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Can we see Evolution in real time using Bacterial models?

Can we see Evolution in real time using Bacterial  models?
Date
26/01/2015
Location:
The Avon Room, top floor of University Centre Building (R23 on the campus map)
Description
Dr Pete Lund, Reader in Molecular Microbiology, School of Biosciences
Categories:
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

Bacterial Intelligence: an introduction to our Invisible neighbours

Bacterial Intelligence: an introduction to our Invisible neighbours
Date
09/02/2015
Location:
The Avon Room, top floor of University Centre Building (R23 on the campus map)
Description
Professor Steve Busby, Professor of Biochemistry and Head of School of Biosciences
Categories:
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research

The Human Zoo: the battle between Hosts and Pathogens

The Human Zoo: the battle between Hosts and  Pathogens
Date
16/03/2015
Location:
The Avon Room, top floor of University Centre Building (R23 on the campus map)
Description
Professor Robin May, Lister Fellow and Professor in Infectious Diseases, School of Biosciences
Categories:
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
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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
Head of School becomes Chairman of Biochemical Society
Head of School becomes Chairman of Biochemical Society
Description
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
Description
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
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