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June 09, 2009

New antibiotics could come from a DNA binding compound that kills bacteria in 2 minutes

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/new_antibiotics_could/

A synthetic DNA binding compound has proved surprisingly effective at binding to the DNA of bacteria and killing all the bacteria it touched within two minutes.


May 12, 2009

Research says older people need more sun

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/research_says_older/

Spending more time in the sunshine could help older people to reduce their risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

Exposure to sunlight stimulates vitamin D in the skin and older people are more likely to have a vitamin D deficiency due to the natural aging process and changes in lifestyle.


April 24, 2009

Waters and University of Warwick sign Research Agreement

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/waters_and_university/

Waters Corporation (WAT:NYSE) and the University of Warwick, Coventry and Warwickshire, England, have signed a collaborative research agreement intended to support the growth, development and adoption of novel mass spectrometry (MS) technologies, including Waters® SYNAPT High Definition MS™ (HDMS™) system.


April 23, 2009

New research to tackle £3 billion potato problem

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/new_research_to/

Researchers at the University of Warwick and the University of Dundee are to lead a £3.5million project investigating how microbes are able to cause the notorious crop disease late blight – responsible for the Irish potato famine and still wreaking havoc around the world.


February 24, 2009

Houseplant pest gives clue to potential new anthrax treatment

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/houseplant_pest_gives/

Researchers at the University of Warwick have found how a citric acid-based Achilles heel used by a pathogen that attacks the popular African Violet house plant could be exploited not just to save African Violets but also to provide a potentially effective treatment for Anthrax.


July 16, 2008

‘The biology of the 21st Century’

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=denisnoble.mp3

A pioneer of systems biology Professor Denis Noble, an honorary graduate at the University of Warwick, talks about how society’s view of the discipline is set to change.


May 20, 2008

Hybrid embryo research

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=stemcellmore.mp3

Justin St John, Professor of reproductive biology at Warwick Medical School, explains some of the details of legislation that would permit for the first time in the UK the wide scale creation of hybrid human embryos for research, containing human and animal elements.


August 15, 2007

Modelling the spread of foot and mouth infection

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/

Matthew Vernon discusses his work modelling the spread of infections such as foot and mouth in cattle and how these models can inform the response to an outbreak.


December 08, 2006

Producing antibodies in plants

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=antibody_production.mp3

Dr. Lorenzo Frigerio from Warwick’s Biological Sciences Department talks about the Wellcome Trust Translation Award he has received to enable him to validate his lab based work on increased yield of antibody production within plant cells using complete plants in order to show industrial scale manufacture is possible.

Length: 19 minutes

Summary:

Background on antibody production in plants
Wellcome Trust Translation Award to validate work in complete plants
How will these antibodies be used, what benefits are offered
Who will be treated and how
When will this enter the market
Will this be costly (privately available or NHS)
Risks to health or the environment
Other areas of medicine the techniques might be applied to


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