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New study reveals hunting strategy of remaining populations of endangered African wild dogs

New study reveals hunting strategy of remaining populations of endangered African wild dogs
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'Two papers published together in Nature Communications reveal the detailed hunting behaviour of a whole pack of African wild dogs in Northern Botswana. Dr Julia P Myatt from the School of Biosciences is one of the authors of the study carried out by the Royal Veterinary College and the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust.
Date:
01/04/2016

Brazil Zika lab in a caravan gets funding

Brazil Zika lab in a caravan gets funding
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Dr Nick Loman, of the School of Biosciences and Institute of Microbiology and Infection, has been successful in his recent applications for funding to the Zika Rapid Response initiative with a proposal for "Open genomic surveillance of Zika virus (ZIKV) in Brazil using a novel portable real-time sequencing device" which Dr Loman describes as "a Zika lab in a caravan".
Date:
22/03/2016

New BBSRC-funding awarded for bovine TB research

New BBSRC-funding awarded for bovine TB research
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Biosciences researcher Apoorva Bhatt has recently been awarded a joint grant with Maximiliano Gutierrez (The Francis Crick Institute) and Stephen Gordon (University College Dublin) to study bovine tuberculosis (TB) as part of a BBSRC-funded, eradication of bovine TB initiative (ERADbTB).
Date:
19/02/2016

Who keeps the plans for our cellular power stations?

Who keeps the plans for our cellular power stations?
Description
Dr Iain Johnston, a Birmingham Fellow in Biosciences, and Ben Williams, a researcher at the Whitehead Institute at MIT, used maths, statistics, and biological "big data" to answer the question of why our mitochondria still contain some genes in their DNA.
Date:
19/02/2016

Calculating endless love!

Calculating endless love!
Description
A light-hearted research project has shown that children named Vivian, Connor and Evie may have been the most lucky in love this Valentine's Day - at least according to popular schoolyard lore.
Date:
16/02/2016

Real time outbreak surveillance using genomics now possible in resource-limited conditions

Real time outbreak surveillance using genomics now possible in resource-limited conditions
Description
New research published in Nature has shown how genome sequencing can be rapidly established to monitor outbreaks.
Date:
04/02/2016

Biosciences scientist awarded Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship

Biosciences scientist awarded Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship
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Dr Susannah Thorpe of the School of Biosciences has been honoured with the award of Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Fellowship to pursue her research in the area of human evolution and, in particular, the origins of human bipedalism.
Date:
02/02/2016

Researchers identify new drug target in fight against TB

Researchers identify new drug target in fight against TB
Description
TB researchers in the School of Biosciences at the University of Birmingham identify a new fatty acid shuttle mechanism in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis, as a new drug target in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline.
Date:
25/01/2016
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