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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.

Human brain cell transplant offers insights into neurological conditions

Thu, 2018-10-11 18:53

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.

UKB brain imaging and genetics studies to 'transform' health research

Wed, 2018-10-10 21:30

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.

Markers of dairy fat consumption linked to lower risk of type 2 diabetes

Wed, 2018-10-10 21:00

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.

MRC funds £2m study to address global mental health stigma

Mon, 2018-10-08 13:08

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.

Old antibiotic may selectively kill dangerous skin cancer cells

Thu, 2018-10-04 15:05

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.

MRC scientist wins 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Wed, 2018-10-03 13:44

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 use AI to develop better predictions of why children struggle at school

Mon, 2018-10-01 16:09

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 projects shortlisted for 2018 Newton Prize

Fri, 2018-09-28 15:00

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.

Smarter trials speed up patients' access to effective treatments

Thu, 2018-09-27 12:00

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.

New UKRI system needs community input on Horizon 2020 grants

Thu, 2018-09-27 02:01

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.

UK-led study marks shift towards genetic era in tackling TB

Thu, 2018-09-27 00:00

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.

Mitochondrial diseases could be treated with gene therapy

Tue, 2018-09-25 12:41

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.

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