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New Inspection Scheme For Farms, UK

April 01, 2020

A change in the approach to how farms are inspected will lead to significant savings in terms of time and costs for thousands of farms and local authorities around the country, while also benefiting consumers, the Food Standards Agency said today. The initiative, following EU legislation and developed by the Agency in partnership with local authorities and industry, involves membership of a recognised farm assurance scheme. This will mean a lower frequency of food hygiene inspections, thereby r...

CIRM Awards $5.9 Million To Burnham Institute

March 31, 2020

The Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham) will receive $ 5,925,878 in grants awarded from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) as part of the first research grants approved under Proposition 71, the Stem Cell Research and Cures Act, adopted by California voters in November 2004. The Independent Citizen's Oversight Committee, the governing body charged with implementing Proposition 71, approved the allocation of $45 million to fund 72 grants awarded under CIRM's S...

Significant Discovery About How The Body Defends Itself Against Snail Fever, A Parasitic Worm Infection Common In Developing Countries

March 30, 2020

Scientists have made a significant discovery about how the body defends itself against snail fever, a parasitic worm infection common in developing countries. Researchers studied the immune response in mice infected with snail fever parasites. They found that a particular type of immune cell, known as the dendritic cell, is responsible for triggering the immune system's defence against the invading parasite. The development, by scientists at the University of Edinburgh, could point towards new...

News From The Journals Of The American Society For Microbiology

March 29, 2020

New Compound May be Effective Against Chagas' Disease A new compound may offer an effective drug candidate against the deadly tropical infection, Chagas' disease say researchers from Brazil. They report their findings in the August 2010 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Chagas' disease is an infection caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and it affects approximately 18 million people and causes up to 50,000 deaths per year in tropical regions of the world. Human i...

Protecting Jet Engines From Volcanic Ash

March 28, 2020

Last year's $2 billion shutdown of European airspace following a volcanic eruption in Iceland alerted everyone to the danger that ash clouds can pose to aircraft engines. Now, researchers have discovered that a new class of ceramic coatings could offer jet engines special protection against volcanic ash damage in the future. For a study published online in the Early View edition of the journal Advanced Materials, the researchers tested two coatings that were originally developed to keep airbor...