Archive for the ‘Biology & Biochemistry’ Category

Evolution acceptance in children linked to aptitude, not belief

In contrast to adults, acceptance of evolution in schoolchildren in the UK is linked to their scientific aptitude rather than conflicts with belief systems, say scientists at our Milner Centre for Evolution.

Wildlife conservation needs effective governance more than GDP or space

Protecting an area for wildlife can work—but only if there is robust political governance. That’s the research conclusion of twenty-three years of bird counting by an international team of researchers, including a scientist from the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath and published in the journal Nature.

University nominated for animal research openness award

The University of Bath was nominated for the ‘Media Engagement’ award at the recent Understanding Animal Research (UAR) Openness Awards.

Children visit to learn about evolution

The evolution workshop was held to celebrate the topping out of the new Milner Centre building

Children meet very hungry caterpillars to learn about evolution

More than 60 local children came to the Milner Centre for Evolution to meet creepy crawlies and learn how to use a microscope for an evolution workshop, held in celebration of the topping out of the new building for the Centre.

Dino-killing asteroid sped up bird evolution

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs caused the evolution of birds to speed up, says a study co-authored by Dr Daniel Field at the Milner Centre for Evolution.

MRSA survival chances predicted by DNA sequencing the superbug

Scientists from our Milner Centre for Evolution have found that sequencing the DNA of the MRSA superbug can accurately identify patients most at risk of death.

University of Bath licences detection kit for sugar-damaged proteins

The University of Bath today announced it had entered a licensing agreement with Abcam, an innovator in reagents and tools, to make a new fluorescent detection probe kit for researchers globally. The product developed by scientists at the University of Bath, will help researchers quickly and efficiently detect proteins damaged by sugar, which are associated with many degenerative diseases.

Graduate visits new lab funded by his gift

Students & staff gathered for the official opening of the Tarr Bioinformatics lab, in Biology & Biochemistry

The maths of life & death: secret weapon in fight against disease

A recent article by Dr Kit Yates, Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Biology, in The Conversation.

Custom built molecule shows promise as anti-cancer therapy

Scientists at the University of Bath funded by Cancer Research UK have custom-built a molecule which stops breast cancer cells from multiplying in laboratory trials, and hope it will eventually lead to a treatment for the disease.

Custom built molecule shows promise as anti-cancer therapy

Scientists at the University of Bath funded by Cancer Research UK have custom-built a molecule which stops breast cancer cells from multiplying in laboratory trials, and hope it will eventually lead to a treatment for the disease.

First ever Festival of Nature Jurassic Road Show

Join experts from Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath and BRLSI for Festival of Nature’s first ever Jurassic Road Show!

When estimating extinction risk, don’t leave out the males

Extinction risk for some species could be drastically underestimated because most demographic models of animal populations only analyse the number and fertility of females, dismissing male data as ‘noise’. Researchers from the Milner Centre for Evolution found that population growth in birds was very sensitive to the ratio of males to females in a population, which has previously been shown to affect mating behaviour.

Improve evolution education by teaching genetics first

Research from the Milner Centre for Evolution has demonstrated a simple cost-free way to significantly improve students’ understanding of evolution at secondary level: teach genetics before you teach them evolution.

A Welsh student’s perspective on uni life in Bath

Callie, who is from South Wales and currently in her second year studying Biology, gives an insight into university life, and the misconceptions she had before she came.

Biochemistry PhD student wins science competition FameLab

Alex Lathbridge was one of the ten scientists to qualify for FameLab UK’s Grand Final in April at the Science Museum in London

Cardiovascular Research PhD Training: 18 May

Learn about the clinical side of cardiovascular research at this free one day training event

“Last African dinosaur” discovered in Moroccan mine

One of the last dinosaurs living in Africa before their extinction 66 million years ago has been discovered in a phosphate mine in northern Morocco. A study of the fossil, led by the Milner Centre for Evolution, suggests that following the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana in the middle of the Cretaceous period, a distinct dinosaur fauna evolved in Africa.

Matthew Wills: Is macroevolution predictable? 17 May

In his inaugural lecture as Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology, Matthew Wills will explore some possible answers to evolutionary questions.