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Re-constructing the crew of the Mary Rose

For the first time in 500 years, scientists examining human remains from Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose will be able to determine if any bones come from the same person.

Research by Dr Garry Scarlett, a DNA expert at the University of Portsmouth, should enable museum staff to recreate accurate skeletons of some of the crew.

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Portsmouth hosts UK’s largest international disaster response exercise

The world is arguably better prepared today than ever to face major disasters, including earthquakes, major oil leaks and terrorist attacks.

Those on the frontline of disasters, including international emergency response, took part in the UK’s largest international disaster simulation exercise, run by experts at the University of Portsmouth.

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Portsmouth researchers work with Ben Fogle

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth are playing a significant role in a major conservation project to restore the native oyster to local waters.

The aim is to reintroduce one million oysters by the end of the year to help clean up the Solent, which once supported the biggest oyster fishery in Europe. The project seeks to significantly increase the population of native oysters by 2020 with the long-term aim of achieving sustainable stocks and with the likely added benefit of improved Solent water quality, ecosystems and associated benefits for local inshore fisheries.

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Humans having dramatic effect on wildlife

Just how astonishingly small the amount of pollution that’s needed to cause dramatic changes in aquatic life was the focus of a free public lecture at the University of Portsmouth.

Professor Alex Ford, whose research has shown time and again the powerful and sometimes shocking impact of prescription drugs passing through our bodies, into our sewers and seas, discussed how aquatic parasites have both helped and hindered the search for scientific answers.

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New beamline to boost advances in biomedical research

University of Portsmouth researchers were the first academics to use Diamond Light Source’s new Versatile Macromolecular crystallography in situ (VMXi) beamline, the only one of its kind worldwide which has been unveiled.

A transformation of the I02 beamline, the VMXi beamline is solely dedicated to in situ X-ray measurements and has the capacity to store and carry out thousands of user crystallisation experiments under one roof.

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Free public lecture shines a light into our biological world

Professor John McGeehan discussed how shining X-rays at tiny crystals can help solve global challenges from disease to sustainable energy at a free public lecture.

‘Shine on you crazy Diamond – A light into the biological world’ was Professor McGeehan’s inaugural lecture. He said: “We have come a long way since the discovery of the DNA double helix, and now have huge X-ray microscopes such as the Diamond Light Source that can reveal the 3D structures of nature’s molecules of life.”

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