LMB In The News


Top science adviser calms budget fears

“The ring-fenced science funding promised in the UK Government’s 2004 10-year Framework may survive intact, according to the chief science adviser, John Beddington.
But he admits to not being sure how this can be reconciled with the £600 million cuts announced by the Chancellor on Wednesday.” More…

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Biology’s Nobel molecule factory

“Wandering through the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge, UK, it is easy to see how this lab, which is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), has produced so many Nobel laureates – fourteen in total, split evenly between chemistry and medicine or physiology. The place hums with activity and every corner is filled with experimental apparatus.” More…

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Cambridge neuroscientist elected as member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)

“Congratulations go to Dr. William Schafer from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology for his recent election, announced on the 19th October, 2009. EMBO elects new members annually on the basis of scientific excellence. Members provide their scientific expertise and input to the organization, participate in committees, may nominate new members, mentor young scientists and initiate new activities.” More…

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Professor Venkatraman Ramakrishnan wins Nobel Prize for Chemistry

“Professor Ramakrishnan said that the breakthrough underlined the importance of funding research that did not have immediate applications. “The idea of supporting long-term basic research like that at LMB does lead to breakthroughs, the ribosome is already starting to show its medical importance,” he said.” More…

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The 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath

“This year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry awards research into one of life’s most important processes: the ribosome’s translation of DNA information into life. Ribosomes produce proteins, which in turn control the chemistry in all living organisms. There are DNA molecules inside every cell of all organisms. These molecules contain the blueprints for how a human being, a plant or a bacterium, looks and functions.” More…

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Cambridge Laboratory of Molecular Biology: The Nobel Prize factory

“For the 14th time, the judges have honoured a member of the same lab…Dr Ramakrishnan issued a short statement acknowledging his colleagues and the LMB, which has given its many distinguished scientists the freedom to pursue curiosity-driven research. “The collegiate atmosphere there made it all possible,” he said. “The idea of supporting long-term basic research like that at LMB does lead to breakthroughs. The ribosome is already starting to show its medical importance.” More…

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Cambridge chemist wins Nobel prize for showing how proteins are made in cells

“The prize was awarded to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, a US scientist at the Medical Research Council’s prestigious Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, the American Thomas Steitz at Yale University, and an Israeli, Ada Yonath at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.” More…

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3 win Nobel for Ribosome research

“Three scientists who showed how the information encoded on strands of DNA is translated into the thousands of proteins that make up living matter will share the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry” More…

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Nobel Prize for chemistry of life

“The 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize has been awarded to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas Steitz and Ada Yonath.
The prize is awarded for the study of the structure and function of the ribosome – the cell’s protein factory. The ribosome translates genetic code into proteins – which are the building blocks of all living organisms. It is also the main target of new antibiotics, which combat bacterial strains that have developed resistance to traditional antibiotic drugs. Professor Ramakrishnan is based at the Medical Research Council’s Molecular Biology Laboratory in Cambridge, UK.” More…

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NOBELini Awards

“The NOBELini scheme paired 30 young scientists with 30 design students in a bid to celebrate scientific discovery…The winners of the NOBELini award for the “Emotional Patterns: Feedback and Development” were Ev Yemeni (LMB) and Celine Marcq.” More…

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