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February 2020

  • Senga Robertson-Albertyn with the RSE Innovator Medal. Credit: Arms & Legs and licensed by RSE.
    11 Feb 2020

    Senga Robertson-Albertyn received the prestigious RSE Innovators Prize for Public Engagement last week at the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Winter Lecture at Wallace High School in Stirling. Senga is from the Division of Plant Sciences based at the James Hutton Institute and she won the award in recognition of her contribution to communicating science in a fun and interactive way. This work was carried out during the course of her PhD studies.

  • Rogue communications in the membrane of blood stem cells. Image credit: Ilpo Vattulainen and Joni Vuorio from the University of Helsinki.
    10 Feb 2020

    New research has deciphered how rogue communications in blood stem cells can cause Leukaemia. The discovery, published in the journal Science, could pave the way for new, targeted medical treatments that block this process. Blood cancers like leukaemia occur when mutations in stem cells cause them to produce too many blood cells.

  • Megan Bergkessel and Leeanne McGurk
    10 Feb 2020

    Megan Bergkessel and Leeanne McGurk have been awarded funding from the Springboard scheme of the Academy of Medical Sciences, which is designed to help early career researchers establish their independent research programmes.

  • 03 Feb 2020

    University of Dundee researchers have shown how a natural product derived from a group of fungi that has inspired horror novels, movies and computer games works to switch on a protein known to affect cancer cells.

  • Davide Bulgarelli
    03 Feb 2020

    After conducting a field trial at a tomato farm near Ravenna, Italy, a team of plant pathologists and agronomists found that nitrogen fertilizers shape the composition and predicted functions of the plant microbiota. The microbiota refers to the community of microorganisms found in the interface between the soil and the roots of a plant. Similarly to the human digestive tract, the microbiota can help or hinder the plant’s nutrition as it is responsible for the uptake of minerals from the soil.