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The Pirbright Institute has recently been awarded joint funding with The Roslin Institute to research how the deadly Marek’s disease virus (MDV) causes tumours in poultry, and create a more effective vaccine.

Inappropriate use of control switches in the genome may weaken our body’s defences against illness and could contribute to leukaemia, according to a new study by the Babraham Institute in Cambridge.

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A study led by the University of Nottingham has found that differently-coiled types of Japanese land snails should in fact be considered a single species, because – against all odds – they are sometimes able to mate, a result which has implications for the classification of other snails.