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An effective vaccine protecting against all nine strains of African Horse Sickness Virus is a step closer, according to new research published in the journal Vaccine. The study, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), used a type of vaccine that possesses all the benefits of a traditional vaccine with none of the associated risk factors.


Leading experts from the UK and in developing countries across the world are joining forces to tackle some of the most serious global challenges in a new multidisciplinary research programme launched today. In one of the most ambitious international research programmes ever created, £225 million has been invested across 37 interdisciplinary projects to address challenges in fields such as health, humanitarian crises, conflict, the environment, the economy, domestic violence, society, and technology.


A new University of Oxford collaboration called ‘Sitka Spruced’ could significantly increase the economic productivity of one of the UK’s largest crop yields, the Sitka spruce conifer tree. Using advanced genomic testing, scientists from the University of Oxford will work in partnership with The University of Edinburgh and Forest Research (an agency of the Forestry Commission) to identify rare individuals which combine fast growth-rate with good timber quality to improve the economics of Sitka spruce plantations in the UK.


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