UCL in the media
Researchers have found that clusters of frog cells can undergo a form of replication never before seen in plants or animals – bringing us “another step closer to animate materials,” says Professor Mark Miodownik (UCL Mechanical Engineering).
Professor Francois Balloux (UCL Genetics Institute) said that it is unlikely that Covid-19 will evolve to become less virulent as “viruses kill host cells and damage host tissues when replicating [inside us].”
“The punitive measure of border closure should be counterbalanced by positive incentives,” such as support for a country’s genomic surveillance programmes and generous help with healthcare challenges, says Professor Francois Balloux (UCL Genetics Institute).
If a lecturer had given consent for their work to be reused for the purposes of pandemic-era teaching, they would still need to give specific permission for it to be used in a different context – such as a strike, says Sir Robin Jacob (UCL Laws).
A growing number of cases of the Omicron variant have been identified in the UK and Professor Susan Michie (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) says we must go further with restrictions to prevent a situation “where you can’t visit people” over Christmas.
Professor Nora Colton (UCL Institute of Global Health) speaks about UCL’s Global Business School for Health and its aim to educate the healthcare leaders of the future and address challenges highlighted by the pandemic.
Dai George (UCL English Language & Literature) said that usually Johnson’s analogies were well received thanks to their “imagistic flair or a cognitive spark of surprise, the Peppa Pig story he told to the CBI failed as it resembled a “boorish anecdote from a best man speech".
“Optimism is a tendency to overestimate the likelihood of positive events happening in our life and underestimate the likelihood of negative,” explains Professor Tali Sharot (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences).