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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Sun, 23rd May 2010

Biofuels from the Burning Bush

Euonymus alatus compactus in autumn colour (c) Chris Barton

In this NewsFlash, we explore the biofuel hope from the Burning Bush, the battle between Staphylococcus species and the chemical trick to reactivate dormant egg cells.  Plus, the introduction of Synthia - the first microbe with a truly synthetic genome, and a BioBlitz in Bristol - recording biodiversity against the clock.

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  • 00:15 - Burning bush brings biofuel hope

    Researchers at Michigan State University have made a discovery that could help turn the burning bush into the saviour of future biofuels, according to their paper in PNAS this week...

  • 02:17 - Battle of the Bugs

    Researchers in Japan have discovered that the key to killing MRSA may lie with one of its own relatives - Staphylococcus epidermidis

  • 05:44 - Switching on egg production

    An international team of scientists, writing in the journal PNAS this week, have found a way to reactivate dormant egg cells. This could have big benefits for infertile women, or those who have had their ovary tissue frozen before treatment for diseases such as cancer...

  • 07:59 - The creation of 'Synthia' - Synthetic life

    This week the J Craig Venter Institute announced the creation to huge fanfare of a brand new synthetic microorganism dubbed, “Synthia.” This has prompted lots of excitement but also lots of controversy. Some people have argued that Synthia isn’t entirely synthetic. So to tell...

  • 12:01 - BioBlitz in Bristol - engaging the public with nature

    2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, and as part of that, BioBlitz events will be going on across the country. Their aim is to get the public to come and help catalogue all the biodiversity in that area. Ed Drewitt from the Bristol Natural History Museum tells us more...



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