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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.

New insights into the genetics of a beating heart

There is new hope for sufferers of heart defects as researchers have identified genes involved in the regulation of our heartbeat.  Normally electrical signals travel across the heart causing it to contract Read more »

Scientists find genetic influence on group dynamics

In today's world everyone is a member of one social group or another. These groups can be at work, university, school or in the family.How loyal a person behaves and feels towards their group can differ. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh launched a study to find out what is influencing individual performance within a group.
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