LMB In The News


Venki Ramakrishan chosen for ‘Padma Vibhushan’, India’s highest civilian award

“Padma Awards, the country’s highest civilian awards, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri… ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year and are conferred by the President of India at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan sometime around March/ April…” More…

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Nobel Prize winners visit Downing Street

“British winners of the prestigious Nobel Prize have gathered at Downing Street to celebrate their achievements … Guests included recent winner Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, a structural biologist at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, who received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry…” More…

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3D structure of PI3Kdelta: An important drug target for a wide range of diseases

“Intellikine announced today the publication of an article entitled, “The p110delta structure: mechanisms for selectivity and potency of new PI(3)K inhibitors,” now available as an advanced online publication at Nature Chemical Biology…The pioneering work was the result of a collaboration led by Roger Williams, Ph.D., Professor in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the Medical Research Council in Cambridge, U.K., and it included scientists from the University of California, San Francisco, Intellikine in La Jolla, California, and Merck-Serono Research Center in Geneva, Switzerland.” More…

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An Austrian biotech firm that moved into Cambridge in 2008 has raised £7.2m (EUR 8m)

“f-star, which has developed novel antibody engineering technology, moved to the Babraham Research campus in March 2008 in order to build closer links with the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge – an acknowledged world leader in antibody science.” More…

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A Nobel job

“Patric Nilsson, a 30-year-old diplomat, who normally works with persons in distress, accidents and evacuations for the Swedish Foreign Ministry, was paired up with Chemistry winner Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, professor with the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, U.K.” More…

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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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