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Influenza virus

The ‘beating heart’ of the flu virus – and why scientists want to commandeer it

The Conversation

All it takes is a sneeze. A few days later, you wake up with a fever, a sore throat and a headache. By lunchtime, your nose is running and your muscles hurt. You have the flu
a mix heap of tablets

Warning: dietary supplements could seriously mess with your medication

The Conversation

Drugs can help – but what happens when you mix them?
A family migrating

Here’s how genetics helped crack the history of human migration

The Conversation

Over the past 25 years, scientists have supported the view that modern humans left Africa around 50,000 years ago, spreading to different parts of the world by replacing resident human species like the Neanderthals. However, rapid advances in genetic sequencing have opened up a whole new window into the past, suggesting that human history is much more complicated.
David Cameron

Rejection of sugar tax is based on faulty logic about the poor

The Conversation

When celebrity chef Jamie Oliver began campaigning for a tax on sugary drinks he expected a fight, and he was not disappointed.
Addiction to video games could have huge clinical significance, says study.

What percentage of people who play video games are 'addicted'?


Researchers from the University’s Oxford Internet Institute asked nationally representative samples of men and women in four countries how they felt after gaming using the APA checklist of health symptoms.

lack of sleep

Why sleep could be the key to tackling mental illness

The Conversation

We are only beginning to unravel the genetic and biochemical basis of mental illness – a vague term including conditions as diverse as anxiety, depression, and mood and psychotic disorders.
Flashmob dancing

Let’s dance: synchronised movement helps us tolerate pain and foster friendship

The Conversation

Growing scientific evidence suggests that getting up and grooving with others has a lot of benefits.

Going Viral


Viruses have been a threat to humanity for as long as we have existed. As we make progress in the fight against them, can we also learn to use their tricks to our own advantage.
mouse α-glucosidase II enzyme

Enzyme structure offers new hopes for better antivirals


The structure of a cellular enzyme that is crucial for the survival of many pathogenic viruses has been solved in a new study.
Lien Davidson

3-Minute Thesis: Embryos and Lasers


Summing up your entire doctorate in three minutes is a challenge. That's about 400 - 500 words, compared to the 80,000 word limit for a doctoral thesis. Yet, that's the challenge of the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT), a competition originally developed by The University of Queensland.

Dunn School's Chris Tang tells Penicillin story in Radio Four interview


Professor Chris Tang from the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology discussed the significance of the Dunn School in the development of penicillin.
Unstable ankle fractures

Elderly patients with unstable ankle fractures could avoid surgery


Elderly patients with unstable ankle fractures could avoid surgery, according to research by a UK team led by NDORMS at the Oxford University.
Orthopaedics in Oxford

Researching new materials and materials to change patients’ lives


Professor Andrew Carr leads the Orthopaedics theme at the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Unit at NDORMS, aiming to improve evidence for the effectiveness of surgery generally and to translate novel biomaterials and biological therapies into the clinic.

12 DNA areas ‘linked with the age at which we have our first child and family size’

Twelve DNA areas 'linked with the age at which we have our first child and family size'


Researchers have identified 12 specific areas of the DNA sequence that are robustly related with the age at which we have our first child, and the total number of children we have during the course of our life.

Food bank volunteer

Strong link between increased benefit sanctions and higher foodbank use


There is a 'strong, dynamic' relationship between people having their benefits stopped and an increase in referral to foodbanks, new research has found.
Wild-beard capuchin in Brazil  is observed smashing stones and unintentionally creating flakes similar to those once created intentionally by hominins.

'Monkeys make stone flakes too so humans are not unique after all'


In a paper, published in Nature, the research team says this finding is significant because archaeologists had always understood that the production of multiple stone flakes with characteristics such as conchoidal fractures and sharp cutting edges was a behaviour unique to hominins.

Statistical expertise in drug discovery

Statistical expertise in drug discovery

A freely-available suite of statistical tools developed at the University of Oxford is providing major companies with valuable tools for drug discovery.
Ancient Britons' teeth were analysed for clues as to where they grew up.

Ancient Britons' teeth reveal people were 'highly mobile' 4,000 years ago


The study is part of the international Beaker People project led by Professor Mike Parker Pearson of University College London, and involves scientists from many institutions, including the universities of Oxford, Durham, Bradford, University College London, and the Max Planck Institute for Evolu

happiness study 300

Being kind to others does make you 'slightly happier'


The claim that 'helping makes you happy' has become a staple of pop psychology and self-help manuals. Performing 'random acts of kindness' has been touted as a sure-fire way of boosting your mood — doing good makes you feel good, as well as benefiting others.

mobile learning technology

Using mobile learning technology to improve access to healthcare in East Africa

The University of Oxford has led a project developing mobile applications designed to advance the training and supervision of community health workers in Kenya


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