Could the food we eat affect our genes? Study in yeast suggests this may be the case

11 Feb 2016

Almost all of our genes may be influenced by the food we eat, according to new research published in the journal Nature Microbiology. The study, carried out in yeast – which can be used to model some of the body’s fundamental processes – shows that while the activity of our genes influences our metabolism, the opposite is also true and the nutrients available to cells influence our genes.

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University Honorary Degrees 2016

10 Feb 2016

The University Council has submitted to the Regent House, the University's Governing Body, the names of eight renowned individuals from the worlds of sport, the arts, business, medicine and architecture, seeking authority for their admission to Higher Doctorates honoris causa at a Congregation in the Senate House on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at which the Chancellor, Lord Sainsbury of Turville, will preside.

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The language and literature of chastity

09 Feb 2016

In her debut book, Dr Bonnie Lander Johnson (Faculty of English) shows how deeply the Christian virtue of chastity was embedded into the culture of the early Stuart world.  In the struggle between the newly established Church of England and Roman Catholicism, chastity was a powerful construct that was both personal and political.

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Wolf species have ‘howling dialects’

08 Feb 2016

Largest quantitative study of howling, and first to use machine learning, defines different howl types and finds that wolves use these types more or less depending on their species, resembling a howling dialect. Researchers say findings could help conservation efforts and shed light on the earliest evolution of our own use of language.

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