Dr Mark Souter, 1962-202124 February 2022Dr Mark Souter, lecturer in the School of Education, died on Boxing Day 2021 after a short illness. His colleague Professor Paul Howard-Jones offers a remembrance.
New study of 46-million adults in England confirms blood clot risk with COVID-19 vaccine is very small22 February 2022The risk of blood clots after COVID-19 vaccinations is very low finds a new study of 46-million adults in England. The research, which involved University of Bristol academics, showed that people vaccinated with Oxford-AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech had a lower risk of all venous clots (such as deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism) and all arterial clots (such as strokes and heart attacks), particularly in people over 70 years.
Scientists engineer bacteria to cope in challenging environments 21 February 2022Researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Hamburg have engineered bacteria with internal nutrient reserves that can be accessed when needed to survive extreme environmental conditions. The findings, published in ACS Synthetic Biology, pave the way for more robust biotechnologies based on engineered microbes.
Advanced computer simulations shed intriguing new light on magma deep below Earth’s surface14 February 2022Unlike the classic Jules Verne science fiction novel Journey to the Center of the Earth or movie The Core, humans cannot venture into the Earth’s interior beyond a few kilometres of its surface. But thanks to latest advances in computer modelling, an international team of researchers led by the University of Bristol has shed new light on the properties and behaviour of magma found several hundreds of kilometres deep within the Earth.
Scientists breaking barriers to treating heart failure11 February 2022New technology that could radically improve the outlook for patients with serious heart conditions has been developed by scientists at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) and the Universities of Bristol and Bath together with Ceryx Medical Limited.
P53 protein plays a key role in tissue repair, study finds10 February 2022New research led by the University of Bristol has found the protein p53 plays a key role in epithelial migration and tissue repair. The findings could improve our understanding of the processes used by cells to repair tissues, and be used to identify interventions that could accelerate and improve wound repair.
Widely-used hormone drug associated with increased risk of benign brain tumour at high doses4 February 2022High doses of a widely-used drug used in the hormonal treatment of conditions such as excessive hair growth, early puberty, prostate cancer are linked to an increased risk of meningioma — the most common type of benign brain tumour, finds a University of Bristol-led study of over 8 million patients. The study is published in Scientific Reports today [4 February].
When Europe was flooded by the oceans4 February 2022About 200 million years ago, much of Europe was transformed by a huge flood. What had been land, occupied by early dinosaurs and other reptiles, was covered by shallow seawater, from Poland in the east to Wales and south-west England in the west.