Biological Sciences

News 2020

All the news from 2020

Mistletoe under spotlight of major DNA study

It has been a frivolous part of Christmas festivities for centuries, but now scientists sense that untangling mistletoe’s complex make-up could lead to lasting benefits.

ERC Grant Success: School scientists awarded €4M in European funding

Projects led by Amy Buck and Steven Spoel have been awarded funding by the European Research Council (ERC) in its latest Consolidator Grant competition for mid-career researchers.

Algae superpowers could provide major boost to food security

The yields of vital food crops such as rice, wheat and soybean could be improved by equipping plants with proteins from algae to enhance their growth.

Start up boosted by funding to build low cost bioreactors

OGI Bio, a university of Edinburgh start-up company, is developing affordable and innovative solutions for automation and analysis of microbial culturing (bacteria, yeast or algae).

Scientists discover safeguard that protects blood’s ‘Fountain of Youth’

Scientists have made a breakthrough discovery of a key protein that supports the production of healthy blood cells throughout life by regulating the body’s inflammatory response.

High-value chemicals from biotech: School scientists awarded almost half a million pounds in UK Government funding

Pioneering researchers in the School of Biological Sciences will benefit from a £477,015 cash boost from the UK government to use cutting edge biotechnology to produce high-value chemicals.