The IAH’s Professor Mark Stevens (pictured being filmed) stars in, and wrote the script for, a short film made by the BBC on the subject of the bacterium Escherichia coli O157. Although the guts of all of us contain types of E. coli that are harmless, the O157 type produces a toxin that can cause serious disease in people. The number of reported cases is only around 1000 each year but a small proportion of these can result in life-threatening kidney and blood damage.
The zebra finch is a fascinating bird that can learn songs, making it a fantastic model to study learning, memory, neuroscience and the evolution of the brain. Research in this area will have an impact on important human issues such as how we learn and communicate, how we form long and short term memories, amnesia and diseases such as Alzheimer's. Scientists in 24 organisations in six countries have collaborated to produce and translate the genome of the zebra finch, and have published their findings in the journal Nature.