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Body Worlds Vital exhibition extended in Newcastle

Having broken all visitor number records, Body Worlds Vital, the exhibition of real human bodies, is extending its run at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle.

The exhibition, which has been seen by over 100,000 visitors since opening in May, will now be at Life until 30th November 2014.

Body Worlds Vital is one of six exhibitions from anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens and aims to celebrate the living body in its optimal state. It explores the human anatomy, how the body functions and what happens when disease strikes.



New genome study gives "hope for future"

"This is incredibly exciting news and has the potential to make a huge difference to the way we treat patients in the future. Sequencing the genome will give us new insights into the way genetic diseases develop. In Newcastle the focus is on rare diseases and while these illnesses may be uncommon, their symptoms have a huge impact on the people who have them and their families. Unlocking the mechanisms involved gives them hope for the future."

– Sir John Burn, Professor of Clinical Genetics at Newcastle University

Driver "blacked out" before school bus crash

Stanley Travel, the bus company that has admitted liability for a crash involving two school buses in County Durham in June has given ITV Tyne Tees a statement, which claims that their driver was unconscious at the time of the collision.

“We are able to confirm that our insurance company has agreed to accept liability following the accident on 3rd June. We are also able to confirm that the driver of our bus blacked out moments before the incident, and the medical evidence strongly suggest the driver was unconscious at the time of collision.

We hope that a speedy settlement will assist the injured passengers in obtaining any additional help and support they require."

– Andrew Scott, Director, Stanley Travel (North East) Ltd.

Landmark DNA project designed to beat cancer

Newcastle scientists will take a lead in landmark DNA project. Credit: Life Science Centre

Cancer patients from Newcastle have been among the first in the country to donate DNA samples for a landmark project.

Newcastle is one of three pilot areas involved in the Genomes Project, announced today by the Prime Minister.

The aim is to 'map' 100,000 complete DNA code sequences, so that personalised treatments can be developed.

Scientists at Newcastle's Centre for Life are among the teams spearheading the project, which could help millions of people beat serious illnesses such as cancer.