LMB In The News


Cutting edge chemistry in 2011

“The RNA world hypothesis also got a boost this year with work from Philipp Holliger’s team at the Medical Research Laboratory in Cambridge, UK. The hypothesis, first suggested by Francis Crick in 1968, suggests that life on Earth began with a self-replicating RNA molecule but has remained unproved. Holliger went back…” More…

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Is a cure for the common cold on the way?

“BBC science review article looks at recent developments in cold and flu virus research, quoting LMB’s Leo James.” More…

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Are the days of incurable diseases really over?

“Are the days of incurable diseases really over? Not quite, when diseases such as tuberculosis are seeing a resurgence, said biologist Ramakrishnan, Joint Head of the Structural Studies Division at the Medical Research Council, Cambridge. He was delivering a lecture on ‘How antibiotics illuminate Ribosome function and vice versa.’” More…

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New master named for Cambridge college

“The Queen has approved that Sir Gregory Winter CBE FRS be appointed Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University, in succession to Lord Rees of Ludlow who retires on 30 June 2012.” More…

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Changing the locks: HIV discovery could allow scientists to block virus’s entry into cell nucleus

“Scientists have found the ‘key’ that HIV uses to enter our cells’ nuclei, allowing it to disable the immune system and cause AIDS. The finding, published today in the open access journal PLoS Pathogens, provides a potential new target for anti-AIDS drugs that could be more effective against drug-resistant strains of the virus. […] Now, a team of scientists from UCL (University College London), the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, has identified a vital component of this mechanism.” More…

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Scientists in Cambridgeshire are to lead a £3.6m project looking at the effects of ageing on immunity systems

“The Babraham Institute has received the funds from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The project will study how changes to lymphocyte, a white blood cell, contribute to weakening immune systems. The institute will carry out the research over five years with partners from Cambridge University and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.” More…

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Leverhulme artist in residence at LMB

“Deirdre Gribbin will be working with scientists at LMB, including computational biologist Dr Sarah Teichmann, to create a new work for string quartet called ‘Hearing your Genes Evolve’. Deirdre will be in residence at LMB from January 2012.” More…

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A roll of the dice: tenure or non-tenure

“Sean Eddy, a leader in computational genomics at the Howard Hughes Medical Institutes who is facing his first cyclical review, says the uncertainty over his future never keeps him up at night. He adds that tenure, which is especially coveted in the US, comes with its own job-related anxieties. The campus’ chief executive Gerry Rubin points out that the cyclical review model is not new. It is based in large parts on similar models at established institutions such as the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology” More…

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Jillian Barlow wins 2nd prize in MedImmune Global Abstract competition

“Jillian Barlow from LMB’s PNAC Division is recognized for excellence in respiratory, inflammation and autoimmunity research at MedImmune’s 6th Annual Research Abstract Competition.” More…

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New treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

“The culmination of three decades of research in Cambridge, including pioneering work at LMB, has resulted in the exciting prospect of a new transformational treatment for multiple sclerosis.” More…

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