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The secret ingredient: yeast reveals hope for treating Huntington's disease

The secret ingredient: yeast reveals hope for treating Huntington's disease

Posted by pt91 at Jan 14, 2011 02:30 PM |

Geneticists at the University of Leicester have made a discovery that could lead to treatments for this incurable disease. And it’s thanks to a substance you might just find in your kitchen.

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The health benefits of selenium: it's much more important than you think

The health benefits of selenium: it's much more important than you think

Posted by mjs76 at Jan 07, 2011 11:07 AM |

For most people, selenium is just a box in the periodic table. Tucked in between arsenic and bromine, it has an atomic number of 34, it’s a dark greyish-red colour and you don’t need to be well-versed in Greek to spot that it is named after the Moon. But what does it do? What good is it?

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A respiratory story: mould that causes asthma grows inside asthma patients' lungs

A respiratory story: mould that causes asthma grows inside asthma patients' lungs

Posted by mjs76 at Dec 16, 2010 05:12 PM |

It is well-known that minute spores from moulds can have an effect on asthma (and on cystic fibrosis too). But new research from Leicester shows that asthma-causing mould actually occurs inside patients' lungs much more commonly than previously thought.

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New book on genetic heritage of Vikings: it's one Thingwall after another

New book on genetic heritage of Vikings: it's one Thingwall after another

Posted by mjs76 at Dec 16, 2010 11:25 AM |

Between 2002 and 2007, researchers from the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham conducted an epic research project into the genetic influence of Vikings in Northwest England.

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Yes, we have no bananas: Leicester biologist presents at global conference

Yes, we have no bananas: Leicester biologist presents at global conference

Posted by mjs76 at Dec 14, 2010 12:30 PM |

Can you name the world’s four most important crops, in terms of gross value of production? The top three are rice, wheat and maize – no real surprises there – but at number four you’ll find... bananas.

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