From foot and mouth disease to a crucial biotechnology tool

Ever wondered how taxpayers’ money is used to support science? If you’re a biologist in Britain, you’ll know all about the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

A set of great BBSRC-funded achievments led from foot and mouth disease to a crucial biotechnology tool. Here’s a list of notifiable diseases affecting livestock in Britain.

Prof Martin Ryan is to speak at my University next week. I have to be elsewhere that day but if you’re in Leeds, you might want to hear him.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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One Response to From foot and mouth disease to a crucial biotechnology tool

  1. Finn Holding says:

    If I were in Leeds I’d go and here him speak. That’s facinating stuff.

    I work in the Biotech industry and I haven’t heard of 2A (but I’m not a translational biologist). So I think the 2A peptide acts as a signal for the ribosome to terminate translation before picking up on the other side of the mRNA coding for 2A. I’ve often wondered how recombinant proteins consisting of 2 chains are expressed.

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