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Neuroregeneration: secrets of the zebrafish

You’ve probably seen zebrafish in tropical aquariums in doctors’ waiting rooms while you wait to be called in. Now these little critters are helping to advance modern neuroscience by showing scientists how our nerves protect themselves from damage. Read more »

An Audience With Peter Higgs

There are very few people who can say they have had a particle named after them. Professor Peter Higgs is one such person, and on Thursday evening this celebrated theoretical physicist talked to a sell out audience at the McEwan Hall in Edinburgh.

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Stem cells reach gold standard for drug development

Scientists from the Medical Research Council at the University of Edinburgh (UoE) have generated liver cells using stem cell technology. These generated liver cells achieved the high standards set by the pharmaceutical industry for drug safety testing allowing doctors to predict the applicability of developing treatments.  Read more »

The £25 machine that could save your life

A groundbreaking new medical treatment has been found to help prevent blood clots in stroke patients, with the potential to save thousands of lives every year.   Read more »

A tiny fly, a significant crop-killing pest

A tiny fly, with a wingspan of up 6.5mm, is advancing through Europe and North America with devastating effects on the fruit industry.  Read more »

400,000 year old CO2 reservoir in Utah reveals risks and rewards of Carbon Capture Storage

Carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere are rising. Rapidly. We’ve known this for a few years now, and ways to actively reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air seem to be few and far between. However, a 400,000 year old CO2 reservoir in Utah could hold some clues on how to lock our carbon emissions into the ground. Read more »

11th March- Renewable energy symposium: fundraising event for Fukushima

Join the Day After the Tsunami Committee and a host of researchers and political speakers for the Renewable Energy Symposium- taking place on the 11th March; the second anniversary of the nuclear tragedy in Fukushima. Read more »

New plastic bone scaffold provides grip for stem cell bone growth

We all know that breaking a bone becomes a more serious issue as we get older. For example, a sprightly young undergrad will probably bounce back within a couple of months whereas a more mature person (say, a PhD supervisor) might need a bit longer to recover*.  Read more »

Shetland at the heart of disease research

A grant of £600,000 has been awarded to scientists at the University of Edinburgh to support a project that, with a little help from the residents of Shetland, promises to unravel how our genes play a part in diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.  Read more »

New water-based gels provide life-line for stem cell growth

They are often heralded as the future of medicine and could soon be used in anything from transplant surgeries to determining which drugs will work best in our bodies, but growing stem cells in the lab still represents something of a challenge. Read more »

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