In the build-up to its 20th anniversary, BBSRC is supporting The Royal Institution 'Life Fantastic' Christmas Lectures and online advent calendar, to help spread the word about world-leading bioscience. BBSRC-funded biologist Alison Woollard’s three-part series for the famous Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, entitled 'Life Fantastic', will be broadcast between Christmas and New Year on BBC Four.
Researchers on the Norwich Research Park have patented a quick, simple dipstick flu test using sugar labelled with gold. Quick diagnosis of flu is important because vaccination and antiviral drugs need to be administered to patients within 48 hours of infection to prevent new pandemics arising.
BBSRC is helping to shed new light on variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease, as described on this article by Benjamin Thompson from the Society for General Microbiology. Despite more than a decade’s worth of research, many aspects of variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease (vCJD) still remain a mystery.