – Diamond fellowship awarded to Imperial life scientist
Sparkling with success – Diamond fellowship awarded to Imperial life scientist
Sparkling with success ? Diamond fellowship awarded to Imperial life scientist New professorial fellowship from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council %0A " By Danielle Reeves Mon

Earth Sciences - Life Sciences - 19.07.2009

Life Sciences - Psychology - 15.07.2009
Childhood Adversity May Affect Processing in the Brain’s Reward Pathways
Scientists at Harvard University used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to monitor brain activity as participants played a game involving cues that predicted monetary rewards and penalties.

Life Sciences - 14.07.2009
Surviving mass extinction by leading a double life
Surviving mass extinction by leading a double life
PA 192/09 Drifting across the world's oceans are a group of unicellular marine microorganisms that are not only a crucial source of food for other marine life — but their fossils, which are foun

Life Sciences - Health - 14.07.2009
Drugs may prevent epilepsy & seizures after brain injury
Drugs may prevent epilepsy & seizures after brain injury
BERKELEY — Drugs that block a growth factor receptor on brain cells may prevent epilepsy after brain damage, according to a new study appearing in the July 15 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.

Health - Life Sciences - 13.07.2009
Quartet of ministers put Imperial healthcare innovation in the spotlight
Quartet of ministers put Imperial healthcare innovation in the spotlight
Quartet of ministers put Imperial healthcare innovation in the spotlight - %0A " Tuesday 14 July 2009 By Abigail Smith The latest developments in personalised medicine were on show at Imperial today,

Health - Life Sciences - 09.07.2009
Blood vessel bends and branches put the brakes on statins
Blood vessel bends and branches put the brakes on statins
Blood vessel bends and branches put the brakes on statins First evidence that biomechanical forces may affect drug?s action - %0A > Under embargo until 00.01hrs British Summer Time Friday 1

Life Sciences - Mathematics - 08.07.2009
Attractive males release fewer sperm
Attractive males release fewer sperm per mating to maximise their chances of producing offspring across a range of females, according to a new paper on the evolution of ejaculation strategies.

Life Sciences - Mathematics - 08.07.2009
Attractive males release fewer sperm
Attractive males release fewer sperm per mating to maximise their chances of producing offspring across a range of females, according to a new paper on the evolution of ejaculation strategies.

Health - Life Sciences - 06.07.2009
Glutamic acid linked to lower blood pressure
Glutamic acid linked to lower blood pressure
Glutamic acid linked to lower blood pressure Glutamic acid may be a key blood pressure-lowering component of vegetables Imperial College London News Release Under strict embargo for 21.00 Brit

Health - Life Sciences - 06.07.2009
Researchers develop groundbreaking iPhone application
A neuroscience laboratory based within UCL's Institute of Ophthalmology has developed the first audio-based game for the iPhone.

Health - Life Sciences - 06.07.2009
Researchers develop groundbreaking iPhone application
A neuroscience laboratory based within UCL's Institute of Ophthalmology has developed the first audio-based game for the iPhone.

Life Sciences - Health - 06.07.2009
Hormone clue to root growth
Hormone clue to root growth
PA 187/09 Plant roots provide the crops we eat with water, nutrients and anchorage. Understanding how roots grow and how hormones control that growth is crucial to improving crop yields, which will be necessary to address food security and produce better biofuels. Now an international group of scientists, led by the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology at The University of Nottingham, has shed light on how a plant hormone is crucial in controlling the growth of plant roots.

Life Sciences - Health - 06.07.2009
One step closer to an artificial nerve cell
Scientists at Karolinska Institutet and Linköping University are well on the way to creating the first artificial nerve cell that can communicate specifically with nerve cells in the body using neurotransmitters.

Health - Life Sciences - 05.07.2009
Moles hold the key to melanoma genes
Moles hold the key to melanoma genes
Moles hold the key to melanoma genes New study reveals genes for melanoma risk %0A " Press release issued by Kings College London Strictly embargoed for 18.00 hours British Summer Time Sunday

Environment - Life Sciences - 02.07.2009
Climate change and the mystery of the shrinking sheep
Climate change and the mystery of the shrinking sheep
Climate change and the mystery of the shrinking sheep How milder winters are causing Scotland's Soay sheep to decrease in size Imperial College London news release Strictly embargoed for 1900 hours B

Environment - Life Sciences - 01.07.2009
Plant scientists reach for the skies with London rooftop experiments
Plant scientists reach for the skies with London rooftop experiments
Plant scientists reach for the skies with London rooftop experiments New GroDome facility on roof of campus building %0A " Imperial College London news release For immediate use Thursday 2 July 2009

Health - Life Sciences - 30.06.2009
Current search for heart disease treatment may not be fruitful
Current search for heart disease treatment may not be fruitful
Current search for heart disease treatment may not be fruitful New research suggests C-reactive protein does not cause coronary heart disease - %0A " Imperial College London News Release Under strict

Health - Life Sciences - 29.06.2009
Stress in the womb can last a lifetime, say researchers behind new exhibit
Stress in the womb can last a lifetime, say researchers behind new exhibit
Stress in the womb can last a lifetime, say researchers behind new exhibit Imperial scientists at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition show people why pregnant women should relax - %0A " Imperial Coll

Health - Life Sciences - 29.06.2009
Fishing for clues about human diseases
Researchers at the University of Sheffield are using tropical fish to help understand human diseases such as heart disease, asthma and Parkinson´s disease.

