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Seaweed isn’t technically a plant, but it does have some serious plant power. Scientists have found a way to use seaweed to tackle obesity.

Intensive farming practices such as larger herd size, maize growth, fewer hedgerows and the use of silage have been linked to higher risk of bovine TB, new research has concluded. A study by the University of Exeter, funded by BBSRC and published in the Royal Society journal Biological Letters, analysed data from 503 farms which have suffered a TB breakdown alongside 808 control farms in areas of high TB risk.

Brain disorders that cause intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders may share common defects despite having different genetic causes, a study has found. A BBSRC-funded study of two models of intellectual disability in mice has found that they share similar disease mechanisms.