Archive of Research News

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25 July 2011: First targeted treatment success for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

A team led by scientists at UCL, funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and AVI BioPharma, have made an important breakthrough in the development of a treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). More...

22 July 2011: Sainsbury Wellcome Centre granted planning permission

Plans to build a new research centre at UCL have been approved by London Borough of Camden, subject to referral to the Mayor. More...

22 July 2011: New children's policy research unit established

The UCL Institute of Child Health and partners have secured a five year, £4.6m grant from the Department of Health Policy Research Programme, to lead a new Policy Research Unit in the Health of Children, Young People and Families (abbreviated to CPRU). The Unit was formally launched on Wednesday 20 July at the UCL Institute of Child Health.  More...

21 July 2011: Fossil reveals oldest evidence of live birth in reptiles

A fossil from north-eastern China has revealed that terrestrial reptiles were giving birth to live young at least as early as 120 million years ago.
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20 July 2011: Rock paper scissors players are natural copycats

Players of the game rock paper scissors subconsciously copy each other’s hand shapes, significantly increasing the chance of the game ending in a draw, according to new research.  More...

12 July 2011: Birth defects linked to smoking in pregnancy

Missing or deformed limbs, clubfoot, facial disorders and gastrointestinal problems are some of the most common birth defects found to be associated with smoking during pregnancy, according to a major new report led by scientists at UCL. More...

8 July 2011: Herschel finds source of cosmic dust in a stellar explosion

ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory is helping unravel the mystery of the origin of cosmic dust. Thanks to the resolution and sensitivity of Herschel, astronomers have been able to detect cosmic dust from a supernova, adding weight to the theory that these cosmic fireworks are responsible for its creation.  More...

7 July 2011: Ancestry of polar bears traced to Ireland

An international team of scientists has discovered that the female ancestor of all living polar bears was a brown bear that lived in present-day Britain and Ireland during the last ice age - 20,000 to 50,000 years ago. More...

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