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A new resource created by scientists at the Norwich Research Park is helping to uncover what makes certain strains of bacteria more dangerous than others. There are many different types of Salmonella bacteria, most of which have adapted to live in the guts of different animals, including humans, other mammals and birds.
Two BBSRC projects have been shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize, an annual £1 million fund awarded for the best research or innovation that promotes the economic development and social welfare of developing countries. Both projects involve research into rice.
“Very often the answers to big, important, long-debated questions seemed to lie in this material that was right under our noses”, says Dr Steve Ashby, “we just need to find the right techniques to extract it.” For Biology Week, we teamed-up with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to find out more about how modern biology is used in ancient history.