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Mice that have a particular brain chemical switched off become hyperactive and sleep for just 65 per cent of their normal time. This discovery, published in the journal Neuron, could help researchers to develop new drugs that promote better sleep, or control hyperactivity in people with the medical condition mania.

£3M of funding has been awarded to biological and social scientists to study the impact of early life experiences on health outcomes throughout our lives. As part of this innovative collaboration, eight new projects have been funded which bring together scientists from both disciplines.

£3.7M of research to investigate diet and health has been funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) in partnership with a consortium of 14 leading food and drink companies. The funding will support six research projects to improve our understanding of the connection between diet and health.