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Scientists create first living organism that transmits added letters in DNA ‘alphabet’

    Scientists create first living organism that transmits added letters in DNA ‘alphabet’

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have engineered a bacterium whose genetic material includes an added pair of DNA “letters,” or bases, not found in nature. The cells of

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Research shows yawning may cool the brain.

    Research shows yawning may cool the brain.

Common belief is that yawning helps to increase the oxygen supply. However, previous research has failed to show an association between yawning and blood oxygen levels. New research by a

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Pharmaceutical firm creating 50 jobs in Dublin

    Pharmaceutical firm creating 50 jobs in Dublin

BioMarin Manufacturing Ireland, a subsidiary of BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., is to add the positions at its Dublin Global Commercial Operations Hub. The expansion follows the announcement earlier this week that

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Jobs boost for North West as Letterkenny IT announces 60 research posts

    Jobs boost for North West as Letterkenny IT announces 60 research posts

More than 60 high-end science and technology research jobs, as well as 55 construction jobs, will be created at the new 20,000 sq-foot Science Park building at Letterkenny Institute of

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Pfizer opens $30m lab at Ringaskiddy

    Pfizer opens $30m lab at Ringaskiddy

  Pfizer has opened a new $30 million unit at its Ringaskiddy facility. The New Product Technology Laboratory will allow the Cork plant to begin making drugs from the company’s R&D pipeline for

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Irish scientists to get €47m for new research projects

    Irish scientists to get €47m for new research projects

More than 200 scientists in Ireland are to receive a total of almost €50 million in funding for new research projects over the next five years. The money is coming

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Origin of Huntington’s disease found in brain; insights to help deliver therapy

    Origin of Huntington’s disease found in brain; insights to help deliver therapy

The gene mutation that causes Huntington’s disease appears in every cell in the body, yet kills only two types of brain cells. Why? UCLA scientists used a unique approach to

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Study finds, drinking more coffee may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes

    Study finds, drinking more coffee may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes

New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) shows that increasing coffee consumption by on average one and half cups per day (approx 360ml)

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5 Healthy habits that reduce dementia risk

    5 Healthy habits that reduce dementia risk

There are five healthy behaviours that appear to significantly reduce the risk of dementia, according to a 35-year study that monitored men’s health habits. Those habits are: Regular exercise No

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First sex-determining genes appeared in mammals some 180 million years ago

    First sex-determining genes appeared in mammals some 180 million years ago

Man or woman? Male or female? In humans and other mammals, the difference between sexes depends on one single element of the genome: the Y chromosome. It is present only

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‘Spaceship’ viruses that can kill e.coli in food

    ‘Spaceship’ viruses that can kill e.coli in food

Treating food products with select bacteriophages—viruses that target and kill bacteria—could significantly reduce concentrations of E. coli, a new study shows. In the study, an injection of bacteriophages—also known informally as

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DO ANIMALS WITH GERM PLASM EVOLVE FASTER?

    DO ANIMALS WITH GERM PLASM EVOLVE FASTER?

New research suggests that genes evolve more rapidly in vertebrate species that have germ plasm as a part of their reproductive process. The study, published in Science, tests a novel theory

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Enterprise Ireland teams up with Mayo Clinic in ‘ready for market’ deal

    Enterprise Ireland teams up with Mayo Clinic in ‘ready for market’ deal

Early stage medical treatments and devices – invented at the Mayo Clinic in the US – are to be developed into ready for market products by Irish academic institutions under

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President Higgins Visits The Royal Society London To Celebrate Scientific Links Between Ireland and The United Kingdom

    President  Higgins  Visits The Royal Society London To Celebrate Scientific Links Between Ireland and The United Kingdom

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins today visited the Royal Society and attended an event to celebrate the scientific links between Ireland and the United Kingdom. The historic event gathered

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Living organ regenerated for first time: Thymus rebuilt in mice

    Living organ regenerated for first time: Thymus rebuilt in mice

  A team of scientists at the University of Edinburgh has succeeded in regenerating a living organ for the first time. The team rebuilt the thymus — an organ in

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New €7.5m Cancer Research Fund Established

    New €7.5m Cancer Research Fund Established

  Monday 7th April: The Irish Cancer Society and Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) have today announced a partnership that aims to support the establishment of a new Collaborative Cancer Research

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Synthetic Biology Future event coming to Cork

    Synthetic Biology Future event coming to Cork

On 13 March, Cork will welcome some of the world’s leading experts in one of the most exciting sciences of the 21st century, synthetic biology, with the launch of the

