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Norwich genetics entrepreneur acquires genetic testing business

Norwich company IDna Genetics, which provides DNA services to seed companies, agricultural businesses and the genetics research community, has been sold to the Managing Director of one of the country’s leading genetic relationship-testing firms. Former Sainsbury Laboratory and John Innes Centre scientist and new owner Dr Thomas Haizel will become managing director of IDna, while [...]

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Sir Ben Gill CBE (1950-2014)

Sir Ben Gill CBE was a member of John Innes Centre Governing Council from 2002 until his untimely death last week. During his time on our Governing Council Sir Ben oversaw, in his capacity as representative of the Trustees of the John Innes Foundation, the cementing of constructive interactions between the Foundation and the Centre [...]

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Watch online: Public Lecture by Professor Enrico Coen FRS at Edinburgh Science Festival

On Tuesday 15th April 2014, Professor Enrico Coen FRS gave a public lecture at the National Museum of Scotland, as part of Edinburgh Science Festival. Professor Coen, author of Cells to Civilizations, which was shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, explored the four great life transformations – evolution, development, learning, and [...]

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The fine tuning of flowering time

Scientists at the John Innes Centre are decoding the role of non-coding RNA. They are starting to uncover its impact on regulating gene expression, with their focus on a gene that regulates flowering time. The following is a Q&A conducted with Prof Caroline Dean, Group Leader at the John Innes Centre, and Dr Sebastian Marquardt, formerly [...]

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JIC’s Professor John Snape to be next CIMMYT Chair

JIC’s Professor John Snape to be next CIMMYT Chair

Three years after joining the Board of Trustees of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Professor John Snape has been elected as Chair. Professor Snape is an emeritus fellow in the Crop Genetics department of the John Innes Centre. His research career in wheat genetics and biotechnology has spanned 41 years. He succeeds [...]

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JIC PhD student wins research excellence award

JIC PhD student wins research excellence award

JIC PhD student Philippa Borrill has won the 2014 early career excellence award from MonoGram. The award recognises outstanding young scientists and researchers in the field of small grain cereal and grass research in the UK. Applications were judged on the originality, excellence, and the significance of the work to the discipline. Philippa is the second [...]

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John Innes Centre achieves silver in Athena SWAN pilot

John Innes Centre achieves silver in Athena SWAN pilot

The John Innes Centre, an internationally renowned plant and microbial science institute, has become the first research institute to win an Athena SWAN Silver Award. The Athena SWAN charter recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in higher education.  This award recognises JIC’s [...]

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How size splits cells

How size splits cells

One of the scientists who revealed how plants “do maths” can now reveal how cells take measurements of size. Size is important to cells as it determines when they divide. In a paper published in eLife, Professor Martin Howard from the John Innes Centre and colleagues from the US, Germany and Singapore discovered that cells [...]

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