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Researchers develop bird flu diagnostic device

Bird flu outbreaks cause disruption for farmers Credit: ITV Anglia

Norfolk scientists have been given a grant to help create new technology to help diagnose bird flu.

The disease has caused major problems for the region's poultry farmers, leading to restriction zones and culls. It's hoped researchers at Iceni Diagnostics want to create a hand held diagnostic machine.

The device could be used by a vet on-farm. The device would use a carbohydrate-based chemical, developed in ID's Norwich Research Park laboratories, which latches on to the avian influenza virus, providing an instant diagnosis and speeding up a process that currently requires samples to be sent off for testing. It's hoped this new method might reduce the need for precautionary mass culls of poultry in the future.

The work has been made possible thanks to a £60,000 grant from the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative.

A fuel free future? Positives and negatives

In July, the UK Government announced that the sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040.

The government announced the deadline as part of £3 billion plans to cut illegal levels of air pollution that include scrappage schemes and potential "clean air zones" that could see charges for heavy polluting vehicles.

But what will it take for us to adopt electric cars? ITV Anglia presenters Jonathan Wills and Becky Jago have been looking at the pros and cons of switching over.

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No woman, no hi-tech: Exhibition on women's role in computing

A major new exhibition has opened in Cambridge - highlighting the often untold story of women in computing and technology.

Called Where Did All the Women Go? the exhibition at the Museum of Computing History in Cambridge runs until the end of the month.

As well as highlighting hidden figures there's also a major events programme. It's hoped it might encourage girls to consider a career in computing.

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Teacher has fractured skull re-built with 3D printer

Francesca Burr fractured her skull in five places but had it re-build by 3D printer.

There were fears that a primary school teacher from Essex who fell downstairs and fractured her skull in five places would not survive.

The horrific fall left Francesca Burr, from Halstead, with part of her head missing.

But surgeons at Addenbooke's Hospital in Cambridge managed to rebuild her skull using a 3D printer.

It has been a long and painful road to recovery but Francesca says the surgeons' incredible work has given her back her life.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

Boost for region after multi-million life science investment announced

Experts in Cambridge say this region could get a boost worth billions of pounds thanks to the government's latest life sciences strategy.

Ministers today announced plans to turn the UK into a world leader in bio-medical research.

And with this region already seeing huge investment in pioneering centres - including the proposed Public Health Laboratory in Harlow in Essex -scientists here believe they are ready to take advantage of the opportunities.

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