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Plants evolved ability to actively control water-loss earlier than previously thought

Plants evolved ability to actively control water-loss earlier than previously thought
Description
New research has shed light on when plants first evolved the ability to respond to changing humidity in the air around them, and was probably a feature of a common ancestor of both flowering plants and ferns.
Date:
26/08/2021

Birmingham researchers confirm speed, simplicity and sensitivity for new COVID-19 test

Birmingham researchers confirm speed, simplicity and sensitivity for new COVID-19 test
Description
Researchers from the University of Birmingham have confirmed the speed, accuracy and simplicity of a novel, highly sensitive testing method for COVID-19.
Date:
17/08/2021

Food or sex? Fruit flies give insight into decision-making

Food or sex? Fruit flies give insight into decision-making
Description
Individuals are likely to prioritise food over sex after being deprived of both, according to researchers at the University of Birmingham, who studied this behavioural conflict in fruit flies.
Date:
05/08/2021

UK scientists designed world's most sophisticated COVID-19 sequencing system – here's how they did it

UK scientists designed world's most sophisticated COVID-19 sequencing system – here's how they did it
Description
New bioinformatics software and cloud computing approaches developed at the University of Birmingham, have enabled the UK's COVID-19 genome sequencing effort to be the most sophisticated in the world.
Date:
27/07/2021

Professor Gurdyal Besra FMedSci FRS to be new Microbiology Society President

Professor Gurdyal Besra FMedSci FRS to be new Microbiology Society President
Description
The Microbiology Society has announced that its new President will be Professor Gurdyal Besra FMedSci FRS from the University of Birmingham.
Date:
14/07/2021

Rapid evolution in waterfleas yields new conservation insights

Rapid evolution in waterfleas yields new conservation insights
Description
The extraordinary ability of animals to rapidly evolve in response to predators has been demonstrated via genetic sequencing of a water flea population across nearly two decades.
Date:
14/07/2021

New approach will help identify drugs that can 'glue' proteins together

New approach will help identify drugs that can 'glue' proteins together
Description
A new screening method that can test the effectiveness of therapeutic molecules designed to 'glue' proteins together in the body has been developed at the University of Birmingham and the University of Leicester.
Date:
07/07/2021

Evaluating the success of a network committed to the health of orangutans

Evaluating the success of a network committed to the health of orangutans
Description
One Health, the interdisciplinary approach to health in humans, animals and the environment, is increasingly being used as a tool in ecosystem protection.
Date:
24/05/2021
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