Media coverage - December 2018

High levels of carcinogenic chemical found in everyday consumer products

High levels of the carcinogenic chemical cadmium can still be found in everyday household products like second-hand plastic toys, drinking glasses, alcoholic beverage bottles, ceramics and artists’ paints, according to new research led by Dr Andrew Turner.

Researchers explore babies’ development in BBC documentary series

Professor Caroline Floccia is among the experts featured in the final episode of Babies: Their Wonderful World.


A ground-breaking study has shown it takes a matter of hours for billions of minute plastic nanoparticles to become embedded throughout the major organs of a marine organism.The research, led by the University of Plymouth, examined the uptake of nanoparticles by a commercially important mollusc, the great scallop (Pecten maximus).


New insight into stem cell behaviour ‘highlights therapeutic target for cancer treatment’

Research led by the University of Plymouth and Technische Universität Dresden has identified a new therapeutic target for cancer treatment and tissue regeneration – a protein called Prominin-1.

Study solves puzzle of snail and slug feeding preferences

Work showed that snails were more likely to attack seedlings based on their preference for, or dislike of, naturally omitted volatile scents produced by the seedlings.