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New £2m lab to be built in Liverpool

A brand new £2 million laboratory is to be built by the University of Liverpool after it was awarded £2 million in funding specifically for the project. The education institution has confirmed the state-of-the-art DNA synthesis facility will now be constructed following a grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, as part of a funding scheme set up by universities and science minister David Willetts. Expertise already found …Read More

Chancellor commits more funds to scientific research

George Osborne has announced plans to commit more funds to scientific research in the UK. The chancellor outlined the government's intentions during his Autumn Statement speech yesterday (December 5th). He confirmed that £270 million would be spent on the development of cutting-edge quantum technology research – a process that uses complex quantum physics to create various practical applications – over a five-year period.  The UK economy has mounted a recovery …Read More

New technology enhances breast cancer detection

Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) can be used to improve breast cancer detection and reduce the number of patients who are called back for second screenings. New research conducted at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has shown that DBT technology could be more effective than conventional mammography. In some cases, standard screenings uncover "false-positive findings", or in other words, possible defects that are eventually confirmed as non-cancerous. …Read More

Advanced technology could aid stroke victims

New technology has been developed that could aid recovering stroke victims. The innovative device is designed to convert a patient's thoughts into electrical impulses that can help the person move parts of their upper body. It has been tested in the US and the results of the study have been presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. Researchers have essentially paired a functional electrical stimulation system …Read More

X-ray lasers can generate 3D protein models

Researchers have hailed the results of a recent international study that showed X-ray lasers can be used to map out the structure of various proteins from scratch. The team conducted the lion's share of their work at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, where they discovered the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser and sophisticated computer analysis tools could be used to generate a 3D model of …Read More

Patients should have earlier access to drugs, Expert Group says

Innovative medicines should be made available to patients at the earliest possible stage. This is according to the Expert Group on Innovation in the Regulation of Healthcare and the body wants to see an acceleration in the distribution of drugs if there is an unmet medical need. Legal flexibilities already exist in this area, but it does not believe they are being used effectively.  Instead, the Expert Group thinks the …Read More

Brain technology could aid the recovery of stroke victims

New technology that relies on 'virtual reality hands' could help stroke survivors regain the use of their limbs. A small scale study has been carried out by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and it suggests a brain-computer interface can help the physically impaired make a better recovery.  Presented as part of the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013, the investigation sought to ascertain how important it is for people …Read More

New drug development technique could be revolutionary

Scientists may have come up with a new technique that has the potential to revolutionise the drug development process. A team of researchers from the UK, US and Italy have honed a process that enables them to engineer specific functions into a protein. Led by experts at the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and Department of Biochemistry at the University of Leicester, the group have proven the new system works by …Read More

Scientists to benefit from new cancer database

Scientists looking for new cancer treatments will soon be able to take advantage of a new database. The CanSAR system will make 1.7 billion experimental results available to researchers in one easy-to-access location. Special technology will also be used to try to predict potential targets for anti-cancer drugs in the future.  One of the main benefits of the scheme is that it will let scientists from different countries work together …Read More

New technology helps scientists assess ‘junk DNA’

Scientists have made a significant breakthrough that enables them to analyse an entire genome for the first time, which in turn means they can discover the cause of a genetic disease dubbed 'junk DNA'.   Teams led by the University of Exeter Medical School and Imperial College London carried out a comprehensive study that found junk DNA is most commonly the result of mutations that occur in a newly identified …Read More