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From prolonging shelf life to developing new sources of protein – more than 6,000 British food and drink companies can now take advantage of new technologies and expert advice at the touch of a button, helping revolutionise the production of their food. The new food industry network launched by Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom today will give ambitious British entrepreneurs unparalleled access to first-class facilities – such as test kitchens and laboratories to help them launch new products onto the market.

Fish are commonly used in experiments to identify environmental hazards and pollutants in water. As gills are in constant contact with the water, they are often the focal point for studies seeking to understand the effects of exposure to toxicants. The team at the Bury Lab, King’s College London, have validated a pioneering technique to recreate a freshwater gill system in the lab. 

A breakthrough in the transformation of human cells by an international team led by researchers at the University of Bristol could open the door to a new range of treatments for a variety of medical conditions. Their paper, published in Nature Genetics, demonstrates the creation of a system that predicts how to create any human cell type from another cell type directly, without the need for experimental trial and error.