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Scotland to remain big in biology

This is the aim of the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA), which met, in Edinburgh, for the first time on Wednesday (10/6/2009).

Globalisation may increase parasite virulence

The results of a study, partly undertaken by the University of Edinburgh, were published in Nature last week, providing for the first time solid reasons for the increased susceptibility of larger host populations to the evolution of more virulent parasite strains "“ strains associated with greater mortality rates.

'Battle of the sexes starts before birth

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have shown that, in some cases, a "˜battle of the sexes' can take place within the womb.

Water the key to successful dating

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh, together with scientists at Manchester University, have developed a technique, termed "˜rehydroxylation dating', to date archaeological objects.

Could these genes be the Achilles heel for Sleeping sickness?

University of Edinburgh scientists have discovered a set of genes that could prove to be an Achilles heel for the parasite Trypansoma bruci, which causes sleeping sickness.What makes Trypansoma bruci so infectious is its ability to inhabit the tsetse fly, which, like a mobile syringe, facilitates its infection of the bloodstream.  In order to survive in both the tsetse fly and the bloodstream of a

Girl Geeks meet for community launch

Last Thursday (14th May), saw the launch of the Edinburgh Girl Geeks Dinners. Held at the University of Edinburgh, the dinner was a sold-out event that brought together the region's brightest women interested in and working in computing, creativity and technology.Girl Geek dinners started in London a few years ago and have now spread nationally, with an intention of growing internationally.

Call for submissions: Features and Advertising

EUSci Issue 4 is just around the corner, and we're seeking submissions of Features articles, which will be published in September. Pieces can be written by anyone in Edinburgh's science community, on any scientific subject, and should be in a non-technical style accessible to scientists from undergraduate level up, in all disciplines (see previous issues for examples).

EUSci Ceilidh is a massive success

Thank you to everyone who made the first EUSci Ceilidh a great success.  Apart from a small lighting problem, everything ran as smoothly as we hoped it would.  The band were excellent, and everyone's dancing equally so.Thank you to Norton House, Odeon Cinemas, Native State, Meadow Bar, Starbucks and Peter's Yard for kind donations.  Hundreds of raffle tickets were sold, so congratulations to the w

Climate changes birds breeding patterns

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, has revealed the effects climate change are having on the breeding patterns of a

Sleeping sickness: one step closer to a cure?

Researchers have made a discovery that might provide the next step in the fight against sleeping sickness.Sleeping sickness is a tropical disease, which- as the name suggests- causes great tiredness and often leads to death. The disease occurs predominantly in sub-saharan Africa and affects approximately 50,000 "“ 70,000 people.
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