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News in Brief

Anglo-Nordic venture


Norwegian and UK innovation teams have signed a collaboration agreement to help meet the increasing demand for sustainable sources of fuel, food and industrial chemicals.

Closer ties between the US and EU


The American Chamber of Commerce has called for closer ties between the US and the EU and a loosening of visa restrictions on scientists.

Endocrine regulation


Researchers in the US and Canada have shown that bone acts as a regulator of fertility in male mice – the first evidence that the skeleton is an endocrine regulator of reproduction.

EU BPA bottle ban


The EU-wide ban on the manufacture of baby bottles containing bisphenol A (BPA) became law on the 1 March 2011.

Food and nutrition research given a boost


UK food and nutrition research is being given a £6.25m boost by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC.

GSK student fees deal


Drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is hoping to attract UK graduates with the promise of reimbursing all their uncapped tuition fees.

Lab test for cancer


Dogs are able to detect prostate cancer by sniffing human urine, according to researchers at the University Paris VI, France.

Promising results


Austrian biotech firm AFFiRiS has reported promising preliminary results from its Phase 1 trial of an Alzheimer’s disease vaccine.

Swifter and sounder testing required


In a letter to the journal Science, eight US scientific societies called for ‘swifter and sounder’ testing and review procedures for chemicals.