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Origin of Modern Cows Traced to Single Herd

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Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) co-authors genetic study showing all modern domesticated cows are descended from a single herd of wild ox, which lived 10,500 years ago. Read: Wired Daily Mail More: UCL press release

Societies hinge on people being seen as individuals

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Research led by Professor Stephen Machin (UCL Economics) shows that a 1% increase in the number of young men who stay on at school after the age of 16 reduces crime committed by men by 1.7%. Read: The Independent

Happy children ‘are likely to have higher income’ as adults

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New research co-authored by Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (UCL Political Science) shows strong relationship between happiness levels when young and higher earnings later in life. Read: Observer, More: BBC Breakfast (No URL available)

Domestic violence affects one million children in the UK

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Research by Dr Eamon McCrory (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) shows the neurological impact on children of domestic violence is similar to soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder. Read: Independent on Sunday

Facebook 'cloaking' flaw allows unexpected snooping

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UCL research student Shah Mahmood and Yvo Desmedt (UCL Computer Science) have identified a “zero day privacy loophole” in Facebook. Read: The Register More: MSNBC

Poor literacy increases early death risk for older adults

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One in three adults aged over 52 have difficulty understanding basic health-related information, according to research by Sophie Bostock and Prof. Andrew Steptoe (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health). Read: BBC News, Telegraph, Daily Mail, More info: UCL News

DNA analysis shows huge genetic diversity in tumours

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Taking a sample from just one part of a tumour may not give a full picture of its "genetic landscape" says Prof. Charles Swanton (UCL Cancer Institute). Read: BBC News Nature Daily Mail Reuters FT More: UCL press release

Scientists Unravel Protein’s Link to Halting Alzheimer’s Disease in Mice

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“The key thing here is to develop therapies to tackle this molecule before people exhibit a substantial loss of memory,” says Professor Patricia Salinas (UCL Cell and Developmental Biology). Read: Bloomberg More: Daily Mail Scotsman Independent PA AFP

Oxygen envelops Saturn's icy moon

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A Nasa spacecraft has detected oxygen around one of Saturn's icy moons, Dione. "These are fascinating places to look for signs of life," says Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory). Read: BBC News More: UCL News story

New clue to how cancer cells beat oxygen starvation

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Researchers led by Dr Margaret Ashcroft (UCL Metabolism and Experimental Therapeutics) have discovered an important part of the oxygen-sensing machinery of tumour cells, which may be an early step towards a new way to treat cancer. Read: CRUK Blog 

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