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New role for brain's support cells in controlling circadian rhythms

Thu, 2019-01-10 13:16

Researchers at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology have found that support cells called astrocytes can actually lead the tempo of the body’s internal clock and have been shown for the first time to be able to control patterns of daily behaviour in mammals.

Scientists find a new way to target norovirus family

Wed, 2019-01-09 16:41

MRC scientists have taken a major step forward in understanding how a family of viruses, including norovirus, initiate infections.

New Year's Honours 2019

Thu, 2019-01-03 16:57

Individuals closely connected with the MRC have been recognised in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list.

Gene variations linked to higher risk of diabetes and heart attacks

Fri, 2018-12-21 19:00

People who are less likely to put on excess fat around their hips due to their genes are at higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart attacks, according to a new study led by scientists from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit.

MRC researcher Professor Bobby Gaspar to star in the BBC RI Christmas Lectures

Thu, 2018-12-20 12:00

Bobby Gaspar, whose gene therapy trial into the rare ‘Bubble Baby’ disease has been supported by the MRC since 2007, will be interviewed as part of the iconic Royal Institution Christmas Lectures broadcast on BBC Four this December.

Professor Sir David Weatherall: 1933-2018

Mon, 2018-12-10 18:46

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Sir David Weatherall, founding Director of the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine.

Funding boost for initiative mapping entire human body

Thu, 2018-12-06 18:52

The MRC, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is investing £6.7 million to support the UK’s contribution to mapping every cell type in the human body, through the global Human Cell Atlas initiative. 

Pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project reaches sequencing goal

Thu, 2018-12-06 18:27

The 100,000 Genomes Project has reached its goal of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients. Established with the support of the MRC, the project began in 2012 to uncover new diagnoses and improved treatments for patients with rare diseases and cancer.

New funding scheme supporting clinical research capacity

Fri, 2018-11-30 15:00

A new funding scheme has been launched to enable NHS consultants to participate in high-quality collaborative research partnerships. The MRC has committed £10 million to pilot the scheme and the National Institute of Health Research will commit up to £2 million additional funding.

UK and Chinese researchers to collaborate on fight against superbugs

Wed, 2018-11-28 14:52

Four major new China-UK research collaborations will tackle antibacterial resistance thanks to an £8 million investment by the UKRI AMR Cross Council Initiative through the Newton Fund and 36 million RMB from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

New insights into maturation of ear hair cells critical for hearing

Thu, 2018-11-22 12:00

A key regulator that controls how an inner ear cell critical for hearing – called outer hair cells – mature, has been discovered in mice by a team led by scientists at MRC Harwell and the University of Maryland.

New dual-action cancer-killing virus

Fri, 2018-11-16 17:33

Scientists have equipped a virus that kills carcinoma cells with a protein so it can also target and kill adjacent cells that are tricked into shielding the cancer from the immune system.

Two-pronged device enables immune cells to identify and kill cancers

Tue, 2018-11-13 12:00

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.

Poxvirus tricks cells into moving to spread infection

Mon, 2018-11-12 17:45

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.

Decades of discovery set to revolutionise healthcare

Thu, 2018-11-01 12:00

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.

Good housing may be key to eliminating childhood malnutrition

Thu, 2018-11-01 10:00

New research suggests that improved housing with access to piped water may be the crucial keys to eliminating malnutrition and stunting in children.

Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2018 – Winner announced

Thu, 2018-10-25 23:30

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."

Treating the prostate with radiotherapy improves survival

Mon, 2018-10-22 09:00

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.

Green Great Britain Week

Mon, 2018-10-15 13:45

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.

Many cases of dementia may arise from DNA 'spelling mistakes'

Mon, 2018-10-15 12:05

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.