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Clinical Trials Group Venn Buys Synthetic Skin Technology

    Clinical Trials Group Venn Buys Synthetic Skin Technology

Clinical research group Venn Life Sciences has moved to address an EU ban on cosmetic and skincare products tested on animals by acquiring the intellectual property rights to a synthetic

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Pfizer and SFI Announce Public-Private Partnership

    Pfizer and SFI Announce Public-Private Partnership

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Pfizer today announce a unique new partnership that aims to promote new biotherapeutic breakthroughs in Ireland, through an academic-industry collaboration. The SFI-Pfizer Biotherapeutics Innovation Award

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Gencell Signs $12m Deal to Develop Screening System

    Gencell Signs $12m Deal to Develop Screening System

Limerick-based genetic research firm GenCell Biosystems has signed a $12 million agreement with Brazil’s Institute of Molecular Biology of Paraná and the Fiocruz Public Health Foundation to develop new screening

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CMV to Create 30 Jobs in Co Offaly

    CMV to Create 30 Jobs in Co Offaly

Irish clean tech firm CMV is to create 30 jobs in Co Offaly, after signing a deal with US-based H2envirO to roll out its Elimbac product in North America and

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New Study to Investigate Benefits of Online Treatment of Anxiety and Depression

    New Study to Investigate Benefits of Online Treatment of Anxiety and Depression

The Trinity College Dublin (TCD) School of Psychology has begun the search for participants in a trial to see whether anxiety and/or depression can be treated online. The project is

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Irish Firm Invents ‘Cool Brain’ Device That Could Save Lives

    Irish Firm Invents ‘Cool Brain’ Device That Could Save Lives

A Louth-based firm in collaboration with researchers from Trinity College Dublin has invented a ‘Cool Brain’ device designed to cool the brain in the event of a stroke, heart attack

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First International School of Biomedical Diagnostics Breaking New Ground

    First International School of Biomedical Diagnostics Breaking New Ground

Arizona State University (ASU) and Dublin City University (DCU), Dublin, Ireland – are joining forces to create the new International

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Scientists Discover New Cellular Process Leading to Lung Fibrosis

    Scientists Discover New Cellular Process Leading to Lung Fibrosis

Scientists in Trinity College Dublin have identified a new process that causes scarring in the lungs of patients with idiopathic

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Researchers Looking at Properties of Seaweed in Fight Against Diseases

    Researchers Looking at Properties of Seaweed in Fight Against Diseases

Researchers from Wales are looking into the effects of seaweed in fighting diseases, including therapies for conditions such as cystic

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New stem cell discovery made – but Ireland “far behind” with legislation

    New stem cell discovery made – but Ireland “far behind” with legislation

NEW RESEARCH FROM Japan shows that stem cells can be made by ‘shocking’ blood cells by dipping them into acid

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Ireland’s first stem cell production lab opens in NUI Galway

    Ireland’s first stem cell production lab opens in NUI Galway

The science community of Ireland has broken new ground with the announcement of the country’s first stem cell manufacturing facility

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Google’s next big thing: a tiny smart contact lens for diabetes patients

    Google’s next big thing: a tiny smart contact lens for diabetes patients

Google’s next big thing is actually quite tiny: a smart contact lens with an embedded circuit board that measures the

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First International School of Biomedical Diagnostics Breaking New Ground

    First International School of Biomedical Diagnostics Breaking New Ground

Dublin City University (DCU) and Arizona State University (ASU) – are joining forces to create the new International School of

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Abbott develops diagnostic test to speed up heart attack treatment

    Abbott develops diagnostic test to speed up heart attack treatment

Global healthcare company Abbott has developed a new diagnostic test which could allow doctors to diagnose and treat heart attacks

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EU Joint Progross-Disease Aramme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)

    EU Joint Progross-Disease Aramme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)

European research projects for Cnalysis of Pathways related to Neurodegenerative Diseases The aim of the JPND Cross-Disease Analysis of Pathways

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Two Galway companies take away €150,000 prize fund

    Two Galway companies take away €150,000 prize fund

Best Early Stage company Westway Health in process of developing revolutionary new non-antibiotic solution for bovine mastitis and New Start

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RCSI led EU consortium receives €8.7 million funding to develop materials to regenerate cardiac tissue following heart attacks

    RCSI led EU consortium receives €8.7 million funding to develop materials to regenerate cardiac tissue following heart attacks

Irish led Advanced Materials for Cardiac Regeneration (AMCARE) brings together ten European industry and academic partners to tackle the number

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