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2015

Major new funding for industrial biotechnology

Posted on Tuesday 8 December 2015

Scientists at the University of York are to benefit from major Government funding for new industrial biotechnology and bioenergy research.

High-value applications for rapeseed oil

Posted on Thursday 3 December 2015

A team of researchers, including biologists from the University of York, are a step closer to producing a biodegradable lubricant made from a new type of oilseed rape.

Enhanced detection of Parkinson's

Posted on Wednesday 25 November 2015

New research by biologists at the University of York could lead to improved methods of detection for early-onset Parkinson's Disease (PD).

Moth and butterfly species respond differently to climate change

Posted on Monday 2 November 2015

New research led by ecologists at the University of York shows that certain species of moths and butterflies are becoming more common, and others rarer, as species differ in how they respond to climate change.

Developing the tools to find new generation antibiotics

Posted on Friday 16 October 2015

Scientists at the University of York have taken an important step in the search to find new antibiotics that are effective against resistant bacteria.

Re-thinking plant and insect diversity

Posted on Tuesday 13 October 2015

New research by biologists at the University of York shows that plant and insect diversity is more loosely linked than scientists previously believed.

New treatment for prostate condition

Posted on Tuesday 13 October 2015

An unexpected discovery by scientists at the University of York could potentially pave the way for new treatments for benign enlargement of the prostate, a condition which affects more than 200 million men worldwide.

Potential new diagnosis and therapy for breast cancer

Posted on Monday 12 October 2015

Scientists at the University of York, using clinical specimens from charity Breast Cancer Now's Tissue Bank, have conducted new research into a specific sodium channel that indicates the presence of cancer cells and affects tumour growth rates.

Ecological route to plant disease control

Posted on Friday 25 September 2015

New research involving a scientist at the University of York has revealed a potential natural defence against invasive pathogens which damage food crops across the world.

Biodiversity & carbon co-benefits to improve sustainable palm oil

Posted on Wednesday 23 September 2015

A new report by the Science-Policy Partnership Network, led by the University of York, provides important new information to conserve biodiversity and facilitate more sustainable palm oil production.

Ants on the march in non-native conifer forests

Posted on Tuesday 8 September 2015

A species of ant is thriving in habitats created by thousands of acres of coniferous forest planted in a UK National Park in the last 60 years, according to new research by scientists from the Department of Biology at the University of York and Forest Research, the Forestry Commission's research agency.

Secrets of a heat-loving microbe

Posted on Tuesday 8 September 2015

Scientists studying how a heat-loving microbe transfers its DNA from one generation to the next say it could further our understanding of an extraordinary superbug.

Fighting explosives pollution with plants

Posted on Tuesday 8 September 2015

Biologists at the University of York have taken an important step in making it possible to clean millions of hectares of land contaminated by explosives.

How newts can help osteoarthritis patients

Posted on Thursday 20 August 2015

Scientists at the University of York have taken a leaf out of Nature's book in an attempt to develop effective stem cell treatment for osteoarthritis, a condition which affects millions of people in the UK alone.

Fast-track to clinical trials for new Parkinson's treatment

Posted on Monday 10 August 2015

Researchers at the University of York have played a key role in research which has found a potential new use for a drug used for decades to treat liver disease in treatment to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease.

Birds, bugs and blanket bogs – an entire eco-system under threat

Posted on Friday 31 July 2015

Several rare upland bird species are being put at risk together with other ecosystem functions by the effects of climate change on the UK's blanket bogs, ecologists at the University of York have discovered.

Prostate cancer - why some tumours are resistant to radiotherapy

Posted on Friday 24 July 2015

Scientists believe they have identified how some tiny regulatory molecules in cells can make prostate cancers resistant to radiotherapy.

Genetic discovery uncovers key tool for morphine production in poppies

Posted on Monday 29 June 2015

Scientists at the University of York and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia have made a key genetic discovery in poppies, paving the way for more effective painkillers.

Ecologists suggest African vultures heading towards extinction

Posted on Thursday 25 June 2015

An international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of York, the University of St Andrews and the Hawk Conservancy Trust, say African vultures are likely to qualify as 'Critically Endangered' under the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) global threat criteria.

All change for bacterial outer membrane proteins

Posted on Thursday 11 June 2015

The discovery of how a group of bacteria rapidly adapts to changing growth conditions could have implications for future antibiotic development, according to research at the University of Oxford and the University of York.

