Secrets of early life on Earth uncovered.

A long-term study has provided crucial evidence to help scientists understand how early life on Earth evolved. The team have found that evolution can make great leaps forward when organisms share genes between one another.

It is thought that this gene swapping technique is the basis for cell structures like mitochondria and chloroplasts - essential parts of the cell that generate energy for the organism.

This reasearch may now go onto inform better methods of controllng anti-biotic resistance and will help shape models that look at the history of evolution on Earth.

Read more about this new discovery.

Ask a Scientist

Ask a Scientist

Why do things smell nice? Why do we smell in the first place?

This Friday we are interviewing Professor Matthew Cobb - an expert on Evolution and Smell. Use Facebook to ask your questions.

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Exploring conservation history

A Faculty historian has been awarded a 5 year fellowship from the Wellcome Trust to look at the history and ethics of wildlife conservation.

To discover its important, read Historian awarded 5 year grant.

The impact of our research

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The Faculty is at the forefront of research that matters. We compiled some case studies to showcase the impact of our research.

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Wellcome Trust funded studentship. Applications welcome.

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EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship scheme now open. See Being a postdoc in FLS for more information.

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Faculty scientist downsizes a giant dinosaur with a new computer model.

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Tuesday Feature

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Episode 22: Nick Ogden

Join us in looking at the work of the Faculty's photographer, Nick Ogden, in this week's Tuesday Feature.

Life Science Legacy

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AV Hill won his Nobel Prize with something as simple as a thermometer. Find out in Life Science Legacy.

#LoveLifeSciences Video

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Watch a video which shows why we #LoveLifeSciences.

Life Science Broadcast

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How does memory work?

Our Life Science Broadcast this week sheds light on how our memory works.