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Immune cells called Gamma Delta T cells can act independently to identify and kill cancer cells, defying the conventional view of the immune system, reveals new research.
Vaccinia virus, a poxvirus closely related to smallpox and monkeypox, tricks cells it has infected into activating their own cell movement mechanism to rapidly spread the virus, according to a new study led by scientists at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology.
Over the recent years, advances in technology have allowed many more diagnostic tests to be carried out at the patient’s bedside rather than the laboratory bench.
New research suggests that improved housing with access to piped water may be the crucial keys to eliminating malnutrition and stunting in children.
MRC-funded PhD student Natasha Clarke, of St George's, University of London, is now £1,500 richer after she won this year’s Max Perutz Science Writing Award with her article: “How artificial intelligence, and a cup of tea, could help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease."
A new trial has found that treating the prostate with radiotherapy alongside standard treatment led to a three-year survival rate of 81%, compared to 73% in those who didn’t receive radiotherapy, for some men with advanced prostate cancer.
The first Green Great Britain (GB) Week has launched today, with a number of events from 15-19 October to emphasise the importance of tackling climate change and ensuring clean growth.
Only a small proportion of cases of dementia are thought to be inherited – the cause of the vast majority is unknown. Now, a team of scientists believe they may have found an explanation: spontaneous errors in our DNA that arise as cells divide and reproduce.
In the new study, MRC funded researchers for the first time successfully transplanted disease-specific human brain cells, created from stem cells, into a mouse brain and watched how they grew and connected to each other.
Two papers in Nature this week focus on how UK Biobank genetics and imaging data are transforming health research. In one paper, researchers report on a pioneering study that combined 10,000 UK Biobank MR brain images with genetics data from all 500,000 participants.
Higher levels of biomarkers of dairy fat consumption are associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research. The study was undertaken by an international consortium led by scientists at the MRC and Tufts University.
A landmark global study that looks to understand and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental ill health has received a £2 million grant award from the MRC. The Indigo Partnership is one of the largest studies of its kind and will develop and test new methods to reduce stigma in China, Ethiopia, India and Tunisia.
An old antibiotic, called nifuroxazide, could selectively kill dangerous cells within melanomas - the deadliest type of skin cancer - scientists from the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh have found.
The MRC is delighted to congratulate Professor Sir Gregory Winter, a former deputy director of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, on being awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Frances H. Arnold and George P. Smith.
Scientists using machine learning – a type of artificial intelligence – with data from hundreds of children who struggle at school, identified clusters of learning difficulties which did not match the previous diagnosis the children had been given.
Two MRC projects have been shortlisted for the 2018 Newton Prize, an annual £1 million fund awarded for the best research or innovation that promotes the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.
Adaptive clinical trials are transforming the efficiency of drug development and the MRC has played a crucial role in implementing this innovative method into the UK clinical trials landscape. This trial methodology helps to deliver the right treatment to the right patient faster than ever before.
A new system is being rolled out as a first step towards supporting the continuity of funding for UK organisations which have been awarded grants from the European Union’s flagship programme for science and innovation, Horizon 2020.
A landmark study, part-funded by the MRC, may herald a quicker, more tailored treatment for the millions of people around the world living with tuberculosis.
Researchers have developed a genome editing tool for the potential treatment of mitochondrial diseases. The study applied an experimental gene therapy treatment in mice and successfully targeted and eliminated the damaged DNA in mitochondria.