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Biology to play key role in industry-academia networks

Posted on Friday 20 December 2013

The Biology Department at York is set to play a major role in three networks in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy designed to boost interaction between academia and industry.

Grant boost for high impact CNAP research

Posted on Thursday 12 December 2013

The Department of Biology’s Centre for Novel Agricultural Products has been awarded £10 million to fund research projects that have the potential to make a significant impact in both agriculture and the search for alternatives to fossil fuels.

Combination therapy could lead to reduction in prostate cancer recurrence

Posted on Wednesday 13 November 2013

Prostate cancer patients who receive radiotherapy could soon be treated more effectively, according to research published today in the British Journal of Cancer.

Researchers uncover origins of cattle farming in China

Posted on Friday 8 November 2013

An international team of researchers, co-led by scientists at the University of York and Yunnan Normal University, has produced the first multi-disciplinary evidence for management of cattle populations in northern China, around the same time cattle domestication took place in the Near East, over 10,000 years ago.

Nature network hope for birds threatened by climate change

Posted on Monday 4 November 2013

New research involving a University of York academic provides strong evidence that internationally important British bird populations are being affected by climate change, which could threaten their long-term conservation status.

Frontotemporal dementia insight from fruit flies

Posted on Monday 4 November 2013

The Yorkshire Post reports on work from the Sweeney Lab that provides insight into the mechanisms underlying frontotemporal dementia.

Researchers show how plants tell the time

Posted on Thursday 24 October 2013

Plants use sugars to tell the time of day, according to research involving a University of York scientist which is published in Nature today.

Killer whales may have menopause so ‘grandma can look after the kids’

Posted on Friday 18 October 2013

University of York researchers are playing a key role in a project investigating why killer whales continue to live long after they have stopped reproducing.

York scientist urges us to ‘embrace new invaders’

Posted on Thursday 3 October 2013

A University of York scientist claims that invasive species such as Himalayan balsam and rhododendron should be welcomed to Britain rather than reviled. At least, they should not be hated simply because they are alien, he says.

Little changes – large effects

Posted on Monday 2 September 2013

Scientists at the University of York have discovered that very small chemical changes to dietary flavonoids cause very large effects when the plant natural products are tested for their impact on the human immune system.

York scientists to test plants as natural pest controls

Posted on Thursday 8 August 2013

Scientists at the University of York are part of a £3 million research initiative announced by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Scottish Government to fund four projects aimed at improving food security for some of the world’s most important crops.

UK's agricultural resilience strengthened by new initiative in York

Posted on Monday 22 July 2013

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) and the University of York have today announced a new joint venture: an Initiative in Agrifood Resilience. This announcement comes on the same day as the Government launches its new UK Agri-Technology Strategy, which sets out how investment will back the technologies of the future allowing our agricultural industries to grow and flourish.

York professor to champion the role of women in science – from a soapbox

Posted on Friday 5 July 2013

A Professor of Ecology from the University of York will step on to a soapbox in London this week to highlight the role of women in science.

York scientists receive £160,000 award to investigate cancer-associated gene

Posted on Tuesday 2 July 2013

SCIENTISTS at the University of York have been awarded £160,000 by the charity Yorkshire Cancer Research to further investigate a gene that could play a key role in causing cancer.

Protected areas provide African birds with stepping stones to survival

Posted on Monday 24 June 2013

The protected area network in Tanzania is playing a vital role in the survival of savannah bird species as they move west in response to climate and environmental changes, according to new research led by the University of York.

To germinate, or not to germinate, that is the question

Posted on Tuesday 11 June 2013

Scientists at the University of York have uncovered new insights into the way seeds use gene networks to control when they germinate in response to environmental signals.

How the wood-eating gribble could help turn waste into biofuel

Posted on Wednesday 5 June 2013

Scientists, led by Professor Simon McQueen-Mason and Professor Neil Bruce at the University of York, have discovered a new enzyme that could prove an important step in the quest to turn waste, such as paper, scrap wood and straw, into liquid fuel.

Standing up for Science

Posted on Monday 20 May 2013

Erica Kintz, postroctoral fellow in the Van der Woude lab in the CII, wrote an informative summary of the workshop "Standing up for Science" that she attended in November 2012, for the members journal of the Society of General Microbiology (Microbiology Today; February 2013).

Cizzle Biotech secures partnership with Fujirebio Diagnostics Incorporated to develop lung cancer test

Posted on Monday 13 May 2013

Cizzle Biotechnology Limited, a spin-out company from the University of York and leading clinical diagnostics company Fujirebio Diagnostics Incorporated (FDI) have today announced a co-development and licensing deal for a blood test for the detection of early stage lung cancers.

Teaching and Research Quality Rewarded

Posted on Wednesday 8 May 2013

The Vice-Chancellor's Awards for 2013 have recognised the high quality of a range of activities in Biology this year.

Science of the lambs: Heritage gene bank nurtures native sheep

Posted on Friday 3 May 2013

In early 2001, during the darkest days of the Foot and Mouth epidemic, Professor Dianna Bowles, former Director of the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products at the University of York and part-time sheep farmer, received an unexpected phone call from a farmer in Cumbria.

Innovative York students look for local business support

Posted on Friday 26 April 2013

A team of undergraduate Biology students at the University of York is developing a bacteria powered electrical battery as part of a global synthetic biology competition.

Scientists throw new light on DNA copying process

Posted on Thursday 18 April 2013

Research led by a scientist at the University of York has thrown new light on the way breakdowns in the DNA copying process inside cells can contribute to cancer and other diseases.

Protected wildlife areas are 'welcome mats' for UK's bird newcomers

Posted on Wednesday 17 April 2013

A new study by scientists at the University of York and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) shows that bird species which have colonised the UK in recent decades breed initially almost exclusively in nature reserves and other areas specially protected for wildlife.

Plants let chloroplasts know the time

Posted on Friday 15 March 2013

Plant cells communicate information about the time of day to their chloroplasts, the part of their cells that underpins all agricultural productivity on Earth, according to new research involving three University of York students which is published today in Science.

Anniversary double-take at YESI launch

Posted on Thursday 28 February 2013

YESI Launch event

Major investment in new microscope technologies

Posted on Wednesday 20 February 2013

A project to drive forward the understanding of key biological processes by developing new microscope technologies has received a £2m funding boost.

Research uncovers a potential link between Parkinson’s and visual problems

Posted on Monday 18 February 2013

Research uncovers a potential link between Parkinson’s and visual problems

New academic appointments in Plant Biology

Posted on Tuesday 12 February 2013

The Department of Biology will be welcoming new colleagues to its research focus in Plant Biology over the next few months.

Congratulations to Biology Graduates

Posted on Friday 25 January 2013

Biology Graduation was on Friday 25th January, 3.30pm

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