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2014

Mother knows best: how seeds recognise the seasons

Posted on Wednesday 17 December 2014

Scientists at the University of York have played a key role in new research into the way 'mother' plants use their memory of the seasons to teach their seeds the most advantageous time to germinate.

Richard III – case closed after 529 years

Posted on Wednesday 3 December 2014

An international research team provides overwhelming evidence that the skeleton discovered under a car park in Leicester represents the remains of King Richard III, closing what is probably the UK's oldest forensic case.

Research sows the seeds of improved diet

Posted on Friday 28 November 2014

Scientists in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) at the University of York are part of a major research project launched today to help provide improved crops for the future.

Researchers discover evidence of earliest domestic chickens

Posted on Tuesday 25 November 2014

An international research team has found the earliest evidence for chicken domestication to date.

Researchers discover new target for blood cancer treatment

Posted on Tuesday 11 November 2014

Scientists at the University of York have identified a therapeutic target which could lead to the development of new treatments for specific blood cancers.

Research partnership is key to biodiversity conservation

Posted on Tuesday 4 November 2014

A new policy paper led by University of York scientists, in partnership with Proforest, aims to increase awareness among researchers of the High Conservation Value (HCV) approach to safeguarding ecosystems and species.

York academics reveal new findings about insect diversification

Posted on Friday 3 October 2014

Biologists from the University of York have compiled two new datasets on insect evolution, revealing that metamorphosing insects diversify more quickly than other insects and are therefore the biggest contributors to the evolution of insect diversity.

Plant variants point the way to improved biofuel production

Posted on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Manufacturing biofuels from food crop by-products such as straw could be made quicker and cheaper thanks to a new study led by scientists at the University of York.

New approach aims to silence cancer 'survival genes'

Posted on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Scientists at the University of York are working on a promising new approach for tackling colorectal cancer, the second most common cause of cancer-related death.

New insights into why adolescents carry meningitis-causing bacteria

Posted on Tuesday 5 August 2014

University of York scientists have shed new light on why teenagers and young adults are particularly susceptible to meningitis and septicaemia.

Mechanism of plants' ticking clock

Posted on Tuesday 29 July 2014

Scientists from the University of York are part of an international team of researchers who have made a significant step in discovering the genetic mechanisms that plants use to fight for light.

Research points to new therapies for bladder cancer

Posted on Friday 11 July 2014

A University of York scientist has played a key role in research that could help to improve the treatment of muscle-invasive bladder cancer, one of the most common cancers, particularly among men.

Butterflies show how patterns evolve on the wing

Posted on Monday 7 July 2014

A handful of highly specific genetic "switches" can control a kaleidoscopic diversity of colours and wing patterns in butterflies, scientists will demonstrate at this year's Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

York scientists' role in genome sequence lays foundation for better cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli

Posted on Friday 23 May 2014

Scientists at the University of York have contributed to a new study which represents a significant step forward in understanding the molecular processes which underpin the evolution of genomes in Brassica species.

Bird invaders 'moving in' to UK's nature reserves

Posted on Wednesday 14 May 2014

A new study by scientists at the University of York and the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science has demonstrated that nature reserves and other areas specially protected for wildlife, as well as being vital for native species, are very important for helping European birds to expand their ranges into Britain naturally. The catch is that protected areas are also at increasing risk of invasion by species that have been introduced from further afield.

Research shows how plant welfare is improved by fungi in soil

Posted on Monday 12 May 2014

A University of York biologist is part of an international team of scientists that has discovered how plants use fungi to help them to gather vital nutrients from the soil.

How bacteria exploit proteins to trigger potentially lethal infections

Posted on Tuesday 6 May 2014

New research by scientists at the University of York sheds light on how bacteria exploit human proteins during infections.

York researchers to develop better therapies for osteoarthritis by rejuvenating old stem cells

Posted on Friday 25 April 2014

Researchers at the University of York are aiming to develop better therapies for the painful condition of osteoarthritis by rejuvenating old stem cells and using them to repair cartilage damage.

The Tsetse fly genome: unlocking the secrets of a blood-sucking insect

Posted on Friday 25 April 2014

Scientists at the University of York are part of an international team of researchers that has sequenced and analysed the genome of the tsetse fly, the blood-sucking insect that is the source of sleeping sickness which kills thousands of people every year.

Breast cancer replicates brain development process

Posted on Thursday 24 April 2014

New research led by a scientist at the University of York reveals that a process that forms a key element in the development of the nervous system may also play a pivotal role in the spread of breast cancer.

Ash research reveals first genetic clues to fight dieback

Posted on Tuesday 18 March 2014

Scientists collaborating on ash dieback research can reveal the first genetic clues that could help them identify and breed trees tolerant to the disease.

Species conservation poised to benefit from DNA advances

Posted on Tuesday 25 February 2014

A biologist at the University of York is part of an international team which has shown that advanced DNA sequencing technologies can be used to accurately measure the levels of inbreeding in wild animal populations.

Researchers shed new light on the genetic history of the European beaver

Posted on Tuesday 18 February 2014

An international team of scientists has used detailed analysis of ancient and modern DNA to show that the distribution and lack of genetic diversity among modern European beavers is due largely to human hunting.

Prostate development discovery could lead to new treatments

Posted on Tuesday 11 February 2014

Scientists at the University of York have discovered how the prostate gland develops for the first time, according to research published in Cell Press.

Oil composition boost makes hemp a cooking contender

Posted on Monday 10 February 2014

Scientists at the University of York report the development of hemp plants with a dramatically increased content of oleic acid. The new oil profile results in an attractive cooking oil that is similar to olive oil in terms of fatty acid content having a much longer shelf life as well as greater heat tolerance and potentially more industrial applications.

Scientists shine spotlight on Herdwicks’ origins

Posted on Thursday 30 January 2014

A new study highlights surprising differences between Herdwick sheep and their closest neighbouring UK upland breeds.

Methylation in prostate cancer

Posted on Friday 24 January 2014

New drugs being developed for the treatment of prostate cancer may not be targeting the root cause of the disease, according to research published today (Friday, 24 January 2014) in Cell Death & Differentiation.

Study reveals the role of sex in spread of deadly disease

Posted on Friday 17 January 2014

Research involving scientists at the University of York has provided important new information about transmission of human leishmaniasis, a group of infectious diseases which kills more than 100,000 people a year.

Launch of new network to improve sustainable palm oil production

Posted on Monday 13 January 2014

Biologists from the University of York are part of a new knowledge exchange network to broaden the base of scientific data to inform policy on sustainable palm oil production in South-East Asia.

Population stability ‘hope’ in species’ response to climate change

Posted on Tuesday 7 January 2014

Stable population trends are a prerequisite for species’ range expansion, according to new research led by scientists at the University of York.

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