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Breathing molecule discovered: vital to treating respiratory conditions

Respiratory conditions could be better targeted and treated, thanks to the discovery of the vital molecule which regulates breathing – according to research by the University of Warwick.

Professor Nicholas Dale has exploited evolutionary principles to identify Connexin26 (Cx26) as a key molecule that reacts to CO2 in our bodies and activates breathing.

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Free Public Science Events:

Tuesday 2 May 'The Microbiome'


Undergraduate Open Days:
Friday 23 June
Saturday 24 June
Saturday 23 September
Saturday 21 October

Free Public Science evening on 7 February 2017: 'The Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust Warwick Food Security Lecture - keeping plant pathogens at bay'

Hosted by Professor Murray Grant, who took up the role of Elizabeth Creak Chair in Food Security in June 2016, the evening included demonstrations and talks explaining how our research strives to keep our food secure from the threat of climate change via pest management, pollinators, and whole plant imaging.

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bronze.pngThe School of Life Sciences has been recognised for its commitment to Athena SWAN in the achievement of a Bronze Award in 2013. This was renewed in April 2015 for a further three years.

"Athena SWAN is a central component of our culture and working practice and we continue to champion the development of a science department that provides collegiality and transparency to ensure equal opportunities for all"
Head of School, Professor Laura Green.

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Researchers are using cutting-edge technologies to understand how plants adapt to survive stresses such as drought and nutrient deficiencies. We are working with the agritech industry to develop new crop varieties with beneficial genetic traits.


Improving seed performance for the establishment of crops

More than 80% of research in the School was rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in REF2014