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Study highlights the potential adverse effects of taking paracetamol during pregnancy

Concerning evidence of the possible adverse effects of taking paracetamol during pregnancy.

Putting the squeeze on red blood cells

For the first time, researchers at the University of Bristol’s Blood and Transplant Research Unit, and the French National Institute for Blood Transfusion, have captured the moment a red blood cell is ‘squeezed’ while recording the changes that allow it to deform and subsequently recover its shape.
Generational family study to examine links between childhood trauma

Generational family study to examine links between childhood trauma

Examining the biological underpinnings of self-harm in teenagers.
Poor diet can lead to blindness

Poor diet can lead to blindness

An extreme case of "fussy" or "picky" eating caused a young patient’s blindness.
Robots can now learn to swarm on the go

Robots can now learn to swarm on the go

A new generation of swarming robots which can independently learn and evolve new behaviors in the wild is one step closer, thanks to research from the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE).
Plants can tell the time

Plants can tell the time

Much the same as human jet lag, plants have their body clock that is pivotal for their life in a world that has day...
Animal collectives like ants should move through their environment like ‘savvy gamblers’

Animal collectives like ants should move through their environment like ‘savvy gamblers’

Many animals have to move around in their environment to find resources to live and reproduce.
An image of moss

Scientists identified the genes that first enabled plants to grow leaves

The study explains how a 450-million years ago a switch enabled plants to delay reproduction and grow leaves, shoots, and buds.
Optical (top) and fluorescence (bottom) microscopy images of a protocell community showing four protocell types produced spontaneously in an intersecting chemical gradient. Two different artificial morphogens are injected from the left and right sides of the array along the x axis to generate an opposing gradient that translates into different changes in shape, composition and fluorescence in the protocells. Labels for the shape-shifting types are shown in the top row. University of Bristol

Shapeshifting protocells hint at the mechanics of early life

Scientists have exhibited another approach to building communities of cell-like entities i.e., protocells using chemical gradients.

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