Unpicking the grammar of genes

The MHC on the short arm of chromosome 6 is the most gene-dense region of our DNA with around 230 genes all crammed into this stretch of our genome.

On the crest of a freak wave

It was on 1 January 1995 that a wave over 25 metres high was recorded at the Draupner platform in the North Sea off the coast of Norway.

Heart drug 'safe for kidney patients'

The full results of a trial show that people with chronic kidney disease can reduce their heart risk by taking a combination drug that lowers levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Brightest exploding stars spotted

Scientists have identified a new type of supernova or exploding star which is ten times brighter than any other type of stellar explosion.

Astrophysicist Dr Mark Sullivan of Oxford University’s Department of Physics is among researchers reporting the discovery in this week's Nature.

Quantum's delete freeze

Erasing data, rather like cleaning a house, should be hard, hot work.

But now a team including Oxford University’s Vlatko Vedral have shown that, in the quantum world at least, it doesn’t always have to be.

Pancreas betrayed by 'double agent'

Stellate cells, a type of cell in the pancreas which normally helps the body respond to damage or disease of the pancreas, can act as a double agent when it comes to cancer.

These mysterious cells become ‘partners in crime’ with pancreatic cancer cells, Oxford University researchers have shown, stimulating growth of the cancer cells and protecting them against radiotherapy.

Orangutans bite back

Life as a seed isn’t easy: you need to be tough enough to deter all but the most muscular-jawed predators but not so hard that you can’t germinate.

Simulation shows Milky Way's quirks

It may be our home but just how special is the Milk Way?

That’s the question a team including Oxford University scientists have been looking to answer using simulations of our galaxy and our neighbours, the Magellanic Clouds.