Biological Sciences

News 2021

All the news from 2021.

Bacteria serves tasty solution to global plastic problem

Scientists have devised a novel way of tackling the mounting issue of plastic pollution… by using bacteria to transform plastic waste into vanilla flavouring.

Coronavirus tracking its deadly tactics inside our cells

We know alarmingly little about the biological tricks that make this coronavirus so deadly. But scientists are beginning to piece together how the virus works once it has invaded our cells. Understanding this process could reveal new ways to tackle the infection and give us a head start against future coronavirus strains.

Loeske Kruuk awarded ERC Advanced Grant

Professor Loeske Kruuk, who will be joining the School of Biological Sciences later in 2021, has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, to study evolution in wild animal populations.

New high throughput cell-selection system to speed medical advances and research

Edinburgh Genome Foundry has invested in a cutting edge system, funded by a £2 million grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), that will speed advances in medicine and fast-track other areas of science.

Programming proteins to turn cells into molecular computers

A new method of breaking and fixing proteins could speed the development of sophisticated computer-like circuits in cells that will pave the way to new biotechnology and medical advances.

€2m boost for gene and cell therapy info hub

A new EU-funded project is set to provide accessible and reliable information about cell and gene-based therapies.