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Scientists at the John Innes Centre and the University of East Anglia have made an exciting discovery that could provide a new way to prevent bacterial infections in both humans and plants without triggering multi-drug resistance in bacteria. When bacteria infect either a plant or a human they first have to move across the surface to a likely site of infection. Without this migration, the bacteria find it difficult to get inside the host and are far less able to cause infection. 


An international study involving Rothamsted Research, allows scientists for the first time to read the genetic make-up of bed bugs, and begin to understand genes linked to the insect’s adaptive biology and behaviour. Much like how our eyes scan a sequence of letters to read and understand a sentence of English, scientists have, for the first time, sequenced and annotated the genetic code of the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius). 


Research led by UCL, Yale and UCSF has shown that the hormone estrogen alleviates the sleep disruption experienced by zebrafish genetically designed to help understand the biology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). BBSRC-funded scientists set out to investigate the function of genes linked to autism and seizures in humans by using zebrafish as a model system. 


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