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New Academic promotions for PDN members

The General Board on Senior Academic Promotions has new established positions for three PDN members.

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Human reproduction likely to be more efficient than previously thought

Human reproduction likely to be more efficient than previously thought

How difficult is it to conceive? According to a widely-held view, fewer than one in three embryos make it to term, but a new study from Gavin Jarvis suggests that human embryos are not as susceptible to dying in the first weeks after fertilisation as often claimed.

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Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri awarded 2017 Andrée Gruslin Award

Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri awarded 2017 Andrée Gruslin Award

The award from the International Federation of Placenta Associations recognizes her work in the field of placental biology

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Whisker movements can be used to assess motor deficits in HD mice

Whisker movements can be used to assess motor deficits in HD mice

Jenny Morton's research team in collaboration with Manchester University has used whisker movement to characterize motor deficits in mouse with Huntington's Disease

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Mechanistic insights into the more potent effect of KP-54 compared to KP-10 in vivo

Mechanistic insights into the more potent effect of KP-54 compared to KP-10 in vivo

New research from Bill Colledge's team published on PLOS ONE compares the stimulation output of kisspeptins of different lenghts

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Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz awarded international IVI Foundation Award

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz awarded international IVI Foundation Award

Prof Zernicka-Goetz was awarded the IVI Foundation Award for Basic Research in Reproductive Medicine 2017.

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Algorithm matches genetic variation to disease symptoms and could improve diagnosis of rare diseases

Algorithm matches genetic variation to disease symptoms and could improve diagnosis of rare diseases

A faster and more accurate method of identifying which of an individual’s genes are associated with particular symptoms has been developed by a team of researchers from the UK and Saudi Arabia. This new approach could enable scientists to take advantage of recent developments in genome sequencing to improve diagnosis and potential treatment options.

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Womb lining grown in lab could reveal secrets of menstrual cycle and early pregnancy

Womb lining grown in lab could reveal secrets of menstrual cycle and early pregnancy

CTR was able to grow miniature functional models of the lining of the uterus, reports study published in Nature Cell Biology

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Geometry can provide long-range mechanical guidance for embryogenesis

Geometry can provide long-range mechanical guidance for embryogenesis

Paper from Guy Blanchard, Claire Lye, Benedicte Sanson & Jocelyn Etienne makes cover of Plos Computational Biology

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High fat, high sugar diet during pregnancy 'programs' for health complications in mother and child

High fat, high sugar diet during pregnancy 'programs' for health complications in mother and child

Eating a high fat and high sugar diet when pregnant leads to metabolic impairments in both the mother and her unborn child, which may 'program' them for potential health complications later in life, a study in mice has shown.

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PDN research group featured on cover of RSTB

PDN research group featured on cover of RSTB

Guy Blanchard, Stephen Young & Richard Adams image featured on cover Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B

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Fish electroreceptors development related to inner ear hair cells, study finds

Fish electroreceptors development related to inner ear hair cells, study finds

Clare Baker's group reveals how the electroreceptor cells in fish and the inner ear hair cells in other vertebrates are closely related in new paper published on eLife

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Nick Brown awarded HFSP research grant

Nick Brown awarded HFSP research grant

The 3-year program was jointly awarded for an international collaboration research project.

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The soft mechanical signature of glial scars in the central nervous system

The soft mechanical signature of glial scars in the central nervous system

New study by Franze lab on Nature Communications reveals possible reasons why neurons do not regenerate after injury in mammals

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Viagra protects the fetal heart

Viagra protects the fetal heart

Sildenafil may be a good candidate for human translational antioxidant therapy to protect fetal the developing cardiovascular system, reveals new study by Dino Giussani featured on the cover of the Journal of Physiology

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Detect. Lock on. Intercept. The remarkable hunting ability of the robber fly

A small fly posseses the remarkable ability to detect and intercept its prey mid-air, changing direction mid-flight if necessary before sweeping round for the kill, new research on Current Biology reveals

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Oxygen and placental development, parallels and differences with tumour biology

Oxygen and placental development, parallels and differences with tumour biology

Graham Burton and Andrew Murrey discuss the similarities between placental development and tumour biology in latest Placenta article

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New study identifies possible early warning signs of Huntington’s disease

New study identifies possible early warning signs of Huntington’s disease

Early warning signs of Huntington’s disease have been uncovered in a sheep carrying the human disease-causing genetic variant, providing new insights into this devastating illness, a new study in Scientific Reports has found.

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Low thyroid hormone before birth alters growth and development of fetal pancreas

Low thyroid hormone before birth alters growth and development of fetal pancreas

Levels of thyroid hormone in babies influence insulin-secreting cells of the pancreas, according to a new study published in The Journal of Physiology.

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Sildenafil therapy for fetal cardiovascular dysfunction during hypoxic development: studies in the chick embryo

Sildenafil therapy for fetal cardiovascular dysfunction during hypoxic development: studies in the chick embryo

The study published in the Journal of Physiology suggests that sildenafil is a good candidate for human therapy to protect the chronically hypoxic fetus in adverse pregnancy

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Ear structures of the naked mole-rat and its relatives

Ear structures of the naked mole-rat and its relatives

Computer analysis unveils new details about the auditory system of naked mole rats in a new study by Matt Mason, published in PLOS One

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