All entries for September 2005

September 29, 2005

Warwick Medical School joins forces with Novo Nordisk to improve diabetes care

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The University of Warwick has announced the signing of a partnership agreement between Warwick Medical School and Danish diabetes healthcare company Novo Nordisk, focusing on a joint initiative to improve clinical research in diabetes medicine. The partnership will support the advance of treatment guidelines for primary and secondary care and further drive education elements for health care practitioners.

September 19, 2005

Hanging Baskets of Sex and Death Help Fruit Growers

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A hanging basket style device is at the heart of a plan by researchers at the University of Warwick to harness the sex drive of a major pest of fruit orchards as a weapon to spread a virus to kill that very same pest. The device allows growers to selectively target the pest with a virus that kills its larvae without killing other beneficial insects.

September 08, 2005

Key clue to most 'social' bacterium is gourmet style consumption of phosphates

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New research into one of the world's most social bacteria – Myxococcus xanthus, has discovered that it has a gourmet style approach to its consumption of phosphates, which provides a key clue to what makes it the most "social" of bacteria.

Myxococcus xanthus is amazingly social and co-operative for a bacterium. It "hunts" as a pack, it makes a collective decision with other M. xanthus whether to go dormant or not, and it even has methods of policing the behaviour of individual bacteria that to try to "cheat" in the collective activity of the group. Now Dr David Whitworth from the Biological Sciences Department of the University of Warwick has also discovered that it appears to seek out and consume phosphate in a "gourmet" manner, providing important evidence as to how such a relatively simple organism is able to act in such a social manner.

September 02, 2005

Researchers to help Europe's Policy–Makers Grapple with the New World Disorder

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In the face of stiff international competition, the University of Warwick's Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation has been awarded 5.4 million euro by the European Commission to create an international network of over 250 scholars to provide crucial research to help politicians and policy makers devise global responses to the increasing array of international problems we face today – everything from infectious disease control to terrorism and the environment. World Trade Organization Director-General elect Pascal Lamy will chair the network's International Advisory Board.

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