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18 February 2019

Ground-breaking findings by Liggins Institute researchers based on mapping DNA in three dimensions have shed fresh light on the genetic drivers for type 1 diabetes, and on why seemingly unrelated diseases so often go together.

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Business and economy

  • Hon Associate Professor Susan St John questions "anachronistic rules and laws" around social security appeals.

    19 February 2019

    Opinion: Hon Associate Professor Susan St John asks "Why am I so uneasy at the beginning of 2019? Isn’t it supposed to be Labour’s ‘year of delivery’”?

  • 19 February 2019

    An instructional video produced as a companion to the 1986 influencial book Theory K, has had a retrospective screening at the Business School.

  • Fierce marketing tempts consumers into making unhealthy food choices – high in fat, sugar, additives and at times low in, or devoid of, any nutrition

    13 February 2019

    Opinion: Obesity is complex issue, but we are in it together and must work collectively to find a solution that will end this epidemic, writes Dr Milind Mandlik.

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Health and medicine

  • ChewIt device, a stick-in-your-mouth device

    19 February 2019

    Imagine a device that feels like and is no bigger than a piece of chewing gum, which allows you to answer the phone simply by biting down on it.

  • 18 February 2019

    Ground-breaking findings by Liggins Institute researchers based on mapping DNA in three dimensions have shed fresh light on the genetic drivers for type 1 diabetes, and on why seemingly unrelated diseases so often go together.

  • Fierce marketing tempts consumers into making unhealthy food choices – high in fat, sugar, additives and at times low in, or devoid of, any nutrition

    13 February 2019

    Opinion: Obesity is complex issue, but we are in it together and must work collectively to find a solution that will end this epidemic, writes Dr Milind Mandlik.

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Politics and law

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Science and technology

  • ChewIt device, a stick-in-your-mouth device

    19 February 2019

    Imagine a device that feels like and is no bigger than a piece of chewing gum, which allows you to answer the phone simply by biting down on it.

  • 8 February 2019

    A new study shows crows have the ability to plan three behaviours ahead towards achieving a goal in a way that may be similar to the way humans plan future moves in chess.

  • Fairy wren

    31 January 2019

    It has long been assumed that colourful plumage puts birds at higher risk of being spotted by a predator but a new study has a surprising finding – being dull and brown doesn’t necessarily increase the chances of survival.

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