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Manipulating metabolism

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Dr Nazif Alic (UCL Biosciences) examines if tweaking some of the genes involved in metabolic signalling could help to prolong healthy lifespan and if it could help us live forever. Listen: Naked Scientists

Killer in the brain could help treat Parkinson's

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A team led by Dr Soledad Galli (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) has found that the death of synapses in mice may be due to malfunctioning proteins called Wnt proteins, a discovery which could lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s disease. Read: New Scientist

Is sending shoppers ads by Bluetooth just a bit creepy?

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Dr Charlene Jennett (UCL Interaction Centre) and Professor Angela Sasse (UCL Computer Science) examine how beacon technology in retail and marketing may be received by the public. Read: The Conversation

Myelin helps you learn new skills

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A study led by Professor William Richardson (UCL Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research) has discovered new evidence of myelin’s essential role in learning and retaining new practical skills, such as playing a musical instrument. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

New viruses 'killing amphibians' in Spain

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Research led by Dr Stephen Price (UCL Genetics Institute) has found a number of closely related viruses causing severe disease and mass deaths in many amphibian species in northern Spain. Read: BBC News, More: Independent, New Scientist, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 2 'Chris Evans Breakfast Show' (from 2 hours 32 mins), More: BBC Radio Newcastle 'Breakfast' (from 2 hours 3 mins), BBC Radio Devon 'Breakfast' (from 1 hour 35 mins)

NHS to offer tablet which can reduce HIV risk by 90%

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Dr Sheena McCormack (UCL MRC Clinical Trials Unit) is leading a study into the use of Truvada, a daily tablet that offers up to a 90 per cent reduction in the risk of contracting HIV. Read: Independent, More: Times (£), Daily Mail

Curing cancer

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Documentary following four UCLH patients as they take part in advanced cancer treatment trials - from the labs of the UCL Cancer Institute to the wards of UCLH. Watch: Channel 4, Read: UCL News

Stem cells show potential benefits for eye diseases

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Professor Chris Mason (UCL Biochemical Engineering) comments on the use of embryonic stem cells to treat blindness, saying: “It’s a wonderful first step but it doesn’t prove that (stem cells) work”. Read: Wall Street Journal (£), More: Shanghai Daily, The Hindu

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