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BBSRC Business

Connecting our science with industry, policy makers and society

Autumn 2013



  • Secret of plant geometry revealed

    Researchers at the University of Leeds have discovered how plants set the angles of their branches. This work was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council…

  • Cattle can be a source of MRSA in people, scientists find

    A type of MRSA found in humans originated in cattle at least 40 years ago, new research has found. The BBSRC-funded study provides clear evidence that livestock were the original source of an MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) strain which is now widespread in people…

  • Chick prebiotics could be key to better gut health in flocks

    Feeding young broiler chickens a prebiotic yeast supplement could have positive effects on their development and increase their defences against gut infections according to research funded by BBSRC and the animal nutrition company Alltech UK…

  • China Partnering Award to deliver safer foods

    A BBSRC China Partnership Award has allowed the Institute of Food Research to build up a fruitful relationship with Chinese scientists, to contribute to reducing the risks of food poisoning…

  • A tiny channel and a large vessel: a new clue for heart attack

    BBSRC-funded scientists at The University of Manchester and medical institutes in Italy have identified a gene variant that predisposes people to a special type of heart attack…

  • Broccoli could be key in the fight against osteoarthritis

    A compound found in broccoli could be key to preventing or slowing the progress of the most common form of arthritis, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). Results from the laboratory study show that sulforaphane slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with painful and often debilitating osteoarthritis…

  • Negative effects of vitamins on voles cast doubt on health supplement benefits

    Vitamin C and vitamin E dramatically reduce the lifespan of voles, biologists funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, have found, raising questions about the benefits of vitamins as a health supplement…

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