12 May 2017

Scientists unlock secret of chromosome copier

University of Dundee scientists have solved a mystery concerning one of the most fundamental processes in cell biology, in a new discovery that they hope may help to tackle cancer one day. The process by which cells copy their own chromosomes and then make new cells is vital to all of life. Chromosomes contain the genetic blueprint that makes us what we are and this information must be copied perfectly for new cells to survive and carry out their function. When the copying process goes wrong, it can lead to cancer as abnormal cells are created. Proteins in the cell combine to build a molecular ‘machi...

Scientists unlock secret of chromosome copier

11 May 2017

Botanic Garden calls for budding writers and artists

The Friends of the Dundee University Botanic Garden are offering local writers, artists and photographers the opportunity to be published in a new anthology. The anthology will showcase local short stories, poems, art and photography inspired by the gardens which draw more than 80,000 visitors every year. Free garden tours with refreshments will be held four times throughout the year to enable anyone interested to focus on their submission. The first tour of the Botanic Garden takes place this Saturday, 13th May between 10 - 4pm. Chair of the Friends Mark McGilchrist said, “The Botanic Gardens have p...

Botanic Garden calls for budding writers and artists

11 May 2017

Students 'University Challenge' for historic team

Dundee’s historic University Challenge champions from the 1980s will return to the city next week to take on the students set to represent the University in next years’ television series. The 1983 side became the second only Scottish team to win the competition, a record that hasn’t been added to since. They will once again flex their mental muscles when they return to campus for the University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations on Saturday, 20th May. Three of the 1983 team, James A. Smith (Economics and Politics), Graeme Davidson (Law) and Peter Burt (Zoology) will be joined by Tom Mc...

Students 'University Challenge' for historic team

10 May 2017

Dundee scientists help provide UK stem cell resource

One of the largest sets of high quality human induced pluripotent stem cell lines from healthy individuals has been produced by a consortium led by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and involving the researchers from the School of Life Sciences at Dundee.  Comprehensively annotated and available for independent research, the hundreds of stem cell lines are a powerful resource for scientists studying human development and disease, the authors report in the journal Nature. With collaborative partners from King’s College London, the European Bioinformatics Institute, the University of Dundee...

Dundee scientists help provide UK stem cell resource

10 May 2017

‘Protein missile’ raises possibility of disease breakthroughs

University of Dundee researchers have shown that it is possible to rapidly target and destroy specific proteins in cells, raising the possibility of developing new ways of targeting ‘undruggable’ proteins in diseases. Proteins, known as the building blocks of life, are vital to our existence and are found in every cell on Earth. They come in a huge variety of forms and perform a wide range of functions, including defending against diseases. In the vast majority of human diseases, amplification or genetic mutations alter the protein function in cells and this is what causes the damage that disea...

‘Protein missile’ raises possibility of disease breakthroughs