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290-million-year-old creature could sprout new limbs

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If an ancient amphibian lost a limb or a tail, it could grow another and a new study led by Dr Anoop Kumar and Professor Jeremy Brockes (both UCL Structural & Molecular Biology), has identified the two genes necessary for salamanders to re-grow backward digits. Read: Yahoo News

Variation in value of student bursaries ‘exacerbates inequality’

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Dr Gill Wyness (UCL Institute of Education) says that students from relatively wealthy backgrounds can receive more aid than those from poor families simply because of the university they attend. Read: THE

From Agent Orange to GM crops: scientific responsibility in flux

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Dr Jack Stilgoe (UCL Science & Technology Studies) welcomes Unesco updating its 1974 statement on the status of scientific researchers and highlights the challenges faced by scientists today. Read: Research Professional

Uga the Bulldog, Handsome Dan and why university spirit matters

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Rikke Duus (UCL School of Management) explains why UK universities should take note from US colleges and cultivate more of a university spirit. Read: The Conversation

Six pence drug could keep Alzheimer's patients out of care homes

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A study led by Professor Rob Howard (UCL Psychiatry) has found that withdrawing the commonly-prescribed Alzheimer’s disease drug, donepezil, from people in the advanced stages of the disease doubles their risk of being placed in a nursing home within a year. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Times (£), Financial Times, Huffington Post, New Scientist, UCL News

Can aspirin stop cancer returning? World's largest clinical trial begins

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The world's largest clinical trial to investigate if taking aspirin every day can stop cancer returning has been launched, led by Professor Ruth Langley (MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL). Read: Telegraph, More: Guardian, Express, BBC News, Telegraph (2), Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 54 mins 22 secs)

Heart disease gene 'found in women'

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Early research led by Freya Boardman-Pretty (UCL Medicine) has identified a gene that puts women at higher risk of heart disease. Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 49 mins)

IVF women third more likely to develop ovarian cancer

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The largest ever study of fertility treatment in the world, led at UCL by Professor Alastair Sutcliffe (UCL Institute of Child Health), has found that Women who undergo IVF are a third more likely to develop ovarian cancer. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Times (£), Mirror, Huffington Post

Cinema-going of the 1960s

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Professor Melvyn Stokes (UCL History) discusses the Cultural Memory and British Cinema-Going of the 1960s project, which aims to shed light on the social and cultural history of cinema. Listen: BBC Radio Derby ‘Andy Potter’ (from 2 hours 17 mins)

Landmark Huntington's trial starts

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A clinical study, led by Professor Sarah Tabrizi (UCL Neurodegenerative Diseases), has trialled the first drug that can potentially correct the underlying defect that causes Huntington's disease. Read: BBC News, More: Times (£), UCL News

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