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GM fruit flies could be an alternative to pesticides

A Mediterranean fruit fly. Credit: Oxitec Ltd.

Researchers in Norwich say releasing genetically-engineered fruit flies in the wild could be a cheap alternative to using pesticides.

Scientists at the University of East Anglia found increasing the male population by releasing the modified insects could reduce the overall population - making it a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly way to control pests.

Mediterranean fruit flies infest more than 300 types of fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Region's universities celebrate strong performances in National Student Survey

The University of East Anglia has come joint third in the National Student Survey. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The latest results of the annual National Student Survey are out and our region's universities have once again performed well.

The University of East Anglia in Norwich has been ranked joint third out of all mainstream English universities.

Cambridge, Essex and the Open University are also celebrating after coming joint sixth.

The survey rates student satisfaction based on factors including teaching, academic support and personal development.


Sainsbury Centre in running for best museum award

Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts Credit: ITV Anglia

One of the region's biggest art centres has been shortlisted for the country's top museum prize

The Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia in Norwich is one of six finalists in the running for the Museum of the Year.

The centre was redesigned last year, and staged a special exhibition celebrating the best of the region's cultural and artistic heritage.

New Vice-Chancellor appointed at UEA

Professor David Richardson to take over as Vice-Chancellor in September Credit: UEA

The University of East Anglia has announced a new Vice-Chancellor.

Professor David Richardson is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Bacterial Biochemistry at UEA. He will take over in September 2014 when the current Vice-Chancellor Professor Edward Acton retires.

Professor Richardson said. "I'm delighted and honoured to have been appointed as UEA's next Vice-Chancellor. UEA has played an important part in my working life and I am determined to take it from strength to strength."

Study finds chocolate and red wine could protect against Type 2 diabetes

Academics at the University of East Anglia in Norwich have found ingredients in chocolate could help protect us from diabetes.

A study of two thousand people discovered that eating high levels of flavonoids - which are found in chocolate, berries and tea - could offer protection from Type 2 diabetes.

Research found the food groups also appeared to lower the inflammation associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

Click below to hear a clip from Amy Jennings from the UEA.

University unveils new MS research

The University of East Anglia campus in Norwich Credit: ITV Anglia

Scientists at the University of East Anglia in Norwich say that short bouts of moderate exercise can improve energy levels among people suffering from multiple sclerosis.

The researchers say walking and steady cycling improved fatigue levels and gave people a better quality of life.

More than a hundred thousand people in the UK have MS. It affects almost three times more women than men.

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