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How do the precursors of sperm and eggs form during human development? It’s a question that has puzzled scientists for over two centuries. Now researchers at The University of Nottingham and the Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge have uncovered the origins of these elusive cells.

The UK Regenerative Medicine Platform (UKRMP), is to receive a further multimillion funding commitment to help realise the goal of accelerating scientific discoveries in regenerative therapies to clinical application. The Platform is a joint initiative between the Medical Research Council (MRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

New University of Liverpool research reveals that the immune response of farmed chickens does not develop fast enough to fight off Campylobacter during their short lifespan. The findings have important implications in the challenge towards developing a poultry vaccine for the bug, which is the UK's leading cause of food poisoning.