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    Zika spread secrets tracked through new gene sequencing study

    An international research collaboration studying the genetics of Zika virus in Brazil and beyond has provided a new understanding of the disease and its rapid spread through space and time. 
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    From toilet to tap: Recycling water for a better tomorrow

    From drought concerns to political debate and international awareness activity, H₂O has become big news, with good reason. As quickly as the world’s population is rising, international water reserves are diminishing.
  • Red blood cell variation linked to natural malaria resistance

    Red blood cell variation linked to natural malaria resistance

    Researchers have discovered that protection from the most severe form of malaria is linked with natural variation in human red blood cell genes.
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    Royal seal of approval for sustainable urban development work

    HRH The Prince of Wales visited Kellogg College at the University of Oxford earlier this week to see work being done to address the challenges of global urbanisation.
  • Single cell focus reveals hidden cancer cells

    Single cell focus reveals hidden cancer cells

    Recent breakthroughs are revolutionising cancer treatment, enabling doctors to personalise chemotherapy for each patient. However, although these new treatments are often highly effective, all too...
  • Star Wars in a petri dish

    Star Wars in a petri dish

    A new method has been developed for observing the effects of drugs on heart cells under the microscope.
  • Penguins in Antarctica

    World Penguin Day 2017: ‘people power’ and robotics

    With one of the biggest fan-clubs in the animal kingdom, penguins are undeniably cute. From Pingu to Happy Feet and the countless wildlife documentaries centred around them, they continue to...
  • World Malaria Day

    Protecting the effectiveness of antimalarial medicines

    To mark World Malaria Day on 25th April, Prof Philippe Guérin, Director of the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory, based at the University of Oxford, explains the need to maintain our focus on the elimination of malaria.
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    Women in Science: Brightening the conservation conversation

    As the much anticipated Conservation Optimism Summit begins, Scienceblog talks to Professor EJ Milner-Gulland, Tasso Laventis Professor of Biodiversity in Oxford’s Department of Zoology. Co-creator of this landmark movement, she shares how she is working to protect some of wildlife’s most endangered species, what we can all do to be more environmentally conscious and why she has had enough of the doom and gloom around nature.
  • Smarter council services through robotics technology

    Smarter council services through robotics technology

    A smart street mapping initiative, using technology developed by Oxford Robotics Institute, could help transform how infrastructure services are managed in the city.