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Archbishop to give key speech at York Synod

Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby
Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to give a key speech to members of the Church of England's national assembly in York as attempts to restart talks over introducing women bishops get under way.

The Most Rev Justin Welby will give his first presidential address to the General Synod, at York University, as Archbishop of Canterbury.

The 57-year-old former oil executive and Bishop of Durham formally succeeded Dr Rowan Williams as head of the Church of England earlier this year.

His address comes as the General Synod attempts to restart talks over women bishops for the first time since the shock defeat of legislation in November.

Members will also be asked to approve a draft scheme to dissolve the three existing dioceses of Bradford, Ripon and Leeds and Wakefield.

Teen arrested in connection with York University assault

Detectives investigating an indecent assault at York University last month have made an arrest.

Officers arrested a 16-year-old last night. He remains in police custody as inquiries continue.

The youth was also arrested on suspicion of exposing himself to another student on the same night.

Any witnesses to the incidents, which occurred on January 27, are urged to come forward.

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Cancer drug aid

Professor Ian Graham is leading the team at York University which has discovered the key to mass-producing a chemical called Noscapine. It's extracted from poppies, and is currently being tested as a potential anti-cancer drug.

Researchers discovered a bundle of five genes which tell the poppy plant how to produce the chemical.

Poppy discovery

Green poppy capsules Credit: Carol Walker

Poppies, like these ones in Tasmania, have helped scientists in York discover how a chemical is produced that is used for anti-cancer drugs. It could mean they can mass produce the chemical in the future.

Poppies growing in Tasmania
Poppies in Tasmania Credit: Carol Walker
Tasmanian poppy fields Credit: Carol Walker

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