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Garden ponds may help spread lethal frog disease

Keen gardeners stocking their domestic ponds with exotic or wild aquatic species could be inadvertently fuelling the rapid spread of the lethally infectious frog disease ranavirus, according to new research by scientists from UCL, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Queen Mary University of London. 

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Celebrating 10 years of Hinode in space

Hinode, a satellite which observes the Sun’s activity in high resolution, today marks ten years of success since its launch. It carries three instruments, one of which – the Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (EIS) – was built and is managed by a UCL team.

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Low English skills at school start linked to behavioural difficulties

Children who enter reception with poor English language skills – whether it’s their first language or an additional language – are more likely to have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in later years, finds a new study co-authored by UCL and Royal Holloway and funded by Wellcome.

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UCL launches special inquiry into regenerative medicine research

As a leading research intensive university, UCL takes the integrity of its research and its research processes very seriously. Following recent events at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden relating to some aspects of regenerative medicine research, UCL’s Vice Provost (Research) has instigated a special inquiry in order to establish the nature and scope of regenerative medicine research at UCL and to establish the nature of UCL’s relationship with regenerative medicine research that may have taken place at the Karolinska Institute.

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Vice-Provost (Research) to chair new Forum for Responsible Metrics

A new Forum for Responsible Metrics, to be chaired by Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research), will bring together research funders, sector bodies and infrastructure experts to promote the responsible use of research metrics.

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Study reveals how ionising radiation damages DNA and causes cancer

For the first time, a team including UCL researchers has identified in human cancers two characteristic patterns of DNA damage caused by ionising radiation. These fingerprint patterns may now enable doctors to identify which tumours have been caused by radiation, and investigate if they should be treated differently.

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Science begins in the new Francis Crick Institute building

The first scientists have moved into the new £650 million Francis Crick Institute building in London and are starting work in their purpose-built labs. Next to St Pancras station and the British Library, the Crick will be the biggest biomedical research institute under one roof in Europe.

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Refining the genetic causes of schizophrenia

An international study involving UCL has made advances in understanding the ways in which genetic risk factors alter gene function in schizophrenia.

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Fossilised rivers suggest warm, wet ancient Mars

Extensive systems of fossilised riverbeds have been discovered on an ancient region of the Martian surface, supporting the idea that the now cold and dry Red Planet had a warm and wet climate about four billion years ago, according to UCL-led research.

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Eye test may detect Parkinson’s before symptoms appear

A new low-cost and non-invasive eye test could detect Parkinson’s disease before symptoms including tremors and muscle stiffness develop, according to new research in rats led by scientists at UCL. 

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UCL climbs Shanghai world rankings to 17th place

UCL has risen to 17th place in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), published this week by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, retaining its position as one of only three UK universities in the top 20 worldwide.

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New computer programme replicates handwriting

In a world increasingly dominated by the QWERTY keyboard, UCL computer scientists have developed software which may spark the comeback of the handwritten word by analysing the handwriting of any individual and accurately replicating it.

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New imaging platform tracks cancer progression

A new rapid fluorescent 3-D imaging system developed by UCL and Imperial College London scientists offers a non-invasive approach to accurately monitor tumour development in adult zebrafish.

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UCL announces architect design winners for UCL East campus

UCL has awarded design services contracts to Stanton Williams and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands for two sites in the first phase of its new UCL East campus which will be built at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.

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HIV doesn’t drive the spread of drug-resistant tuberculosis

While the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) pandemic fuels tuberculosis (TB) outbreaks, it does not drive the development and transmission of multidrug-resistance in TB patients as previously suspected, according to an international study led by UCL scientists.

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Dark matter particle remains elusive

The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment has yielded no trace of a dark matter particle after completing its final 20-month long search of the universe, according to LUX collaboration scientists including UCL researchers.

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