Venki Ramakrishnan announced as President Elect of the Royal Society

Venki Ramakrishnan, Deputy Director of the LMB, Joint Head of the LMB’s Structural Studies Division and Nobel Laureate, has been confirmed as President Elect of the Royal Society. He will take up the post of President on 1 December 2015. More…

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hiCLIP : New method finds structures of mRNA molecules


The structures of many proteins have been extensively studied, however it has proved extremely difficult to investigate the structures of the mRNA molecules that carry the genetic information for these proteins. Jernej Ule and his group, while working in the LMB’s Structural Studied Division, developed a groundbreaking new method for studying the secondary structure of…

Common origins of RNA, proteins and lipids on earth


How did life first originate on this planet? Even the most minimal cell needs three subsystems: to convey information, to create compartments, and to catalyse metabolic reactions. But did these all arise together at the origin of life? Or did one form first? How could the molecules that create these subsystems assemble in the first…

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