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The LMB is responsible for many pioneering techniques, such as methods for determining the three-dimensional structures of proteins and other macromolecules, the sequencing of DNA and the development of monoclonal antibodies.

Our scientists tackle difficult, long-term research problems. At the same time they are encouraged to exploit their discoveries – through patents, licensing and business start-ups – helping to advance medical research and improve the UK’s economic competitiveness.

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Unfinished proteins: how to find a needle in the haystack


A research team from the LMB’s Cell Biology division, working with colleagues from the Structural Studies division, has revealed how cells are able to find and tag for degradation the partially synthesised proteins generated when ribosomes occasionally stall. Cells make more than a hundred thousand new proteins every minute. Once in a while, one of…

Insight into bacterial cell division: Architecture of the FtsZ ring

Jan Lowe - FtsZ ring

When a bacterial cell divides, the cell membrane and cell envelope have to pinch together in the middle of the cell to separate it into two daughter cells. A ring of proteins called the divisome constricts, cleaving the cell in two. The protein FtsZ is a crucial component of this ring and many FtsZ subunits…

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