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The discovery of how a group of bacteria can rapidly adapt to changing growth conditions could have implications for future antibiotic development. The findings come from a long-standing project between Colin Kleanthous at the University of Oxford and Christoph Baumann at the University of York. 

New research findings by John Innes Centre (JIC) scientists have helped to settle an important debate in the field of epigenetic inheritance. Using the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana as a model for their research, Professor Martin Howard, Professor Caroline Dean and members of their labs, have been trying to understand how organisms ‘remember’ past events at the cellular level.

BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of St Andrews have discovered that crows, like humans, store their tools when they don’t need them. The study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society is the first to examine how non-human animals avoid accidental tool loss.