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Enigmatic gene critical for a healthy brain

19-Apr-2018

Since the human genome was first sequenced in 2001, scientists have puzzled over swathes of our DNA that despite apparently lacking function are made into ribonucleic acid (RNA) by the cell. Why make RNA at all when it is not then used to make proteins, which perform fundamental biological tasks? ...

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ALS-linked protein's journey into nervous system cells more complex than we thought

02-Mar-2018

University of Bath scientists have developed a better understanding of a key protein associated with brain diseases including ALS (motor neurone disease) and dementia by studying how it enters central nervous system cells. Researchers from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry studied how ...

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Complex inhalers prevent patients from taking medicine

27-Feb-2018

Respiratory disease patients with arthritis could struggle to manage their conditions because their inhalers are too fiddly for them to use, University of Bath research has found. Medical professionals should check that patients with respiratory diseases and rheumatoid arthritis can use their ...

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Plastic made of sugar and carbon dioxide

15-Jun-2017

Some biodegradable plastics could in the future be made using sugar and carbon dioxide, replacing unsustainable plastics made from crude oil, following research by scientists from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath. Polycarbonate is used to make ...

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New sun cream compound offers unprecedented protection against UVA radiation

22-Jul-2016

A new wonder compound developed by University of Bath scientists in collaboration with King’s College London offers unprecedented protection against the harmful effects of UVA radiation in sunlight, which include photo-ageing, cell damage and cancer. Most sunscreens on the market protect well ...

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Smaller, cheaper microbial fuel cells turn urine into electricity

17-Mar-2016

A new kind of fuel cell that can turn urine into electricity could revolutionize the way we produce bioenergy, particularly in developing countries. The research describes a new design of microbial fuel cell that's smaller, cheaper and more powerful than traditional ones. The world's supply of ...

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£4.4m grant to develop a yeast alternative to palm oil

Universities of Bath and York are aiming to produce an alternative to palm oil

07-Dec-2015

The Bath research team, which includes experts from the University's Departments of Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Biology & Biochemistry, has teamed up with the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York and industry partners Croda, C-TECH and AB Agri, to ...

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Researchers Identify “Naïve-Like” Human Stem Cells

20-Oct-2014

In their search for the earliest possible stage of development of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) that still have the potential to develop into any types of body cells and tissue, researchers from the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch, Germany, and the University of ...

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Making the good much better against cancer

11-Mar-2014

Tubulin, the building-block protein of cellular microtubules, is a well-validated cancer drug target: Disrupting tubulin polymerization affects cytoskeletal function and thus cell division. The vinca alkaloids, taxanes, and other taxane site binders have found wide therapeutic application and ...

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New mathematical theory says small organisms may not form species

25-Jul-2013

A new mathematical theory from the University of Bath is challenging one of the most basic ideas of biology - that the concept of a ‘species’ applies to all creatures. In a paper, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biology, an interdisciplinary team of scientists, including ...

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