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26th September 2014

New Fellowship tackling Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr Jo Brooks has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Clinical Training Fellowship, to fund her PhD studies on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Through this Fellowship, Jo is hoping to better understand how people go from having a normal healthy bowel to suffering from IBD....

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17th September 2014

Schools’ giant jellies set for Norwich

The Institute of Food Research is issuing its annual challenge to schools to see who can use their food physics skills to best effect, in constructing the tallest possible jelly. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, as most jellies struggle to top 10cm....

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16th September 2014

Updated food composition reference book published

‘McCance & Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods’ contains nutritional information on almost 1200 items, providing the most recent data on the foods currently eaten in the UK diet. “This is a major update and release of one of the most used and cited reference...

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10th September 2014

New insights into botulism toxin

A recent study from the Institute of Food Research has uncovered new information about the genes Clostridium botulinum uses to produce its deadly toxin. An analysis of closely related strains of one particular type of C. botulinum showed that the toxin genes are carried...

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4th September 2014

New technology to help combat food fraud

The Institute of Food Research (IFR), working with Oxford Instruments, has developed a new, rapid testing regime based upon benchtop NMR that can distinguish between different species of animal, based on fatty acids extracted from cuts of meat. This machine provides a fast and...

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20th August 2014

The Orange Juice and Cardiovascular Disease Study

We need your help on the Orange Juice and Cardiovascular Disease Study Over 2 million people are affected by heart disease in the UK each year. Diet and lifestyle choices are major factors in deciding how likely we are to develop a problem. There is evidence...

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5th August 2014

Machine learning advances help to tackle cancer

A new technique has been developed at the Institute of Food Research, which is helping to understand how epigenetic marks relate to the risk of developing cancer. Epigenetic marks are changes to our genome, that don’t alter the genes themselves but affect whether they...

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24th July 2014

Fighting bacteria – with viruses

Research published in PLOS Pathogens reveals how viruses called bacteriophages destroy the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. diff), which is becoming a serious problem in hospitals and healthcare institutes, due to its resistance to antibiotics. The study, by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory...

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23rd July 2014

Life Sciences Minister tours The Biorefinery Centre

George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences, concluded a visit to the Norwich Research Park on 23rd July with a session at the Biorefinery Centre. He engaged in state-of-the-art biomass-to-biofuel processing activities with an active demonstration of the steam explosion plant, and had discussions...

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22nd July 2014

New analysis of how we metabolise folic acid risks overexposure

A new study has shown that synthetic folic acid, the form taken in folic acid supplements we can buy over the counter, is not processed by the body in the same way as natural folates, the form found in green vegetables. This can lead...

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