New software to visualise data generated by imaging of cells could help scientists understand more about cancer. A programme called PhenoPlot, developed by BBSRC-funded scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, generates ‘avatars’ of cancer cells based on imaging data collected by robotic microscopes.
In 2014 an Animal Welfare Working Group was formed to review BBSRC-funded animal welfare research. The Animal Welfare Working Group identified the animal welfare community as small and specialised but split into silos such as observational, disease and behavioural research, which may not encourage multidisciplinary collaborations across a broad range of scientific expertise.
BBSRC-funded researchers at the Medical Research Council’s Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit have discovered that specific mental abilities – such as problem-solving or multi-tasking – decline with age at different rates because individuals’ brains age differently. This challenges the previously held idea that, as we get older, these types of mental abilities all decline at the same rate.