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Protein Synthesis Technology developed at the LMB licenced for use in drug discovery

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A method for linking proteins together with specific chemical bonds, developed in the LMB’s PNAC Division by Satpal Virdee and Jason Chin, has been licenced by MRC Technology to the global life sciences company Bio-Techne. The company will use the technology to join ubiquitin, or other proteins, to a target protein, enabling both fundamental research into biological regulation and drug discovery.

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John Sutherland awarded the 2014 Royal Society Darwin Medal

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John Sutherland, from the LMB’s Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry Division, has been awarded the Royal Society’s Darwin Medal. John receives the medal “in recognition of his novel and convincing work on prebiotic chemistry, in particular his solution to the central problem of nucleoside synthesis”.

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Crystal Growing Competition: Winning schools visit the LMB

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Each year, pupils from all over the East of England compete to grow the best crystal of potash alum possible, in the Eastern Region Crystal Growing Competition. This year, during the International Year of Crystallography, the competition was hugely popular, with nearly 80 schools participating in two age groups.
The top prize in Key Stage II went to Laxton Junior School near Peterborough, with Robert Arkenstall Primary School, Haddenham in second place.

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2014 Milstein Lecture to be given by Peter Walter

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Professor Peter Walter will give the 2014 Milstein Lecture on Monday 30 June 2014 at 4.15pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The lecture, entitled “Unfolded Protein Response in Health and Disease” is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Peter is currently Professor at the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at University of California, San Francisco, and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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What next after Academia? Three ways to forge a career away from the bench

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A recent event held at the LMB showed how a PhD in science can lead to various exciting careers outside the lab, including working in Science Policy, Communications and Administration.
The joint LMB-Cambridge AWiSE event, which took place on Wednesday 4th June, attracted a large audience of PhD students and post-docs from around Cambridge to hear speakers Sobia Raza, Katia Smith-Litière and Danielle Hoyle. Each speaker described her current job and the career path taken to reach that point.

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LMB and AstraZeneca announce plan to launch joint research fund

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The MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and AstraZeneca are today announcing a plan for a research fund to facilitate collaboration between LMB and AstraZeneca and MedImmune.  The fund will support a range of pre-clinical research projects aimed at better understanding fundamental biology and disease.

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KJ Patel gives prestigious Annual Herter Lecture at New York University

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KJ Patel gave the 98th Christian A. Herter Lecture at the New York University School of Medicine. The lecture, entitled “The genetic basis of protection against genotoxic metabolites in mammals”, was given on Thursday 8th May 2014.
The lectures, established in 1903, have previously been given by some of the most illustrious members of the scientific community, such as Nobel Prize laureates Elizabeth Blackburn, Paul Greengard and Gunter Blobel.

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John Kendrick-Jones and David Komander elected to EMBO membership

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John Kendrick-Jones, LMB emeritus scientist from the Structural Studies Division, and David Komander, from the LMB’s PNAC Division, have been named in the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) list of new members announced on 7th May 2014.
EMBO elects new members annually on the basis of scientific excellence and outstanding research contributions, and EMBO membership is a lifetime honour.

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The Chancellor, George Osborne, visits the LMB in his support for science

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, visited the LMB this morning to announce details of the Government’s long-term plan for science capital investment.
Mr Osborne was welcomed by the LMB Director, Hugh Pelham, and shown some of the world-class facilities in the Laboratory, which was opened by Her Majesty The Queen last May.
In his speech, the Chancellor announced that he was committing long-term funding to science, which was vital to attract researchers and investment.

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