Scientific evidence that informed UK Government’s response to COVID-19 31 May 2021Scientific evidence that was used to inform the UK government’s key policies impacting millions of people during the first wave of COVID-19 including the rule of six and the first national stay-at-home order is published today [31 May] in the journal of the Royal Society. The Special Theme issue is compiled and guest edited by SPI-M scientists including infectious disease modellers Drs Ellen Brooks Pollock and Leon Danon at the University of Bristol.
Many of us could carry extra fat due to a change in a single gene27 May 2021New research has found that one in every 340 people might carry a mutation in a single gene that makes them more likely to have a greater weight from early childhood and, by 18 years of age, they could be up to 30 pounds heavier with the excess weight likely to be mostly fat.
New £6.3M deep tech incubator set to open in Bristol27 May 2021A new 30,000 sq. ft Science Creates deep tech incubator is set to open in the heart of Bristol thanks to a £6.3 million investment from the University of Bristol, Research England, and private investors. Construction works on the new facility, that will house some of the city’s most innovative science and engineering companies, have reached the final phase.
Patient reporting of possible cancer symptoms to GPs fell during first wave of pandemic25 May 2021The number of patients aged over 50 reporting possible cancer symptoms to their GPs fell during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, a study at the University of Bristol published in BMJ Open today [25 May] has found. The reduction in reporting was most pronounced for common symptoms, which rarely indicate cancer. It was also significant for 'alarm' symptoms, which are more likely to indicate cancer in older age groups, though most of the time they don’t.
Researchers find Greenland glacial meltwaters rich in mercury24 May 2021New research shows concentrations of the toxic element mercury in rivers and fjords connected to the Greenland Ice Sheet are comparable to rivers in industrial China, an unexpected finding raising questions about the effects of glacial melting in an area that is a major exporter of seafood.
Fascination of Plants Day: What are the important questions for plant science research? 18 May 2021What are the most important challenges for plant science research? Today [18 May] is the first-ever virtual Fascination of Plants Day and researchers from the University of Bristol and The New Phytologist would like to find out from members of the public and academia, farmers, policy makers, funding bodies and industry what issues plant science research should tackle.
Gordon Clarke, 1929-202118 May 2021Gordon Clarke, who retired from the University’s Mechanical Engineering Department in 1994, sadly passed away recently at the age of 93. Colleagues in the School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (CAME) offer this remembrance.
Aerosol generating procedures: are they of relevance for transmission of SARS-CoV-2?7 May 2021Emerging evidence indicates that many currently defined aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) are unlikely to play any significant role in the generation of infectious aerosol that poses a risk to hospital staff. In a comment article published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine today [6 May] a research team from the University of Bristol discusses AGPs and the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a healthcare setting.
New study sheds light on the deep evolutionary origins of the human smile6 May 2021The origins of a pretty smile have long been sought in the fearsome jaws of living sharks which have been considered living fossils reflecting the ancestral condition for vertebrate tooth development and inference of its evolution. However, this view ignores real fossils which more accurately reflect the nature of ancient ancestors.