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2017

Editor's Choice award for paper

Posted on Thursday 7 December 2017

York ecologists receive 'Editor's Choice' award for paper encouraging more communication and collaboration on climate research

The battle between cancer and the immune system: who switches the off signals off?

Posted on Thursday 9 November 2017

Scientists have discovered key new information about how to boost our immune system's fight against cancer.

Green algae could hold clues for engineering faster-growing crops

Posted on Tuesday 3 October 2017

An international team, including Dr Luke Mackinder, have discovered more about how green algae grow so quickly.

York researcher awarded £1.2 million for new blood cancer research

Posted on Thursday 10 August 2017

A University of York scientist has been granted significant new funding from Cancer Research UK to carry out research into a specific kind of blood cancer.

York scientist to investigate how electrical charges help breast cancer spread

Posted on Thursday 27 July 2017

A leading scientist at the University of York is to investigate whether a change in the electrical voltage of breast cancer cells could be helping them to spread around the body.

Antibiotic resistance – gaining resistance is just the start

Posted on Thursday 27 July 2017

Scientists have discovered bacteria are able to “fine-tune” their resistance to antibiotics – raising the possibility of some superbugs being resistant to drugs which they have never even been in contact with.

York awarded major funding to tackle global challenges

Posted on Wednesday 26 July 2017

Researchers from across the University of York have been awarded major grants from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to tackle some of the most pressing issues around the world – including health care provision in Sub-Saharan Africa, reducing tobacco-related harm in Asia and combating neglected tropical diseases.

New book from York academic reveals how nature is fighting back

Posted on Wednesday 12 July 2017

An academic from the Department of Biology has written a new book that challenges us to look positively at the impact of humans on the natural world.

Skin plays significant role in spread of leishmaniasis

Posted on Tuesday 11 July 2017

Scientists at the University of York have discovered that parasites responsible for leishmaniasis - a globally occurring neglected tropical disease spread by sand flies – are mainly acquired from the skin rather than a person’s blood.

Climate change risk for rainfed rice cultivation

Posted on Wednesday 21 June 2017

New research at the University of York highlights the vulnerability of rainfed rice cultivation in India to climate change, which may put the livelihoods of low-income farmers at risk

New approach to unlock the genetic potential of plant cell wall

Posted on Monday 12 June 2017

Researchers from the University of York and the Quadram Institute have unlocked the genetic secrets of plant cell walls, which could help improve the quality of plant-based foods

Breakthrough in fight against neglected tropical disease

Posted on Friday 9 June 2017

Scientists say they have made a major breakthrough in the search for an effective vaccine for the neglected tropical disease leishmaniasis following the successful completion of a first in-human trial.

1976 drought revealed as worst on record for British butterflies and moths

Posted on Wednesday 31 May 2017

Scientists at the University of York have revealed that the 1976 drought is the worst extreme event to affect butterflies and moths in the 50 years since detailed records began.

Scientists say they are a step closer to solving chronic bladder diseases

Posted on Thursday 16 March 2017

Scientists have begun to unlock the genetic code to understand how the lining of the bladder functions as a barrier to store urine - paving the way for possible new treatments for chronic bladder diseases such as interstitial cystitis and cancer.

Properties behind cancer curing molecule

Posted on Tuesday 28 February 2017

Scientists at the Universities of York and Huddersfield have improved understanding of a molecule that destroys cancerous tumours without harming healthy cell tissue.

Cracking ‘Enigma code’ of common cold

Posted on Friday 24 February 2017

Scientists at the Universities of York, Leeds, and Helsinki say they are a step closer to cracking, what scientists have called, the 'Enigma Code' of the common cold virus.

Predator threat boosts friendships among guppies

Posted on Friday 3 February 2017

Danger from predators causes animals to form stronger friendships, according to new research.

New antibiotic for gonorrhoea

Posted on Wednesday 4 January 2017

Scientists at the University of York have harnessed the therapeutic effects of carbon monoxide-releasing molecules to develop a new antibiotic which could be used to treat the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea.

Could disease 'tolerance' genes give new life to UK ash trees?

Posted on Tuesday 3 January 2017

Professor Ian Bancroft and Dr Andrea Harper have identified genetic markers for disease tolerance that suggest UK ash trees may have a fighting chance against a lethal fungal infection.

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