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Gene therapy

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Professor Samuel Janes (UCL Internal Medicine) discusses a UCL trial into gene therapy and metastatic lung cancer. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 2 hours 45 mins)

Scientists create self-cleaning paint

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A team of UCL led researchers, including Yao Lu, Professor Claire Carmalt and Professor Ivan Parkin (all UCL Chemistry), have developed a new paint that makes robust self-cleaning surfaces. Read: Telegraph, More: Independent, Daily Mail, Washington Post, Reuters, UCL News

Looking on bright side helps recovery from heart attacks

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A study led by Professor Andrew Steptoe (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health), in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation, has found that optimists are twice as likely as pessimists to recover well from heart attacks. Read: Times (£), More: Daily Express

How to cultivate the Commons touch

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Professor Meg Russell (UCL Political Science) looks at the best ways for academics to get their research listened to, and even put into effect by politicians. Read: THE

'First human' discovered in Ethiopia

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A state-of-the-art computer reconstruction of a Homo habilis fossil by Professor Fred Spoor (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) indicates that the species has older evolutionary roots than previously thought. Read: BBC News, More: Guardian, Independent, The Week, NY Times, NBC, National Geographic, Discovery, Science, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Six O'Clock News' (from 15 mins 45 secs), More: BBC Radio 4 'The World Tonight' (from 6 mins 39 secs)

When pregnant women drink

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Professor Peter Hammond (UCL Institute of Child Health) has developed a mathematical technique that identifies facial damage caused by exposure to alcohol in the womb. Watch: ITV ‘Exposure - When Pregnant Women Drink’ (from 7 mins 40 secs)

Life lessons

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Fashion designer Wayne Hemingway reflects on his time as a student at UCL. Watch: BBC One ‘The One Show’ (from 21 mins 46 secs)

Strange creatures and art of the unknown

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A new exhibition, Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals, which explores how imagery has been used to bring newly discovered animals into the public eye is due to open at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Mail, Culture 24, UCL News

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