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Recent Technologies in Microbiology

Date
05/06/2015
Location:
School of Biosciences - University of Birmingham
Description
A one day conference bringing together the latest techniques applied in microbiology today
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research, Students
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Sixteen year study of remote sea birds shows sub-annual breeding to maximise offspring
Sixteen year study of remote sea birds shows sub-annual breeding to maximise offspring
Description
A bird species that makes its breeding home on a remote Atlantic island has been shown to breed consistently for the first time with a cycle of less than a year, following a 16-year study by University of Birmingham researchers – potentially to maximise the total number of offspring they produce.
Date:
11/04/2014
Carina Hellberg (1967-2014)
Carina Hellberg (1967-2014)
Description
Dr Carina Hellberg, Reader in Molecular Cell Biology in the School of Biosciences, died in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Friday 14th March. Carina joined us in September 2011, having previously been a Group Leader at the Ludwig Institute in Uppsala in Sweden. Although her time with us was quite short, she made a big impression, and she will be greatly missed. A tree will be planted in the Biosciences Quad in her memory.
Date:
20/03/2014
A Growth Spurt at 1,500 Years Old
A Growth Spurt at 1,500 Years Old
Description
Following the recent resuscitation of a sample of moss which turned out to be more than 1,500 years old, Dr Luisa Orsini of the School of Bisociences describes, in a New York Times article entitled "A Growth Spurt at 1,500 Years Old" how it may be possible to use whatever is stored in ice or sediment as a sort of backup for biodiversity.
Date:
18/03/2014
First 'Circadian Advice Bureau' and 'Sleep Clinic' launched at the University of Birmingham
First 'Circadian Advice Bureau' and 'Sleep Clinic' launched at the University of Birmingham
Description
Biological rhythms and sleep research are currently amongst the most important areas in public health. Sleep pathologies have reached epidemic proportions over the past decades and a large number of people worldwide suffer from chronic 'circadian' disruptions, i.e. conditions describing the increasing discrepancy between the timing of our internal biological body clocks and that of our social environment.
Date:
10/03/2014
Should we teach creationism in schools?
Should we teach creationism in schools?
Description
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
Description
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
Description
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
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