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How common drugs affect empathy and risk taking

Healthy people given the serotonin-enhancing antidepressant citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others than those given placebo drugs in a moral decision-making experiment led by Dr Molly Crockett (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience). Read: Wired, More: UCL News

The danger virus mum can give her unborn baby

A report by researchers from UCL, including Professor Paul Griffiths (UCL Infection & Immunity), has found that as many as 1,000 babies a year are born with cytomegalovirus, or CMV. Read: Daily Mail

Country air could be good for us because it's slightly poisonous

Professor Graham Rook (UCL Infection & Immunity) argues that being near the sea or countryside improves the regulation of our immune system. Read: New Scientist (£)

The tiny substance that continues to be the oil industry’s cholesterol

Professor Neal Skipper (UCL Physics & Astronomy) has been researching ways to analyse asphaltene particles. Read: The National

How antiquities are funding terrorism

Commenting on the growing trade of “blood antiques”, Dr Mark Altaweel (UCL Archaeology) said: “Demand from western collectors is very high”. Read: Financial Times

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