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YES!: CLS Postgrads win the Scottish heat of the Biotechnology (YES) Young Entrepreneurs Scheme

A team of postgraduate students from the College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee has won the Scottish round of the Biotechnology Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) qualifying them for the finals in London in December. Biotechnology YES is an innovative competition developed to raise awareness of the commercialisation of bioscience ideas among postgraduate students and postdoctoral scientists. This is the first time a Scottish team has made it through to the finals.

Rare Skin Disease Gene Uncovered

A new gene and the way it works has been identified as a factor in a skin disease which affects thousands of people in the UK.

An international research team led by Professor Irwin McLean at the University of Dundee found that the `p34 gene’ played a key role in causing the disease punctate PPK, which gives sufferers dots of hard, thickened skin which can cause pain and discomfort.