Stem cell discovery paves way for targeted treatment for osteoarthritis

Posted on Wednesday 10 June 2015

Scientists at the University of York have made a significant advance that could make cell-based treatments for arthritis less of a lottery.

'Vampire' plants can have positive impacts up the food chain

Posted on Friday 5 June 2015

New research has revealed that parasitic 'vampire' plants that attach onto and derive nutrients from another living plant may benefit the abundance and diversity of surrounding vegetation and animal life.

Conservation theory gets mathematical treatment

Posted on Monday 1 June 2015

Theories used for the last four decades as a tool to guide the conservation of flora and fauna may have misinterpreted the biological reality, according to new research by mathematicians at the University of York.

Mapping poaching threats: new method

Posted on Tuesday 26 May 2015

Ecologists from the University of York, together with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), have developed a new method to better identify where poachers operate in protected areas.

Research plugs knowledge gap in parasitic disease's infection path

Posted on Tuesday 26 May 2015

Biologists at the University of York have played a key role in research that has increased the understanding of one of the world's deadliest diseases.

Social structure 'helps birds avoid a collision course'

Posted on Tuesday 26 May 2015

The sight of skilful aerial manoeuvring by flocks of Greylag geese to avoid collisions with York's Millennium Bridge intrigued mathematical biologist Dr Jamie Wood.

York's anti-malarial plant given Chinese approval

Posted on Monday 27 April 2015

A new hybrid plant used in anti-malarial drug production, developed by scientists at the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP), is now registered as a new variety in China.

New treatment for prostate cancer

Posted on Monday 13 April 2015

Scientists at the University of York have discovered a potential new treatment for prostate cancer using low temperature plasmas (LTPs).

Flowers bloom earlier in a warming climate

Posted on Tuesday 7 April 2015

Scientists at the University of York have discovered why the first buds of spring come increasingly earlier as the climate changes.

Bacterial genetic pathway in body odour production

Posted on Tuesday 31 March 2015

For many, body odour is an unfortunate side effect of their daily lives.

Non-native plants are 'not a threat' to floral diversity

Posted on Tuesday 24 March 2015

New research by scientists at the University of York has shown that non-native plants are not a threat to floral diversity in Britain.

Research identifies novel steps in Dementia progression

Posted on Monday 23 March 2015

Research by biologists at the University of York has identified new mechanisms potentially driving progression of an aggressive form of dementia.

Protein the clue to solving a Darwinian mystery

Posted on Thursday 19 March 2015

Scientists at the University of York provided the key to solving the evolutionary puzzle surrounding what Charles Darwin called the 'strangest animals ever discovered'.

Targeting one enzyme is the key to tackling two tropical diseases

Posted on Monday 16 March 2015

A way to combat malaria developed by scientists at Imperial College London and the University of York may also be effective against the deadly tropical disease leishmaniasis, new research has shown.

York scientists question tropical protected areas' role under climate change

Posted on Monday 16 March 2015

New research led by University of York scientists highlights how poor connectivity of protected area (PA) networks in Southeast Asia may prevent lowland species from responding to climate change.

Old mothers know best: killer whale study sheds light on the evolution of menopause

Posted on Friday 6 March 2015

A new study led by scientists at the Universities of York and Exeter shows that female killer whales survive after menopause because they help their family members find food during hard times. This research provides insight into why women continue to live long after they can no longer have children.

Bacteria 'hotwire their genes' to fix a faulty motor

Posted on Friday 27 February 2015

Researchers at the University of York are part of a team of scientists that has discovered how bacteria can restart their 'outboard motor' by hotwiring their own genes.

Dr Allison Green wins Diabetes UK award

Posted on Wednesday 11 February 2015

CII investigator, Dr E Allison Green, has been awarded £250,000 by Diabetes UK to investigate the contributions of thymic B cells in the development of Type 1 Diabetes.

Scientists discover viral 'Enigma machine'

Posted on Tuesday 10 February 2015

Researchers at the University of York are part of a team which has cracked a code that governs infections by a major group of viruses including the common cold and polio.

Researchers find potential anti-cancer use for anti-epilepsy drug

Posted on Tuesday 27 January 2015

Scientists have discovered that a drug used widely to combat epilepsy has the potential to reduce the growth and spread of breast cancer.

Understanding the personalities of bacteria

Posted on Wednesday 14 January 2015

Bacteria are as individual as people, according to new research by Professor Peter Young and his team in the Department of Biology. Bacteria are essential to health, agriculture and the environment, and new research tools are starting to shed more light on them.

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