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Greg Winter presented with Distinguished Technopreneur Speaker Award

“The Distinguished Technopreneur Speaker (DTS) Forum, organised by Exploit Technologies, serves as a relevant platform for entrepreneurs, industry leaders, researchers, scholars and students to converge, share ideas and network with various industry players to seed the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship amongst the local scientific community. This year’s Distinguished Technopreneur Speaker Award recipient is serial inventor and entrepreneur, Sir Gregory Winter.” More…

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Building on a legacy in antibody research

“With world-class facilities and a vibrant research community, the Babraham Research Campus has recently attracted some of the most exciting new generation antibody companies in Europe…In the 1980s, Jonathan Howard and Geoff Butcher from the Babraham Institute collaborated closely with Nobel Prize winner César Milstein and colleagues at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology (MRC-LMB) to produce, what were described as, ‘the first useful monoclonal antibodies’.” More…

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Sean Munro: Revealing the Golgi’s true identity

“Although cargo proteins move through the different organelles of the secretory pathway, other proteins remain in place to give each compartment its own unique identity and function. Sean Munro, from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, has been interested in how proteins find their place within the secretory pathway since his PhD studies with Hugh Pelham, when he discovered a heat-shock protein that was retained in the ER lumen due to a specific KDEL sequence at its C terminus.” More…

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Moments of Genius: Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan describes how James Watson discovered DNA base pairing

“Nobel laureate Venki Ramakarishnan describes how James Watson discovered DNA base pairing which showed how the DNA double helix could carry information from one generation to the next.” More…

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Facebook check ‘before lights out’

“The last thing that more than 70% of British adults do before they go to bed is check social network sites, figures show. Instead of curling up with a good book before nodding off, 72% of adults check status updates on Facebook, a study conducted on behalf of Travelodge found… Sleep specialist Dr Michael Hastings, a researcher for the Medical Research Council at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire, said: “It’s having a huge negative effect on people’s sleep. Adults don’t realise what impact using computers, mobile phones and other gadgets before falling sleep is having on their night’s sleep.” More…

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Cold virus clue found

“British researchers say that they’ve identified a mechanism that antibodies use against viruses, the CBC’s Kelly Crowe reports.” More…

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Cell science breakthrough could beat common cold

“New research suggests the immune system can fight viruses from within healthy cells. Science Correspondent Tom Clarke says the discovery is a “real game-changer” in the fight against the common cold.” More…

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BBC News 24 : Hopes over ‘ending’ common cold

“BBC News video clip related to Dr Leo James’ discovery about how the body fights viruses.” More…

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BBC Radio 4 Today

“Interview of Dr Leo James” More…

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Virus breakthrough raises hope over ending common cold

“Scientists say they have made a landmark discovery which could pave the way for new drugs to beat illnesses like the common cold. Until now experts had thought that antibodies could only tackle viral infections by blocking or attacking viruses outside cells. But work done by the Medical Research Council shows antibodies can pass into cells and fight viruses from within. PNAS journal said the finding held promise for a new antiviral drugs. The Cambridge scientists stressed that it would take years of work and testing to find new therapies, and said that the pathway they had discovered would not work on all viruses.” More…

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