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Safe to develop ‘wonder’ material, trial shows

A revolutionary nanomaterial with huge potential to tackle multiple global challenges could be developed further without acute risk to human health, research suggests.

Historical musical innovator awarded science prize

A researcher who uses gaming technology to recreate historical music performances has won the University’s annual prize for raising public interest in science.

Trust in NHS advice key to Covid vaccine uptake

People’s trust in the NHS was linked to increased uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine during the pandemic, a study suggests.

Game changing gene therapies focus of £14m research hub

The University is set to establish a new research and innovation hub focused on developing gene therapies to help treat or cure disease.

England’s oldest became frailer during austerity

Walking frame in corridor of nursing home with windows on left hand side and a closed door at the end of the corridor
The speed at which England’s oldest adults became frailer accelerated during the UK Government’s era of austerity politics, according to a new study.

Virus ancestry could help predict next pandemic

Graphic of world map displaying pandemic outbreak hot spots in red
Virus family history could help scientists identify which strains have potential to become the so-called Disease X that causes the next global pandemic.

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