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Hands-on activities by LMB scientists at the Cambridge Science Festival

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The opening weekend of the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival was a huge success, with thousands of visitors attending events on the 14th and 15th March. LMB scientists designed and ran two of the activities, ‘See your Cells’ at the Corn Exchange and ‘Crystal Clear’ at the Chemistry Department,
‘See your Cells’ was created by Simon Bullock and Monica Rodrigo Brenni from the LMB’s Cell Biology Division.

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30 Bird and public works to be LMB Artists-in-Residence

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The LMB has appointed 30 Bird and public works as LMB Artists-in-Residence starting in April 2015. They are a collaborative team made up of a local performance company led by Mehrdad Seyf (30 Bird) and a participatory art and architecture practice led by Torange Kohnsari (public works). These ground breaking artists will engage with staff at the LMB to inspire new perspectives and understanding of the LMB’s research, both amongst people at the LMB, and the general public.

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Venki Ramakrishnan announced as President Elect of the Royal Society

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Venki Ramakrishnan, Deputy Director of the LMB, Joint Head of the LMB’s Structural Studies Division and Nobel Laureate, has been confirmed as President Elect of the Royal Society. He will take up the post of President on 1 December 2015.
Venki’s research focuses on the structure and function of the ribosome, the molecular machine that synthesises proteins by translating genetic information held in mRNA, and on the action of antibiotics on this process.

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Two LMB papers chosen as major historical landmarks in research

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The Royal Society Philosophical Transactions is celebrating 350 years of publishing scientific research with a special issue of commentary articles. These articles look back at some of the major, historical, scientific landmarks in the physical and biological sciences, which were reported in Philosophical Transactions. Of the 17 biological papers chosen, which include papers by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Alan Turing and Peter Medawar, two are for pioneering work undertaken at the LMB.

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Blue Plaque Honour for Fred Sanger

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Double Nobel laureate, Fred Sanger, has been remembered in Cambridge with the unveiling of a blue plaque on his former home at 252 Hills Road. Friends, family and colleagues attended the ceremony, organised by the Society of Biology, on Saturday 7th March.
One of the founders of the LMB, and former Head of the PNAC Division, Fred had lived at the Hills Road house for over 40 years: throughout his scientific career.

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LMB scientists help UTC students design a laboratory

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Students from the new University Technical College (UTC) Cambridge have been taking part in a 6-week challenge project developed by the LMB. The year 10 students were tasked to design a scientific laboratory facility. As part of the project they learnt about key areas of design and management, including; health and safety, legislation, scientific requirements and best practice.

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LMB spin-out, Heptares Therapeutics, acquired by Sosei Group

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Leading Japanese biopharmaceutical company, Sosei Group Corporation, has acquired the UK-based biotechnology company, Heptares Therapeutics Limited, to create a leading global biopharmaceutical company with a major drug discovery and development hub in the UK.
Heptares was co-founded in 2007 by Richard Henderson and Chris Tate, LMB group leaders in the Structural Studies Division. It was set up to exploit their pioneering technology to stabilise G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs).

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Cyrus Chothia, bioinformatics pioneer, honoured with two prestigious international awards

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Emeritus group leader Cyrus Chothia, from the LMB’s Structural Studies Division, has been honoured with two awards for his ground-breaking work in the use of computational methods to study the structure and function of proteins, and the evolution of genomes, which led to the birth of Structural Bioinformatics and Computational Genomics.

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Brad Amos and John White win ABRF Biomolecular Technologies Award

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The 2015 Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) Award for Annual Outstanding Contributions to Biomolecular Technologies has been awarded to Brad Amos and John White for the development of the laser-scanning confocal microscope.
Brad and John were members of the LMB when they developed and patented the first high-resolution, laser scanning confocal microscope for biological use in 1987.

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LMB science portrayed in art: ‘Lens on Life’ exhibition in London

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Works of art that resulted from unique collaborations between artists and scientists, including LMB group leader Melina Schuh, are currently being displayed in London’s Lethaby Gallery in the exhibition ‘Lens on Life’. This high profile exhibition explores cell division through works of art, with the aim of providing a new perspective on the processes of mitosis and meiosis.
The exhibition also features the documentary ‘Meeting of Minds’.

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