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"Personal genome testing at its current state is a waste of time and money", argues one of tonight's (Thursday 14 May 2009) speakers at a public, question-time style event to debate the gathering, trading and communicating of personal genetic data.
The way that mothers talk to their children when they are young has a lasting effect on children's social skills, according to a research study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
The impact that wealth and social class has on people's well-being in old age is far greater than is often assumed. New research from the Economic and Social Research Council reveals just how great the difference really is in people's health and well-being between different social groups at older ages.
Is the recession an opportunity to move away from some traditional, and environmentally unfriendly, industries to cleaner, greener industries to create new and sustainable employment?
A new joint Economic and Social Research Council and Technology Strategy Board publication highlights the need to focus on improving the energy efficiency of millions of buildings in Britain that will still be standing in 2050.
The debate over how to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars earmarked to fight AIDS and other killer diseases in developing countries will come under the spotlight at a meeting of international experts today (April 6).
Over the past decade the growth in Business Schools has created a global market for well trained staff, who are already in short supply.
Big sister or little brother - everybody knows that sibling relationships change over time and are full of emotion. An exciting, new interactive exhibition is opening which explores the complex relationships of brothers and sisters.
Third sector providers of social care services face a host of new challenges but also opportunities following the Government's commitment to expanding personal budgets in social care.
Of the six billion people sharing our planet, almost half live under the poverty line of $US2 per day. Though growth predictions vary it is likely that, by 2020, the population will increase by approximately another 1.2 billion, of which some 95 per cent will live in developing countries.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Act becomes law in April 2009. It promises groundbreaking legislation on assisted reproduction and embryo research, but was its development really a landmark in national scientific decision-making?
A day of documentary film screenings and interactive workshops as part of the Festival of Social Science (6-15 March) organised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to highlight how social science impacts on our daily lives will take place on Saturday 14 March.
The most ambitious independent policy review in the UK for over a decade is published this week and makes challenging reading for both Government and Opposition.
One positive development of the current global financial crisis could be the recent election of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America, in the opinion of economist Prof Panicos Demetriades of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) World Economy and Finance (WEF) Programme, who is today speaking at the 'Politics of Macro-Adjustment and Poverty Reduction Conference.
How do we decide how far science should go? The ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, based at the University of Edinburgh, has invited some of the UK's leading scientists, policy makers, media experts and ethicists to debate this question at a conference in Westminster, today (Thursday 12 March 2009).
Growing older is a fact of life, but people's hopes, fears, pre-conceptions and experiences surrounding the ageing process are richly diverse.
The ESRC Genomics Network (EGN) will be marking the ESRC's Festival of Social Science (6-15 March 2009), with a UK wide calendar of activities for young people and adults.
Assumptions that the United Kingdom will be able to remain a globally competitive, high-wage economy provided it has a sufficiently skilled workforce will be challenged at a seminar organised as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's forthcoming Festival of Social Science (6-15 March).
What links the 'father of evolution' with the man who is arguably one of the greatest Presidents of the United States of America? And how would these two giants of history - Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln - view society today?
Natural burial is often thought of as a green option that takes place in the countryside for non-religious people, but according to researchers at the University of Sheffield, that is only part of the story.
Locally produced and organic food is best for us and the environment. True or false? More than 90 secondary school children will be chewing over that question during a one day multi-activity event organised as part of the Economic and Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science on the 13 March.
The blame for the rise of an anti-political culture in Britain rests with politicians not voters, two leading experts will argue at a debate at the forthcoming Economic and Social Research Council's Festival of Social Science (6 - 15 March).
If plants could speak they will boast about being part of remedies such as the common aspirin to a leukaemia drug derived from the rosy periwinkle. Over a quarter of western medicines contain plant toxins some deriving from tropical forest species.
Students from secondary schools in and around the Peak District National Park will take part in an investigation to better understand the role the park plays in climate change.