Scientists get £4m to develop ‘designer bacteria’

As reported by Pharma Express, scientists at the University of Glasgow have received £4m from the UK Government to help them develop ‘designer bacteria’.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has distributed funds through the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council with the overall aim of making the UK a world leader in research and application of synthetic biology.

The cash boost will be invested to help scientists and researchers in the Institute of Molecular, System and Cell Biology to develop tools for the production of useful strains of micro-organisms. The Glasgow scientists will use a family of enzymes called recombinases which act as molecular ‘scissors and glue’ for DNA. These will allow the researchers to cut the strands at precisely defined positions and ‘paste’ a new sequence into the gap. The researchers will also use the technology to ‘teach’ cells to count and keep a record of the number they have counted up to in their DNA.

The £4m for the project, which is being led by Prof Stark and his colleagues Dr Sean Colloms and Dr Susan Rosser, will also fund researchers at Aberdeen, York and Nottingham Universities.

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, said, “Synthetic biology could provide solutions to the global challenges we face and offers significant growth opportunities in a range of important sectors from health to energy. However, the commercialisation of basic science is largely untapped. This investment will help to ensure that academics and industry can realise its full potential.”

 

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Two Scientists Win Largest Technology Award

As reported by the BBC News, two scientists have been awarded the Millenium Technology Prize for their scientific contributions to improving the quality of human life and in encouraging sustainable development.

Two Scientists Win Largest Technology Award in the WorldAwarded once every two years, the Millenium Technology Prize is the largest technology prize in the world. This is the first time the prize has been awarded to two scientists, Dr Shinya Yamanaka and Linus Torvalds. The two winners split the 1.2m euros prize.

Dr Shinya Yamanaka

Dr Shinya Yamanaka is a stem cell scientist who discovered how to program human cells to mimic embryonic stem cells. These cells can become any cell in the body. This is called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. The scientists discovery will now contribute to the development of regenerative medicine.

Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds created a new open source operating system for computers.

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Scientists develop robotic fish to combat pollution

As reported by the BBC, European scientists have developed robotic fish which detects contamination and pollution in water.

The pollution-hunting fish is 1.5 metres long and cost £20,000 for the scientists to develop. It is fitted with sensors which pick up pollutants leaking from ships or undersea pipelines. In fact, the fish reduced the time it takes to detect pollutants from weeks to seconds. Scientists develop robotic fish to combat pollutionThe fish can communicate with each other, avoid obstacles, map their journey and transmit their data back to shore. Currently undertaking first trials in northern Spain, modifications will then be made to improve the large yellow fish.

Speaking of the pollution detecting project, Luke Speller, Senior Scientist as the research division of technology consultancy, the BMT Group stated, “The idea is that we want to have real-time monitoring of pollution, so that if someone is dumping chemicals or something is leaking, we can get to it straight away, find out what is causing the problem and put a stop to it.”

The project has part-funded by the EU and used expertise from scientists from the University of Essex and the University of Strathclyde. Further input came from the technology consultancy, the BMT Group and from the Tyndall National Institute and Thales Safare, which is a unit of Europe’s largest defence electronics group.

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Sutton scientist wins Cancer Research UK fellowship

As reported by The Sutton Guardian, a scientist from Sutton as won a fellowship with Cancer Research UK fellowship.

The scientist, Dr Gerhardt Attard works at the Institute of Cancer Research and at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. He was awarded one of four Cancer Research fellowships and £615,000 to help him develop his career.

In total, Cancer Research UK awarded three million pounds to four UK cancer researchers,

Attard’s fellowship will help support his research into finding new ways to detect and treat advanced prostate cancer.

Dr Attard said: “Receiving funding from Cancer Research UK will allow me to pursue my ambition of improving the treatment of men with advanced prostate cancer through personalised medicine.

“It is a great honour to gain this award which confirms my research strategy is of the highest scientific standard.”

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Robert Bunsen’s Birthday marked with a Google Doodle

It would have been scientist Robert Bunsen’s 200th birthday today and the occasion has been marked with a Google Doodle!

Bunsen was born in Germany in 1811 and was the first to discover elements caesium and rubidium and then went on to develop the Bunsen cell battery.

However, his most famous innovation was the gas burner which he developed in partnership with his laboratory assistant Peter Desaga in 1854. It was used to study the colour spectrum of different heated elements.

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Protein Scientist Job – Cambridge, UK

A Protein Scientist is required to join a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, UK.

As Protein Scientist you will play an important role in supporting the different activities around rapid expression and scale-up of IgG using in-house protein expression technologies.

The Successful candidate for this Protein Scientist position will have a Degree in Life Sciences, (or equivalent experience) or a PhD (or equivalent) in Life Sciences would be desirable.

