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Professor McInerney Elected Fellow Of The Linnean society

On the 17th March 2016, Professor McInerney was elected as a fellow of the Linnean Society.   From the linnean society website: The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. Founded in 1788, the Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections […]

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Prof. McInerney Shortlisted For Irish Laboratory Researcher Of The Year

Professor McInerney has been named as one of six researchers shortlisted this year for the Irish Laboratory Awards.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday the 3rd of December at an event held in the DoubleTree by Hilton Dublin. The other shortlisted scientists are: Alexander Von Kriegsheim, Systems Biology Ireland, University College Dublin Lester Ho, […]

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Prof McInerney speaks at the #pintofscience event

Prof. McInerney – in keeping with the public engagement ethos of the research unit – spoke last night at the Odessa club and restaurant on Dame Court in Dublin as part of a city-wide series of events called the Pint of Science talks. He spoke about horizontal gene transfer and how it seems to have […]

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Nautil.Us Article on Eukaryote Origins

Ed Yong has written an excellent article on Eukaryote Origins. Professor McInerney was interviewed as part of the article and the article also includes interviews with several other people involved with trying to understand the origin of the eukaryote cell. In this article, Yong makes a distinction between the “slow fuse” type of hypothesis governing […]

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Scientific American Run Article on Halophile work

Lucas Brouwers has written a very nice account, entitled “How genetic plunder transformed a microbe into a pink, salt-loving scavenger” about the Halophile work we published in PNAS. You can read it here: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/thoughtomics/2013/04/22/how-genetic-plunder-transformed-a-microbe-into-a-pink-salt-loving-scavenger/

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Our letter in the Irish Times today

Here I reproduce our letter in the Irish Times:   Sir, – Ireland’s poor success rate in winning grants from the European Research Council (Business+Technology, August 16th) comes as no surprise to many of us in the Irish scientific community, given recent warnings from a number of international funding agencies. What is of particular concern […]

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Research returns to Ireland far exceed investment

by Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times Financial returns from Ireland’s expenditure in research have easily outstripped the original investment, according to a study released on 19 September. It claims that while the Exchequer put in almost €1.2 billion over the period 2000-2006 the returns amounted to about €1.8bn. The study by PA Consulting said that the […]

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Scientific American Article features Our Cancer Evolution Work

Carl Zimmer has written a very nice article for Scientific American where he discusses the influence of evolution on cancer.  He interviewed Dr. McInerney about his work with Dr. Mary O’Connell of DCU on how natural selection influences genes that are known to be involved in cancer.  The article can be read by clicking on […]

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