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The Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, has announced the appointment of Professor Melanie Welham as interim Chief Executive of BBSRC. She will take over from Prof Jackie Hunter who is leaving BBSRC at the end of February.


Leading global health bodies including academic journals, NGOs, research funders and institutes, have committed to sharing data and results relevant to the current Zika crisis and future public health emergencies as rapidly and openly as possible. Organisations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Médecins Sans Frontières, the US National Institute of Health and the Wellcome Trust, along with leading academic journals including Nature, Science and the New England Journal of Medicine, have signed a joint declaration and hope that other bodies will come on board in the coming weeks.


An international team of scientists has for the first time shown that mitochondria, the batteries of the cells, are essential for ageing. In a study, published in the EMBO Journal and led by Dr João Passos at Newcastle University, they found that when mitochondria were eliminated from ageing cells they became much more similar to younger cells.


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