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Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have highlighted nature’s flair for producing new types of flowers

DNA from wild evergreen rhododendrons from the Himalayas were analysed in the study. The results suggested that hundreds of species could be made by cross-breeding different species. The rich biodiversity seen in the natural world may be explained by this research, as it shows how random plant pairings millions of years ago has led to the development of the interesting species of today. Read more »

Scientists get insight into malaria resistances

Every year around 250 million people are infected by malaria. Of those, 863,000 people die because the parasite has become resistant to most of the available drugs. In many parts of the world, the only drug that is still effective is artemisinin, a plant-based remedy. However, there are signs that resistance against artemisinin is increasing. Read more »

Study unravels DNA packaging to provide insights into cell renewal

University scientists have shed light on how DNA is compacted in dividing cells, a discovery which will help understand how cell renewal can fail. Read more »

Amateur mountaineers take unnecessary risks

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, is becoming more and more popular amongst amateur climbers. Of those 25,000 climbers who crest the summit each year, the majority do not know enough about the risks of altitude sickness, which is potentially lethal in some cases. Read more »

Forecasting damage caused by water and climate change on historic buildings

Maintenance of historic buildings can now become easier as a result of work by engineers at the University of Edinburgh. They have developed a method to forecast damage caused to stone and brick monuments by the weather. Read more »

Malaria out of rhythm

The parasite which causes malaria is affected by jet lag according to new research results.Malaria is spread by the bite of a mosquito which carries the malaria parasites.

New study shows MS damage may be reversible

It may be possible to reverse the damage cause by multiple sclerosis, according to a new study from researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh.In a normal brain, myelin sheaths, which protect nerve fibres, are naturally regenerated.  However, in the brain of a MS sufferer the myelin is not replaced after injury.  As a result nerve fibres are left vulnerable to damage.& Read more »

How sunlight shapes daily rhythms in plants

Circadian rhythms "“ the daily activity cycle in plants and most living things "“ influence many biological functions that vary throughout the day.

Testing genetic family history

A genetic test to reveal the diversity within person's ancestors has been developed by researchers at the University of Edinburgh. Individual DNA was shown to record a historical archive of the ancestral origins, if the ancestors were members of small, isolated communities or large, cosmopolitan populations. Furthermore, it is possible to determine if the ancestors were related in any way, i.e.

Fire forecast could help to save lives

Today's firefighters have to rely on their instinct and experience when they tackle a fire within a building. However, if they knew how the fire would develop it would be possible to fight it in a more efficient and safer way. A recent development by a research group from the University of Edinburgh could bring this solution.
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