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Discovery of a druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein could stop virus in its tracks 21 September 2020 A druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein that could be used to stop the virus from infecting human cells has been discovered by an international team of scientists led by the University of Bristol. The researchers say their findings, published today [21 September] in the journal Science, are a potential 'game changer' in defeating the current pandemic and add that small molecule anti-viral drugs developed to target the pocket they discovered could help eliminate COVID-19.
  • Discovery of a druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein could stop virus in its tracks 21 September 2020 A druggable pocket in the SARS-CoV-2 Spike protein that could be used to stop the virus from infecting human cells has been discovered by an international team of scientists led by the University of Bristol. The researchers say their findings, published today [21 September] in the journal Science, are a potential 'game changer' in defeating the current pandemic and add that small molecule anti-viral drugs developed to target the pocket they discovered could help eliminate COVID-19.
  • Do rats like to be tickled? 21 September 2020 Not all rats like to be tickled but by listening to their vocalisations it is possible to understand in real-time their individual emotional response, according to new research by the University of Bristol. The study, published today [21 September] in Current Biology, suggests that if this same relationship is observed for other situations, then it may be possible to use call patterns in rats to measure their emotional response and understand how best to improve their welfare.
  • Modelling of ancient fossil movement reveals step in the evolution of posture in dinosaur and crocodile ancestors 21 September 2020 Scientists from the University of Bristol and the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) used three-dimensional computer modelling to investigate the hindlimb of Euparkeria capensis–a small reptile that lived in the Triassic Period 245 million years ago–and inferred that it had a “mosaic” of functions in locomotion.
  • Bristol rises two places in Good University Guide 2021 18 September 2020 The University of Bristol has risen two places to 13th out of 131 UK universities in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.
  • Discovery of a new mass extinction 16 September 2020 It’s not often a new mass extinction is identified; after all, such events were so devastating they really stand out in the fossil record.
  • World’s largest ever DNA sequencing of Viking skeletons reveals they weren’t all Scandinavian 16 September 2020 Invaders, pirates, warriors – the history books taught us Vikings were brutal predators who travelled by sea from Scandinavia to pillage and raid their way across Europe and beyond.
  • 9/11 can teach us how to support those bereaved during COVID-19, researchers find 16 September 2020 Researchers from a leading end-of-life charity have looked to 9/11 and other mass death events for approaches to support people bereaved through COVID-19.
  • Positive reaction to Somerset study into the best way to prevent domestic abuse 16 September 2020 A Somerset study into the most effective way to tackle domestic abuse has received a positive response from its first participants. Barnardo's in Somerset has been funded by the University of Bristol to deliver weekly groups to local men and improve safety for their partners, ex-partners and children.
  • Slower growing chickens experience higher welfare, commercial scale study finds 16 September 2020 Slower growing broiler chickens are healthier and have more fun than conventional breeds of birds, new evidence from an independent commercial scale farm trial has shown. The study carried out by researchers from FAI Farms, the University of Bristol and The Norwegian University of Life Sciences, is published today [16 September], in Scientific Reports.
  • Stopping the spread of coronavirus in universities 14 September 2020 As universities prepare to welcome students back, infectious disease modelling experts at the University of Bristol have conducted a rapid review and developed a new epidemic model which contributed to evidence considered by SAGE to assess the effectiveness of different interventions that could stop the spread of Sars-CoV-2 in a university setting. The findings, published on the preprint server medRxiv, provides the sector with recommendations to help reduce the risk for students, staff and the wider community.
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