News from the NRP Strategic Alliances and NRP research partners

Fish provide insight into the evolution of the immune system

New research from the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK, and Dalhousie University, Canada, reveals how immune systems can evolve resistance to parasites.
A study, published today in Nature Communications, solves the enigma of how species can adapt and change their immune system to cope with new parasitic threats – whilst at the same time [Continue reading»]

NRP biotech spin-out Iceni Diagnostics wins Business Award

NRP based biotech company, Iceni Diagnostics, which is a spin-out from John Innes Centre and University of East Anglia has won a prestigious award that celebrates the best businesses in the region.
The long standing EDP Business Awards recognised the achievements of the Norwich Research Park based company with the Knowledge Catalyst award.
It was one [Continue reading»]

Landmark discovery turns marathon of evolution into a sprint

A research collaboration has discovered a new way of rapidly generating a swathe of medically significant natural products after discovering a ground-breaking technique that turns the marathon of evolution into a sprint.
The surprise discovery came when the research team inadvertently replicated a process that bacteria use to evolve their machinery for making natural products.[Continue reading»]

Anglers’ delight as algal blooms breakthrough highlights innovative science

Millions of fish-deaths caused by toxic Prymnesium algal blooms could be prevented with the application of a household chemical best known for bleaching hair, breakthrough research has revealed.
Trials carried out in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads National Park have shown that at controlled concentrations hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is deadly to Prymnesium parvum, the golden [Continue reading»]

ELSA welcomes a new Independent Research Fellow Dr Laura Lehtovirta-Morley

Dr Laura Lehtovirta-Morley who has been recently awarded a Dorothy Hodgkin Royal Society Fellowship joins us from the University of Aberdeen and brings new expertise on Archaea to the Norwich Research Park. She is based in the School of Biological Sciences at UEA and now shares the ELSA lab with Colin Murrell, Jenny Pratscher and [Continue reading»]

Multi-disciplined science approach improves diet and health

The cutting edge study of epigenetics to unravel how nutrition can regulate the genome and impact on health and wellbeing throughout life; the important insights from epidemiological research about diet-disease relationships; the discovery of new food components such as phytochemicals and their potential role in disease prevention, are just a few of the areas discussed [Continue reading»]

New study highlights how processing affects fat absorption from plant-based foods

Preserving the natural structure of plant-based food during processing can limit the amount of fat and energy absorbed by the body, a new study in the Journal of Functional Foods reports. During this innovative multi-centred study researchers from the Quadram Institute, King’s College London, the University of Surrey and the University of Messina showed that [Continue reading»]

Plant-produced polio vaccines could help eradicate age old disease

Plants have been used to produce a new vaccine against poliovirus in what is hoped to be a major step towards global eradication of the disease.  A team of scientists, including Dr Johanna Marsian working in Professor George Lomonossoff’s Lab at the John Innes Centre, has produced the novel vaccine with a method that uses [Continue reading»]

Scientists find secret to cell size in world’s biggest food producer

A gene controlling cell size has been identified in a microalgal group which underpins a fifth of the world’s food chains.
Scientists at The University of East Anglia (UEA) have discovered a gene which regulates the size of diatoms, which contribute 20 per cent of global primary production in food chains. The discovery could have [Continue reading»]

New study links antibiotic resistance to common household disinfectant triclosan

Scientists from the John Innes Centre, Quadrum Institute and the University of Birmingham have discovered a link between a major mechanism of antibiotic resistance and resistance to the disinfectant triclosan which is commonly found in domestic products.
Researchers made the unexpected finding that bacteria that mutated to become resistant to quinolone antibiotics also became more [Continue reading»]


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