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All the news from 2018

The faults in our RNA

DNA has long been in the spotlight. Faulty genes are responsible for diseases that continue to evade the best that medicine can throw at them. But less attention is paid to problems with its final products, the proteins that are produced in huge numbers after genetic instructions are read and acted on. When protein production goes wrong, the consequences can be as devastating as faulty genes. To tackle this our cells have a sophisticated quality control process that kicks into action to clear up the mess. Yet we know little about how this works. The answers not only offer insights into one of the most fundamental processes of life, but could help to reveal the connections with a growing list of diseases.

City gardens help pollinating insects to thrive, study shows

Gardens and allotments in towns and cities are a haven for insects that help plants to flourish, research has shown

School Success in Student Experience Grants

The School of Biological Sciences received two Student Experience Grants in the autumn 2018 round of applications.

Improved stem cell approach could aid fight against Parkinson’s

Scientists have taken a key step towards improving an emerging class of treatments for Parkinson’s disease.

Stem cell tool to repair joints offers hope to osteoarthritis patients

Patients with osteoarthritis could be set to benefit from an inventive stem cell technique being tested by doctors.

Insight into cause of rare disorder may aid quest for treatments

Fresh discoveries about a rare genetic disorder that affects mainly boys may inform the development of therapies to treat the condition.