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The Immunogenetics Group at The Pirbright Institute has identified the position and function of specific genes in the goat’s genetic code that are responsible for antibody production. Up until now, identifying and characterising the genes related to the immune system of animals, including humans, has been a great challenge. However, researchers at Pirbright have applied new methodologies to overcome this.
Feelings often run high where insects are concerned, with many people even squeamish to look at them, let alone touch or swallow them. And yet insects present a huge nutritional opportunity as an increasing global population seeks sustainable sources of food and feed.
A world-leading Norwich-based plant scientist, who receives funding from BBSRC, has been named as a 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science laureate. Professor Dame Caroline Dean OBE, from the John Innes Centre, received the prestigious award for her, “ground-breaking research on how plants adapt to their surroundings and climate change, leading to new ways for crop improvement.”