In the News - April 2012

Posted on 11 April 2012

Summary of Department of Biology news on April

26th March-1st April

domain-b reported on research co-authored by Professor Phil Ineson (Biology) which found that plants may absorb more carbon dioxide than previously thought.

Dr Simon Baker (Biology) was interviewed at the University’s Jack Birch Unit by BBC Breakfast News about the Unit’s research into how the drug ketamine causes damage to the bladder and the disease process.  The interview was part of a report on the dangers of ketamine abuse.

The Press reported on preparations for the annual York prostate cancer fun run, the proceeds of which go to Professor Norman Maitland’s work at the Cancer Research Unit.

Hull Daily Mail reported that some of the University’s laboratories are being used to examine specimens of freshwater wildlife collected in Pocklington Canal.

2nd-8th April

MSNBC and Yahoo! News reported on research by graduate student Andrew Suggitt on the possibility of butterflies moving to more shaded areas to adapt to warmer temperatures.

9th-15th April

Net Doctor , Health Canal , Bioscience Technology , Scientist Live , Innovations Report , OnMedica , Red Orbit , News Medical , FDA News , MediLexicon and Medical News Today reported on research led by Professor Jennifer Potts (Biology) which offers new clues to prevent infection in cardiac devices.

Professor Alastair Fitter (Biology) gave an interview to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Yahoo! , the Tehran Times and Sierra Daily reported on research by Andrew Suggitt (Biology) on how butterflies adapt to climate change.

16th-22nd April

The Mail on Sunday reported on new embryo selection technology based on research by Professor Henry Leese (Biology and Hull York Medical School).

Science Daily , AG Professional , Bio-Medicine and Scientist Live reported on research by York’s Department of Biology and Cornell University in the USA which reveals novel targets for aphid insecticides.

Ancient Digger referenced research, by a team including Professor Michi Hofreiter (Biology), using ancient DNA to shed new light on the realism of horses depicted in prehistoric cave paintings.

The Press reported on research led by Professor Jennifer Potts (Biology) which offers new clues to prevent infection in cardiac devices.

23rd-29th April

The Daily Mirror, Medical Industry Week and Metro reported on new embryo selection technology based on research by Professor Henry Leese (Biology and Hull York Medical School).

AgroTimes reported on new research led by Dr Gavin Thomas (Biology) which reveals potential new targets for aphid-specific insecticides.

Professor Chris Thomas (Biology) was interviewed on BBC Radio York about being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. The Press reported on the election of Professor Chris Thomas (Biology) to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.