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New Progress for Motor Neurone Disease Research

University of Edinburgh researchers are leading a study that will allow them to model motor neurone disease (MND) in the lab.The research, led by Professor Siddharthan Chandra at the University's Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease, focuses on the gene TDP-43 which is thought to be significant to more than 90 per cent of cases.TDP-43 is mutated in a small number of patients with the in

The fossils are on fire in predicting climate change

The probability of wildfire, and the effects of climate change, can now be better estimated using information decoded from fossils, a study by Edinburgh University colleagues has revealed.200 million years ago, plants that evolved narrower leaves began to dominate East Greenland flora due to a warmer climate, which correlated with an increase in atmospheric CO2 levels. Read more »

New hope for Hepatitis C patients

A new screening test offers the hope of improved treatment for Hepatitis C sufferers.

Commitment in an uncertain world - lessons from yeast

Even yeast cells have their share of romantic drama: not only must they choose who to mate with and when, but also they can opt for asexual reproduction. Researchers studying how yeast make these decisions have discovered a new chemical 'switch' involving a protein that also exists in people. Read more »

Plants as a global warming solution

Plants remain significant in combating global warming despite emitting methane, a University of Edinburgh research group claims.German scientists discovered in 2006 that green plants produce large quantities of methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide, through a biochemical pathway that was unknown back then.

Ageing - a positive perspective

A positive view of the process of ageing is depicted in an art exhibition at Edinburgh University.  Transformations "“ Life Portraits by Linda Kosciewicz depicts individuals involved in a major scientific study into the mental and physical aspects of ageing.The study group is comprised of the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936, a group of individuals who were born in 1936 and took part in the Scottish Ment

Birth weight and diabetes: a genetic dimension

Low birth weight is well known to be associated with a higher rate of type II diabetes in later life, most likely due to poor nutrition during pregnancy.

Scientists Putting 'em Under Pressure at The Big Squeeze Event

University of Edinburgh scientists will be creating ice with a melting point above 100°C and making diamonds from peanut butter; but these are not magic tricks, this is the world of high pressure research.At a meeting of experts in this field at the University's Informatics Forum, to be held on April 9th, the researchers will explain how the application of extremely high pressures can give materia

Football debut for Android FC to kick off Science Festival

A team of football playing robots are set to make their debut at the launch of this year's Edinburgh International Science festival.  Android FC consists of a team of three robots; a striker, a defender and a goalkeeper each two foot in height.
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