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Discovery of a gene that controls grain development may help control cereal yields

The productivity of cereal crops could get a boost in the future thanks to the discovery of new roles for a master gene regulator that influences the development of barley florets, furthering the understanding of grain development including impacts on grain shape and yield.

A new study from the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute, working with partners in the UK and Australia, has shown that a gene encoding a protein called HvAPETALA2 (HvAP2) has a role in the development of florets and grain.

£38 million investment in University spinout

Amphista Therapeutics, a University of Dundee spinout company, has announced a near-£40 million investment that will further its work to develop new drugs for a range of diseases.

Amphista is a biopharmaceutical company creating first-in-class therapeutics that harness the body’s natural processes to selectively and efficiently degrade and remove disease-causing proteins. The company is a spinout from Professor Alessio Ciulli’s labs at the University’s School of Life Sciences.

Mechanism that controls mRNA capping in gene regulation identified by Dundee interdisciplinary collaboration

Researchers at the University of Dundee have identified novel interaction sites on the mRNA Capping Enzyme that are essential for its activity. The results, which have implications for how gene expression is regulated in human cells and could lead to new treatment strategies for diseases such as cancer, are published in the journal Nucleic Acids Research.

Entrepreneur can “provide a glimpse” of Dundee’s future

A University of Dundee masterclass could help to inspire the city’s next generation of bio-entrepreneurs. Dr Deborah O’Neil, founder and CEO of leading clinical-stage biotechnology company Novabiotics, will be sharing her experiences in the world of business as host of the University’s latest Entrepreneurial Masterclass.

With more than two decades of experience in anti-infective drug discovery research and development, she will share the secrets of her success at "Actually Doing It - The Start of Your Journey as a Bio-Entrepreneur,” on Wednesday 17 March.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship Success for School

In the recent round of applications for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships, the School had a 100% success rate! Over the coming months, three scientists from across the globe will commence their new research projects. Angus Cowan from Melbourne, Australia and Claudia Diehl from Aachen, Germany will join Professor Alessio Ciulli’s lab while Angela Harrison, also from Melbourne, will join Professor Angus Lamond’s team.

Women in STEM take over Science Centre

A host of fun activities aimed at promoting STEM subjects to girls and young women launches in Dundee today.

As part of Dundee Women’s Festival (Friday 5 to Sunday 14 March 2021) and International Women’s Day (Monday 8 March 2021), Dundee Science Centre is teaming up with women scientists at the University of Dundee to promote STEM subjects to younger children.

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