Tag Archives: University of Leicester

Studies on the Genome Structure of Neurovirulent and Attenuated Polioviruses – a BLAST from the past

In 1979 a young researcher blundered into a laboratory and began working towards a PhD. Four years later, he emergerd blinking into the sunlight and headed off to California for a while. This is the story of those years, which … Continue reading

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Introducing SciReadr.com

SciReadr.com is based on the reading list for students the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Leicester. We know that students don’t read the books we suggest on the reading list, so the University of Leicester Student Experience … Continue reading

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Picking holes in pneumococcus

Microbiologists at the University of Leicester have worked on Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) for many years. This research is now starting to pave the way for more effective vaccines against this pathogen. The pneumococcus is a pathogen of global significance, responsible … Continue reading

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Microbiology Clearing at Leicester

There won’t be any formal clearing for Microbiology places at Leicester this year because basically, we’re full. (If you’re holding a place and haven’t responded yet, please contact us as quickly as possible.) The UK government caps the number of … Continue reading

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When you're hot, you're hot

Guardian University Guide 2011: Biosciences Related: Study at the University of Leicester 25 years of DNA fingerprinting This ain’t no flash in the pan – Guardian University Guide 2010 – Biosciences

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Microbiology Anyone?

Over on our Facebook page, Heather Collins asked: And another question – why do so few (UK) universities have microbiology departments these days? There’s been a trend towards bigger academic units, and disciplines who can’t recruit enough students tend to … Continue reading

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25 years of DNA fingerprinting

Exactly 25 years ago today, Alec Jeffreys, Professor of Genetics at the University of Leicester discovered a technique that has subsequently had an incalculable effect on society, helping to solve criminal cases, resolve immigration arguments and clarify questions of paternity, … Continue reading

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The good news about influenza

With the fall in H1N1 “swine flu” influenza cases recently, it has become fashionable for the media to run “What was all the fuss about” stories on the same page as “OMG, it’s going to be bad” stories. The problem … Continue reading

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The Enzyme Club

“In my day” i.e. when I started my PhD back in 197<cough>, the first few weeks were spent joining the Enzyme Club. This encompassed all the biomedical researchers at the University of Leicester. Each new student would prepare a batch … Continue reading

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