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11 May 2012: Research reveals association between red hair gene and rare birthmarks

Research carried out at the UCL Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital has identified that the gene causing red hair - melanocortin-1-receptor (MC1R) - is more common in children with Congenital Melanocytic Naevi (CMN), a rare form of birthmark. More...

11 May 2012: UCL Engineering Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Funding

UCL Engineering announced today that two members of staff will receive funding through Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that enables individuals worldwide to test unorthodox ideas that address persistent health and development challenges.

Dr Tarit Mukhopadhyay and Professor Clare Elwell will pursue their innovative global health research projects, titled ‘Elimination of the Cold Chain with Low-Cost Liquid Viral Vaccines’ and ‘Novel Biomarkers of Nutrition Related Cognitive Development’.
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10 May 2012: X-rays emitted from black holes sterilise galaxies

Astronomers at UCL, using ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, have shown that the number of stars that form during the early lives of galaxies may be controlled by the massive black holes at their hearts. More...

10 May 2012: Five new UCL fellows of Academy of Medical Sciences

Five medical researchers from UCL have been recognised for excellence in medical science by election to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. More...

9 May 2012: Men can rest easy – sex chromosomes are here to stay

Fears that sex-linked chromosomes, such as the male Y chromosome, are doomed to extinction have been refuted in a new genetic study which examines the sex chromosomes of chickens.

The study, published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), looked at how genes on sex-linked chromosomes are passed down generations and linked to fertility, using the specific example of the W chromosome in female chickens. 
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4 May 2012: National hand-washing campaign improved hygiene and reduced infection

An evaluation of the national cleanyourhands campaign shows for the first time that an effective hand-hygiene campaign, undertaken in the context of a high profile political drive, can successfully reduce some healthcare associated infections, according to a new study published in the BMJ. More...

3 May 2012: UCL News podcast – 3 May 2012

UCL News has launched a new podcast to give you the opportunity to listen to the latest news and research from around UCL every fortnight. Split up into three parts, you can either listen to the podcast all in one go, or save features for later listening.  More...

3 May 2012: Trial makes thyroid cancer treatment safer and shorter

A new gold standard for thyroid cancer treatment has been set, reducing radiation doses to just one third of the current level, according to research from the CRUK-UCL Cancer Trials Centre. The results are published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine.
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2 May 2012: Billion euro ESA mission to explore icy worlds of Jupiter

The European Space Agency (ESA) has approved a new mission, which includes scientists from UCL, to explore Jupiter and the habitability of its icy moons. More...

2 May 2012: Vincula: The Slade revisits UCL’s art collections

UCL Art Museum is delighted to present Vincula (8th May – 8th June), a group exhibition of new artworks made in response to past masters.
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