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'A pangenome of an agronomically important crop plant Brassica oleracea'

This paper, published in Nature Communications on 11 November 2016, highlights our involvement in the multinational Brassica community and illustrates how we are at the forefront of the application of novel molecular methods for improving crop breeding. Brassica oleracea remains one of the most important group of horticultural vegetables worldwide with significant economic value. It is also associated with major health benefits.

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Food securityPublic Science Events:
Tuesday 7 February 'Food Security - keeping plant pathogens at bay'
Tuesday 2 May 'The Microbiome'

On Friday 25 November 2016, Professor Kevin Moffat led a Public Science screening of the critically acclaimed arthouse film ‘The Fly Room’. This film centered around the famous Fly Room at the University of Columbia, run by Dr Thomas Hunt Morgan. It was here that the basic laws that govern heritability and the passing of traits were discovered – work that would eventually win their lab a Nobel Prize in 1933 and formed the foundation of the genetic discoveries that continue today. The focus of the film was on Dr Calvin Bridges and his daughter Betsy, and how their relationship evolved after a father-daughter visit to the lab. This film mixed science and arts in an attempt to not only engage the audience with the scientific story of genetics but also the social story about the relationship between a father and daughter.

After the film showing a Q&A with the director Alexis Gambis was held. Following that, a poster discussion about current Drosophila research from various West Midlands genetics researchers took place.

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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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Impact

Researchers in the School of Life Sciences are developing state-of-the-art devices that can be used as rapid and accurate diagnostic tools by clinicians.

Biosensor Innovation

Biosensors for emergency clinical diagnosis

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

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