2014 Archive

5 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

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24 July 2014

Fighting bacteria – with viruses

Research has revealed how viruses called bacteriophages destroy the bacterium Clostridium difficile, which is becoming a serious problem in hospitals and healthcare institutes, due to its resistance to antibiotics. 

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23 July 2014

Life Sciences Minister tours Biorefinery Centre

George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences, toured the Biorefinery Centre on a visit to the Norwich Research Park

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23 July 2014

Minister opens landmark new Centrum building at Norwich Research Park

Minister for Life Sciences George Freeman has opened a landmark new building in Norwich that will enable businesses to interact with the best scientific and research minds in areas such as food, health, energy and the environment. 

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22 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. 

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3 July 2014

Year 10 students gets Insight into the life of a scientist

15 year old student Phoebe Ellwood from Framingham Earl High Scoool has been spending the week on the Year 10 Science Camp, which is designed to give an inspirational insight into life as a scientist at the Norwich Research Park. She spent part of this time working with Dr Joanne Doleman from the Institute of Food Research, as well as the IFR Communications Team, where she blogged about her day in the lab

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26 June 2014

Cutting sugar intake

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN)  has today published its draft report on Carbohydrates and Health. Public Health England (PHE) have also published a response, ‘Sugar Reduction: Responding to the Challenge.’ Ian Johnson, from the Institute of Food Research, is a member of the SACN working group on Carbohydrates and Health.

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17 June 2014

Optimising mushroom spawn production in Uganda

Scientists at the Institute of Food Research are helping in the expansion and diversification of mushroom cultivation in Uganda.

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16 June 2014

Don’t wash raw chicken – Food Safety Week 2014

The Institute of Food Research fully backs the Food Standards Agency’s call for people to stop washing raw chicken, to reduce the risk of contracting Campylobacter. The message, being launched in Food Safety Week, is a crucial part in a strategy to reduce the estimated 280,000 cases of food poisoning that Campylobacter causes annually in the UK.

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5 June 2014

Bacillus cereus

Bacillus cereus are bacteria that cause serious illness in humans. Many cases of illness related to Bacillus cereus are caused by eating contaminated foods. 

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