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16. Premature babies in asthma risk

Premature babies in asthma risk Date: 30 Jan 2014The worldwide study of more than 1.5 million children found that the risk of developing asthma, or asthma-like symptoms, after a pre-term birth was higher than previously thought.The research also discovered that the risk of developing asthmatic symptoms was the same for pre-school and school-age children – showing that children born prematurely did not outgrow it.Click here for articleSource: The Scotsman

17. UK economy growing at fastest rate since 2007

UK economy growing at fastest rate since 2007 Date: 30 Jan 2014But growth in gross domestic product (GDP) for the fourth quarter slipped to 0.7%, down from 0.8% in the previous quarter, it said. And economic output is still 1.3% below its 2008 first quarter level, "We've seen growth in most parts of the economy," said Joe Grice, chief economist at the ONS.Responding to the figures, Chancellor George Osborne said: "These numbers are a boost for the economic security of hard-working people. I

18. AstraZeneca Completes the Acquisition of Bristol-Myers Squibb Share of

AstraZeneca Completes the Acquisition of Bristol-Myers Squibb Share of Global Diabetes Alliance   Date: 03 Feb 2014AstraZeneca today announced that it completed, on 1 February 2014, the acquisition of the entirety of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s interests in the companies’ diabetes alliance.As previously announced, the acquisition gives AstraZeneca ownership of the intellectual property and global rights for the development, manufacture and commercialisation of the di

19. UK establishes three new synthetic biology research centres

UK establishes three new synthetic biology research centresDate: 30 Jan 2014Three new multidisciplinary research centres in synthetic biology will be established in Bristol, Nottingham and through a Cambridge/Norwich partnership, thanks to funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).The £40M+ investment will be formally announced by Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts toni

20. Genomics – a new dawn

Genomics – a new dawn Date: 30 Jan 2014Mention genomics and, for many people, large, heavily-funded international consortia, such as the human genome project, spring to mind. Today, the ready availability of second- and third-generation sequencing platforms, means that it is possible for individual labs to sequence whole genomes – be they human, plant or microorganism – in a matter of hours and for a fraction of the cost. These advances are giving us a glimpse at

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