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  • Evidence and objectivity

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    Several things over the past few weeks have reinforced for me the need for scientists to provide good scientific evidence, the importance of good scientific peer review and the need for objectivity in interpreting and debating the evidence.

    In Nature on 3 July, two high profile papers on stem cell science were withdrawn. The journal concluded that neither the referees nor the journal were at fault in these incidences as they took the data at face value, although it turned out that not all the data was as it seemed (see Nature 10 July, page 140). [...]

  • Global science and international relations

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    I attended and spoke at the UK Research Office (UKRO) conference in Bristol last Friday. The conference is an annual event but this year was also celebrating 30 years of UKRO in Brussels. Since 1984, UKRO has been promoting effective UK engagement in EU research, innovation and higher education activities and operating as the Research Councils’ office in Brussels. [...]

  • Crop breeding technologies workshop – my perspective

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    There are many global challenges where crops have an important role to play – the prediction that the world’s population is predicted to increase from 7 billion now to 9 billion in 2050 (PDF), demand for meat will increase by 40% by 2025 and the fact that 30% of all crops in Africa (PDF) are destroyed by insects and weeds are just a few of the issues facing us globally. [...]

  • Dispelling some myths… and zombies

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    One of the things that people frequently ask me when I visit universities and institutes concerns the commitment, or otherwise, of BBSRC to basic, or fundamental, bioscience research. There seems to be a perception in the research community that BBSRC has moved its focus from fundamental, curiosity-led bioscience to the three strategic themes and translational research. This is most definitely not the case – approximately 50% of our responsive mode funding is very clearly going to basic bioscience research that is not aligned to one of our three strategic themes. [...]

  • New technologies, farming challenges and the rise of antimicrobial resistance

    Uncategorized | Jackie Hunter

    In the 1990s I became very interested in the potential of novel technologies to alter gene expression and co-edited a book on antisense and its potential to manipulate novel gene expression in the central nervous system. Technology has moved on enormously since then and we now have many different ways of manipulating gene expression in animals and plants. BBSRC funds some of this work though the institutes and in universities. Recently a paper was published from workers at the Bristol University on how the CRISPR system functions which was co-funded by ourselves and the Wellcome Trust. [...]