News Round-up November 8th-14th








Hello, and welcome to the #bioscinews round-up! This is the place where you can find all the important biosci new stories from the past week, in a short, digestible paragraph.

This week’s news

Farmers living near big cats may not need to worry about loss of livestock, so long as the local ecosystem is balanced. Wild big cats seem to prefer wild animals to farm animals, and will only hunt the latter if food is otherwise in short supply.

Big Cats

Researchers have been trialling the use of antibodies to treat Alzheimer’s in humans, but recent studies in mice question whether this is a feasible treatment. The author’s found that the antibodies break up the amyloid-beta plaques, the protein build-up that causes Alzheimer’s, but the release of this protein can over-stimulate neurons until they die.

Alzheimer's drug causing more harm than good-

Nanoparticles hold some hope for cancer treatments in the future, especially for individually tailored treatments, but these can be difficult and expensive to produce. Algae can be genetically modified to produce nanoparticles, and this can help reduce the production cost for potential future cancer treatments.

Credit: Wikipedia user Wipeter

Credit: Wikipedia user Wipeter


We hope you enjoyed this week’s news round-up, thanks for reading!

Devon Smith, The University of Sheffield, @devoncaira

Julie Blommaert, The University of Innsbruck, @jblommaert92

Kakapo: The Owl Parrot

Glancing through the Internet, as I do many times a day, I came across an interesting website: the ARKive. It is a non-profit initiative dedicated to providing public awareness and education about the conservation of many diverse species across the World. It was created by the charity Wildscreen, initially to record and document the wonders of all species found on Earth. They work alongside Google, WWF and IUCN to ensure there is a free resource accessible to everyone, detailing the features and fascinating personalities of the many species with live amongst. ARKive recently celebrated their 10th Anniversary, and to mark the event, they decided to hold a vote for the World’s most favourite species. And the number 1 choice was a species I knew very little about, so I thought I’d share my findings with you…

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