Dolly lab to research stem cells
The laboratory that produced Dolly, the world’s first cloned sheep, has been granted a one-year licence by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to experiment on human embryonic stem cells. The licence granted to the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh does not allow researchers to clone human embryos.
(Times, Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent)
Oxford don wins £30k prize for Pushkin biography
A 63-year-old Oxford don has won Britain’s richest non-fiction prize with the first book he has ever written on his own subject - Russian literature. T. J. Binyon, until this year a senior research fellow at Wadham College, took the £30,000 Samuel Johnson award for his biography of the poet Pushkin.
(Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Independent)
Post ’92 institutions fight to keep research
New universities in England are fighting to hang on to their research work in the face of government attempts to concentrate funding in a small number of elite institutions.
Gap-year student dies in Thailand
A graduate died in his friend’s arms after a scooter crash in Thailand during a gap-year trip. David Green, 21, who studied at Nottingham University Business School, was riding pillion when the accident happened in Chiang Mai.
Films can encourage teens to smoke
Watching cigarette smoking in films can encourage teenagers to take up the habit, according to research at Dartmouth Medical School in the US.
(Times, Daily Telegraph)
Parkinson’s linked to iron-rich diet
People who follow diets that are rich in iron or manganese may be increasing their risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to scientists at the University of Washington.
Pregnant women who work out risk smaller babies
Women who continue with regular gym workouts later in pregnancy risk having smaller babies, according to research at the University of Ohio.