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Message from BBSRC Executive Chair. As we approach the festive season, I invite you to join me in reflecting on some of the fantastic science stories from 2018 – behind each of the baubles on our Christmas reindeer is an example of the excellent research BBSRC has funded.


Scientists have discovered eight genes linked to red hair, helping to solve a mystery of how redheads inherit their flaming locks. The study – which also sheds light on blondes and brunettes – is the largest genetic study of hair colour to date.


The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Right Honourable Lord Henley, announces funding for a major bacterial plant diseases research programme supported by UK Research and Innovation’s Strategic Priorities Fund. The first phase of this investment initiates a UK-wide consortium to prepare for the possible introduction and spread of the devastating plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa into the UK.


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