The key technical skills and competencies required for this Protein Scientist role include extensive experience in protein expression from eukaryotic cells in industrial environment and practical laboratory-based experience in cell culture. It is required you have experience in molecular biology.

You will be enthusiastic, flexible and willing to learn, as well as proactive with a high level of attention to detail. This is a contract position for 4 months and is a great opportunity to gain experience of working within a modern company in the Cambridge region.

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For more information, or to apply for this Protein Scientist job, please contact Julie Marshall at CK Science on 01438 723 500 or email jmarshall@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote reference ST20524 in all correspondence.

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Senior Assay Scientist (Diagnostics) – in Liverpool

Senior Assay Scientist based in Liverpool, UK

Our client is currently seeking to recruit an Assay Scientist to work with them on a permanent basis at their site in Liverpool.

As Senior Assay Scientist, you will be involved developing and maintaining an extensive portfolio of bioanalytical assays across a range of therapeutic areas for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare sectors.

Reporting to the Laboratory Director, working as Senior Assay Scientist your main responsibilities will include:

  • Providing professional, scientific and technical support to laboratory team.
  • Liaising with the Laboratory Director, lead on identifying and developing new assays, products and services.
  • Preparation of research and scientific documentation in support of assay development, system and service validations and process changes.
  • Providing specialist and scientific knowledge and expertise to the clinical trials team in developing the company’s clinical trial capabilities and performance.
  • Liaising with Laboratory Manager to ensure the effective management and delivery of clinical trials within the laboratory to specified commercial and contractual specifications.
  • Ensuring effective management and operation of laboratory instrumentation, sample processing and reporting and all other general laboratory activities.
  • Liaising with Quality Manager, ensure all laboratory staff and systems operate effectively within the Quality Management System.
  • Liaising with the Data Manager, ensure the effective management, analysis, control and security of all data generated by or received by the laboratory.
  • Contributing to the wider scientific and commercial development of the company through the Group Scientific Committee and specified project work.

The ideal candidate for this Senior Assay Scientist role will be educated to degree level or equivalent, or higher in a Pharmaceutical or Biomedical subject and have postgraduate bioanalytical and scientific laboratory experience. A strong track record in developing new bioanalytical assays (LCMS) from first principles to implementation is also required. Entitlement to work in the EEA is essential.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Senior Assay Scientist role, please contact Philippa Robertson on 0114 2839956 or email probertson@ckscience.co.uk. Please quote refernce SH19195 in all correspondence.

 

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Assay Scientist based in London, UK

Assay Scientist based in London, UK

Our client, an innovative and growing Diagnostic Device organisation, are currently looking for an Assay Scientist to join their state-of-the-art Research & Development facilities based in London.

Joining their Assay Development Team, as Assay Scientist, you will be responsible for the design, formulation and development of novel immunoassays and microfluidic based assays for use on optical detection technology. You will also be involved in the development of procedures for the conjugation of antibodies to a variety of fluorescent and phosphorescent labels and the immobilisation of antibodies and antigens to thermoplastic solid supports.

To be considered for this Assay Scientist role, you will have a degree / PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a relevant subject (or equivalent experience), proven practical experience of immunoassay design and development and practical knowledge of techniques for antibody purification, conjugation and immobilisation. Demonstrated experience of design and development of microfluidic based assays would be desirable but not essential.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a rapidly growing Diagnostic Organisation who are developing industry leading technology, which in return offers an attractive salary and benefits package.

 

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For more information, or to apply for this Assay Scientist job, please contact Andrew Bolton on 01438 723 500 or email abolton@ckscience.co.uk.

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Government Pledges £250m for Science Laboratory

Science Lab, Science JobsAs reported on the Times Online website, Gordon Brown has announced that a state-of-the-art laboratory complex based in London has won £250 million of public funding. The laboratory, named the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation will lead British medical research and is backed by Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and University College London.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has already invested £47 million in the project and it is said that it will be one of the largest of its kind when it opens in 2015.

The new complex will be the new home for the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and the World Influenza Centre, and will bring together 1, 250 scientists to study fundamental human biology and turn their discoveries into new therapies for conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Speaking of the project, Mr Brown stated,

“There is nothing more important for the future of our society and economy than what we are setting in motion today,” he told an audience of senior scientists today.

“I believe that the project will transform lives, will make for a stronger economy that will put us right in the forefront of research around the world, and will give people a huge amount of hope about the future.”

Sir Paul Nurse, the Nobel prize-winning scientist who chairs the centre’s steering committee, said that the project should be secure regardless of the result of the election. “The truth is it is such a good idea it would be inconceivable whatever the colour of the incoming government not to fund it,” he said. “There have been informal conversations and I believe all three parties have indicated their general support.”

Should Labour win the election, Mr Brown has said that he plans to appoint a Minister for the Life Sciences. This new minister would be responsible for co-coordinating biomedical research across government and for helping scientist to commercialise their work.

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