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Leicester students find 2,000-year-old chariot remains

Remains from a 2,000-year-old Iron Age chariot have been discovered in Leicestershire.

Some of the remains found at Burrough Hill Credit: University of Leicester

Archaeology students from the University of Leicester found the decorative bronze attachments while digging at Burrough Hill Fort near Melton Mowbray.

The pieces appear to have been gathered in a box, before being planted in the ground Credit: University of Leicester

Nora Batterman was one of the students who made the discovery:

Realising that I was actually uncovering a hoard that was carefully placed there hundreds of years ago made it the find of a lifetime.

Looking at the objects now they have been cleaned makes me even more proud, and I can't wait for them to go on display.

– Nora Batterman

Hopes of sea snail painkiller after breakthrough

Scientists at the University of Leicester hope a major breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer's and cancer may also lead to the development of a new painkiller, using a toxin produced by a sea snail.

We are very proud of this research. It has taken several years of hard work to master the chemistry techniques to create these new building blocks but now that we have conquered it we have access to new building blocks that people have only ever dreamed of before!

Amino acids are Mother Nature’s building blocks. They are used to make all proteins and so are essential for life, however Mother Nature only uses twenty of these building blocks. The Leicester research involves the chemical synthesis of unnatural amino acids that can be used to make unnatural mini-proteins with new 3D structures and importantly new functions.

We are actively using these building blocks to develop new treatments for cancer and Alzheimer's disease. We have also had a summer student use the building blocks to synthesise a toxin produced by a sea snail, and hope to develop this as a new painkiller.

– Dr Andrew Jamieson, lead scientist
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