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April 2016

  • 26 Apr 2016

    Look around you and what do you see? Plants! Plants are everywhere: from the ornamental flowers in our gardens, to the crops we eat, to the materials in our clothes. In fact, plants provide food and shelter for all living organisms, big or small, in addition to brightening up a dull day! The University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute are taking part in the annual Plant Power day, held at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden Dundee this Saturday May 21st from 10am to 4pm. 

  • 25 Apr 2016

    Researchers at the University of Dundee have made new discoveries about the importance of nutrients for a subpopulation of white blood cells - T cells - that play a vital role in fighting cancer and infections.   Professor Doreen Cantrell, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow in the School of Life Sciences at the University, said the discovery opened up a new area to explore for pharmacological targets in T cell-mediated diseases, as well as in cancer therapy and chronic infection.  

  • 25 Apr 2016

    PHOQUS PhD student Valerie Bentivegna, based in the Nathke lab, has been chosen to take part in the 2016 Soapbox Science challenge in Edinburgh.  She will join 15 other female scientists from across Scotland who have been selected to take part in the event, which is being held on the 24th of July on the Galleries precinct (The Mound) in Edinburgh. Getting on her soapbox, Valerie will be talking about how she combines different disciplines, including physics, engineering and biology - to "feel", "see" and "hear" the mechanical properties of colorectal cancer. 

  • 20 Apr 2016

    Work carried out in the Näthke lab, recently published in Molecular Biology of the Cell, has illustrated that proliferative fate and cell cycle duration in the intestine is set by the Wnt stimulus cells experience when they are ‘born’.  Using mathematical modeling together with high-resolution tissue imaging data, they also showed that the threshold for this response is lowered in transformed cells, before overt, histologically detectable tissue changes occur.

  • 19 Apr 2016

    Professor Martin Chalfie of Columbia University obtained his B.A. and PhD from Harvard University and did post-doctoral research with Sydney Brenner at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, before moving to Columbia in 1982.

  • 05 Apr 2016

    A group of `double agent’ cells, which both protect us from some infections while also contributing to tissue damage in various inflammatory conditions, could be manipulated to offer a new approach to treating conditions such as asthma, following research led by the University of Dundee. Researchers led by Professor Colin Watts in the School of Life Sciences at Dundee have uncovered a critical survival factor for a group of white blood cells called eosinophils.