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News | 24 January 2013

New method for DNA storage announced

A new method of DNA storage has been created at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) based in the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton. The method, published in the journal 'Nature', makes it possible to store 100 million hours of high-definition video, or the equivalent, in a cup of DNA.

Researchers have made a synthetic copy of the Schmallenberg virus in the laboratory so that they can study how it infects cells and understand how to reduce disease. It is hoped the work will help in the quest for a vaccine for the virus, which causes birth defects in livestock.

A poem written by a 12-year-old boy, which gives an insight into his feelings about struggling with dyslexia, has provided the inspiration for a new sonic artwork supported by a Wellcome Trust Small Arts Award.

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News | 7 January 2013

ThInk: A new blog about the brain

The Wellcome Trust today launches ThInk, a new blog dedicated to exploring the human brain and the science, art and innovation that spring from it.

Mark Hahnel, product manager at Figshare, introduces a free service aiming to push forward open access.