Three new multidisciplinary research centres in synthetic biology will be established in Bristol, Nottingham and through a Cambridge/Norwich partnership, thanks to funding from BBSRC and EPSRC. The £40M+ investment will be formally announced by Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts tonight at a BBSRC event in London to mark the achievements and impact of UK bioscience over the last 20 years.
BBSRC-funded technology to grow bone cells on International Space Station. Many people dream of blasting off into space and scientists are no different. But until space tourism becomes an affordable reality, surely the next best thing is to see your work go into orbit.
Mention genomics and, for many people, large, heavily-funded international consortia, such as the human genome project, spring to mind. Today, the ready availability of second- and third-generation sequencing platforms, means that it is possible for individual labs to sequence whole genomes – be they human, plant or micro-organism – in a matter of hours and for a fraction of the cost.