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Researchers at the Babraham Institute have discovered a strong physical gene interaction network that is responsible for holding genes in a silencing grip during early development. In the same way that people can interact with others in close proximity, say within the same room, or others millions of miles apart, there are also short- and long-range interactions within the genome.

BBSRC has co-funded one of eight new grants through the international Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID) programme. EEID supports efforts to understand the underlying ecological and biological mechanisms behind human-induced environmental changes and the emergence and transmission of infectious diseases.

A report published today finds that public and charitable funding for health research in the UK has continued to increase in the last five years, with almost £130M more spending in real terms. However the rate of increase has slowed considerably, with a compound annual growth rate of 8.2% between 2004/05 to 2009/10 in comparison to just 1.4% between 2009/10 and 2014.