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Should we teach creationism in schools?

Should we teach creationism in schools?
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In a recent article for The Conversation website, Dr Jeremy Pritchard, Head of Education for the School of Biosciences, discusses the teaching of creationism in science classes in UK schools.
Date:
20/02/2014

Recent study challenges a major tenet of eukaryotic gene expression

Recent study challenges a major tenet of eukaryotic gene expression
Description
When eukaryotic cells produce new proteins, an elaborate and complex sequence of events is happening in the cell. The DNA, packaged into chromosomes, is partially unpacked, the genetic information stored in the DNA is transcribed to RNA, and finally the protein is synthesized by the ribosome according to the blueprint provided by the RNA. It has long been accepted among biologists that the processes of transcribing the DNA to RNA and the translation of RNA to the protein happen in two different places of the cell: the former in the nucleus, the latter – after RNA export – in the cytoplasm.
Date:
04/02/2014

Emeritus Professor in New Year's Honours list

Emeritus Professor in New Year's Honours list
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Congratulations to Professor David Morton who was awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours for his "services to the UK and International Veterinary Profession especially Animal Welfare and Ethics". Professor Morton was Director of the Biomedical Service Unit from 1989 to 2006 and Head of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, and is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Biosciences.
Date:
30/01/2014

Spiked drink theory sheds new light on Alexander the Great's death

Spiked drink theory sheds new light on Alexander the Great's death
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The mystery of the death of Alexander the Great, shrouded in intrigue, may have finally been solved, thanks to a team of academics, including a University of Birmingham toxicologist.
Date:
23/01/2014

Head of School becomes Chairman of Biochemical Society

Head of School becomes Chairman of Biochemical Society
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Professor Steve Busby, Head of School of Biosciences, became Chairman of Biochemical Society on 1st January. The Biochemical Society is the UK's largest and oldest member organisation that promotes molecular biosciences worldwide.
Date:
17/01/2014

Success in University Enterprise Competition

Success in University Enterprise Competition
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Congratulations to Biosciences undergraduate Richard Daniels for his success as a finalist in the University's annual Plan-B innovation competition, coming first in the "Improving the Campus Experience" category, and second in the overall competition. His entry was based on a project called "Student Calculator" which is an accessible, user friendly app and website that allows students to follow their progress.
Date:
17/01/2014

Living time capsule shows the human mark on evolution

Living time capsule shows the human mark on evolution
Description
In a News York Times article entitled "A living time capsule shows the human mark on evolution", Dr Luisa Orsini of the School of Bisociences describes how the hatching of 700 year old eggs of the water flea Daphnia presents a biological archive enabling researchers to go back in time.
Date:
09/01/2014

Royal Society case study features Dr Juliet Coates

Royal Society case study features Dr Juliet Coates
Description
Dr Juliet Coates, lecturer in Plant Molecular Genetics in the School of Biosciences, has been featured on the Royal Society website in a case study about her research into plant development and evolution.
Date:
17/12/2013
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