Category: science news

Weekly news: Squeezing the Juice from a frozen lake

I’M GENUINELY intrigued by the reports which have surfaced in the last few days from the deep drilling project in Antarctica, which has found thriving microbial colonies in very hostile conditions in a sub-glacial lake. It has long been suggested…

xMap at 10: towards a future of precision medicine

THE TENTH annual Planet xMap conference, currently underway in Monaco, has addressed many of the topical issues in medical research and diagnostics including the outlook for the people of the poorest nations, the potential of neuronal stem cells, and the…

Planet xMap Europe registrations break 500 mark

THE TENTH annual Planet xMap symposium, to be held 10-11 October 2012 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, has attracted over 500 delegate registrations reports Luminex. The symposium programme features scientific sessions, workshops, discussion groups, exhibitions, and networking events with…

3D imaging solves mouse genome puzzle

SCIENTISTS in Canada and the USA have used 3D imaging techniques to settle a long-standing debate about how DNA and structural proteins are packaged into chromatin fibres. A paper published in Embo Reports shows that the mouse genome consists of…

Pirbright Institute is new name for IAH

THE UK’s Institute for Animal Health, which has a 100-year track record as a leading centre for surveillance and research into livestock diseases and the spread of viruses from animals to humans, has today (04 October 2012) been renamed the…

Weekly news: Strange lights in the sky

AN INTRIGUING aerial phenomenon last week gave a good indication of the poor standard of science knowledge among broadcast news crews. Late on Friday night, a strange fireball soared across the skies of northern England, Scotland, and Ireland. It wasn’t…

Weekly news: beam me up, Geordie

IT’S ALWAYS intriguing when science fiction becomes science fact, and never more so than when an item of kit from Star Trek gets made real. Fans of the series will recall that the apparently insurmountable problem of communications with alien…

Lab seeks long term answers to foot and mouth

THE WORLD reference laboratory for foot and mouth disease (FMD) at Pirbright has won funding of £2million to boost its status as the global centre of expertise on the disease. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)…