Computer Science - Life Sciences - 29.06.2009
Researchers unveil whiskered robot rat
A team of scientists have developed an innovative robot rat which can seek out and identify objects using its whiskers.

Health - Life Sciences - 28.06.2009
Engineers, scientists and clinicians will improve the lives of those living with osteoarthritis, thanks to £11 million grant
Engineers, scientists and clinicians will improve the lives of those living with osteoarthritis, thanks to £11 million grant
Engineers, scientists and clinicians will improve the lives of those living with osteoarthritis, thanks to £11 million grant Imperial receives £11 million grant to establish a Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering Solutions for Osteoarthritis ?

Life Sciences - Economics / Business - 19.06.2009
The UK's 'taste dialects' defined for the first time
The UK’s ’taste dialects’ defined for the first time
PA 169/09 Where we are born not only determines how we speak but also how we taste our food and drink. The taste preferences of the UK's major regions have been analysed by Professor Andy Taylor, an expert in flavour technology at The University of Nottingham and Greg Tucker a leading food psychologist.

Health - Life Sciences - 17.06.2009
Slugs A Home Run With NIH
Slugs A Home Run With NIH
June 18, 2009 — Virginia Key — The National Resource for Aplysia at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has had its resources grant with the National Institute for Health (NIH) extended for an additional five years.

Life Sciences - Health - 11.06.2009
Dangerous liaisons: bacterial ‘sex’ causes antibiotic resistance
Dangerous liaisons: bacterial ‘sex’ causes antibiotic resistance
Dangerous liaisons: bacterial ?sex? causes antibiotic resistance Pneumococci with DNA from other species are more resistant to antibiotics, says study - %0A " Imperial College London News Release Und

Environment - Life Sciences - 11.06.2009
Deforestation causes 'boom-and-bust' development in the Amazon
Deforestation causes ’boom-and-bust’ development in the Amazon
Deforestation causes 'boom-and-bust' development in the Amazon No long term benefits for local people when rainforests are cleared University of Cambridge and Imperial College London joint news relea

Environment - Life Sciences - 10.06.2009
CALS helps make sure water under the bridge runs clear
With some 4,000 lakes and ponds and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams feeding into some of the world's largest bodies of water, New York has plenty of water.

Life Sciences - Earth Sciences - 09.06.2009
University sheds light on plant growth
Researchers at the University of Sheffield have uncovered what determines how fast plants grow, and how evolution has adjusted this speed limit over millions of years, as the levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) has changed. Dr Peter Franks and Professor David Beerling from the University´s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, have shed light on why some plants grow much faster than others under the same conditions.

Health - Life Sciences - 09.06.2009
Fast pandemic detection tool ready to fight flu
Fast pandemic detection tool ready to fight flu
Researchers are developing new tools for rapidly characterizing biological pathogens that could give rise to potentially deadly pandemics such as Influenza A (H1N1). Los Alamos and Agilent Technologies develop first high-throughput system to be deployed at UCLA's new Global Bio Lab LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, June 9, 2009—In a joint effort by national laboratory-, universityand private-sector institutions, researchers are developing new tools for rapidly characterizing biological pathogens that could give rise to potentially deadly pandemics such as Influenza A (H1N1).

Environment - Life Sciences - 07.06.2009
Sheffield scientists bring cacti centre stage
Cacti have long been thought to be one of the groups of species that has in recent times suffered most from human activities, including over-harvesting and habitat change.

Life Sciences - History / Archeology - 04.06.2009
High population density triggers cultural explosions
Increasing population density, rather than boosts in brain-power, appears to have catalysed the emergence of modern human behaviour, according to a new study by UCL scientists published .

Life Sciences - History / Archeology - 04.06.2009
High population density triggers cultural explosions
Increasing population density, rather than boosts in brain-power, appears to have catalysed the emergence of modern human behaviour, according to a new study by UCL scientists published .

Linguistics / Literature - Life Sciences - 01.06.2009
Three faculty members elected to American Philosophical Society
BERKELEY — Three University of California, Berkeley, faculty members have been elected to the American Philosophical Society, the nation's oldest learned society comprised of nearly 1,000 eminent scholars from a broad range of disciplines.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 01.06.2009
Harvard Scientist Says We are What We Eat - and What We Cook
Yes, says Richard Wrangham of Harvard University, who argues in a new book that the invention of cooking - even more than agriculture, the eating of meat, or the advent of tools - is what led to the rise of humanity.

Art and Design - Life Sciences - 28.05.2009
Princeton honors exceptional secondary school teachers
Princeton University will honor four outstanding New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2009 Commencement on Tuesday, June 2.

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