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Mice that have a particular brain chemical switched off become hyperactive and sleep for just 65 per cent of their normal time. This discovery, published in the journal Neuron, could help researchers to develop new drugs that promote better sleep, or control hyperactivity in people with the medical condition mania.


BBSRC has awarded 15 research institutions around the UK a total of £1.5M to develop knowledge exchange activities and maximise impact from their research. The one-year Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAA) are being piloted to allow the institutions to quickly and flexibly identify and support opportunities for knowledge exchange and accelerate delivery of benefit from BBSRC investments in excellent bioscience.


Scientific experiments with the herpes virus strain that causes Marek's disease in poultry have shown, for the first time, that some types of vaccines allow for the evolution and survival of increasingly virulent versions of a virus that could put unvaccinated individuals at greater risk of severe illness. While many vaccines – such as common childhood vaccines – work perfectly, others could be improved.


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