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THE MATERIAL WORLD
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Thursday 16:30-17:00
Quentin Cooper reports on developments across the sciences. Each week scientists describe their work, conveying the excitement they feel for their research projects.
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Thursday 17 April 2008
Blood Brain barrier on Material World
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Blood Brain Barrier

The Blood Brain Barrier is an extraordinary mechanism.

Its been known about for well over 100 years but it’s only in the last 10 or 15 years that researchers have started to get an idea of the Blood Brain Barrier's role in diseases like MS, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.

Quentin Cooper is joined by Professor Joan Abbott, Blood Brain Barrier group, King’s College, University of London and Professor Sanjay Sisodiya, Institute of Neuroscience, University College, University of London to find out more.

The Domesday Book and Dead Sea Scrolls

The Domesday Book and Dead Sea Scrolls are written on parchment which is made from animal skin.

This skin can degrade and turn into collagen losing the writings for ever.

Quentin Cooper meets Professor Tim Weiss, Head of School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University.

He is using powerful x-rays to examine incredibly small samples of the texts to see how they are degrading and what can be done to stop it.

Next week: Designer soil and the quest for invisibility ... 
 
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