LMB In The News


The 12 days of the MRC Centenary

2013 has been a big year for the MRC, marking 100 years since our founding committee met for the first time.  Throughout the year we celebrated the past, present and future of the MRC.  Highlights included the opening of the new LMB building. More…

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Winners of the Imagining the Brain competition announced

The winners of the 2013 competition on “The Changing Brain” were recently awarded their prizes. More…

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Profiles of 2013 Nobel Laureates in Chemistry

You can read the Nobel Prize Web site for the best description of the science behind the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. However, let me tell you what the beginnings of the science and its immediate impact were really like – a personal account from a close by-stander (Alan Fersht). More…(Subscription required)

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Michael Neuberger obituary

The molecular biologist Michael Neuberger’s research into antibodies did much to increase our understanding of how the body defends itself against microbes – single-cell organisms including viruses and bacteria. More…

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Sniffing Pheromones

Smell is important to allow us to taste our food, and can even trigger memories. But in some animals, special molecules called pheromones can also trigger certain types of behaviour, such as mating. Kate Lamble spoke to Greg Jefferis from the MRC LMB who investigates the pathways between smell and behaviour in the fruit fly. More…

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Tribute to Fred Sanger, including interview with John Walker

The BBC looks at the life and work of Fred Sanger, including an interview with former LMB colleague, John Walker More…

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Frederick Sanger: Nobel prizewinning biochemist whose insulin and DNA work transformed genetics

The biochemist, Fred Sanger, a former Head of the LMB’s PNAC Division, has died aged 95. He had the rare distinction of winning the Nobel Prize twice, in 1958 and 1960. More…

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Cambridge blockbusters and 100 Years of the MRC

Exactly one hundred years ago, the UK government of the day established an organisation to take care of medical research on behalf of the 1911 National Insurance Act. More…

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Did life have very cold beginnings?

An idea that combines two likely ingredients of genesis has been put forward by Philip Holliger from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. One ingredient is the idea that there was an ‘RNA world’ before the current DNA world. The other comes from the idea that a key factor in evolution was the emergence of the cell membrane. More…

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Botox jab could ease arthritis and cancer without side effects

Sheffield University researcher Professor Bazbek Davletov took the pain-relieving part of Botox and ‘stapled’ it to a friendly part of a similar poison produced by the tetanus bug. The tetanus toxin ferries the pain reliever to the spinal cord, where it stops pain signals being sent to the brain. Professor Davletov designed the drug while working at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. More…

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