LMB News


KJ Patel receives Fanconi Anemia Research Fund Award of Merit

KJ Patel, from the LMB’s PNAC Division, has been awarded the Award of Merit for his ‘revolutionary work on aldehyde toxicity in Fanconi anemia hematopoietic cells’ by the Board of Directors of the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund.
Fanconi Anemia (FA) is a rare, cancer-predisposing disorder affecting about 150 or more families in the UK (the true extent is unknown). FA is present at birth, and causes progressive bone marrow failure.

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Fred Sanger (1918 – 2013)

Fred Sanger, double Nobel Laureate and founding member of the LMB in 1962, died on Tuesday 19 November, at the age of 95.  He was an extremely modest and self-effacing man whose contributions have made an extraordinary impact on molecular biology.
Fred was born on August 13, 1918 in Rendcombe in Gloucestershire.  His father was a GP and his mother was the daughter of a wealthy cotton manufacturer.

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Jason Chin inducted into the European Inventor Hall of Fame

Jason Chin, from the LMB’s Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry Division, has been inducted into the European Inventor Hall of Fame, at a ceremony in Munich on 17 October 2013.
The European Inventor Hall of Fame is a travelling exhibition that honours outstanding innovation and creativity, and has been commissioned by the European Patent Office to celebrate 40 years of the European Patent Convention.

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Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

On Monday 25th November 2013, the LMB will be hosting a Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon – the latest in a series of such events to celebrate the MRC’s Centenary.
The event is based on the Edit-a-thon held in 2012 on Ada Lovelace Day, a day which celebrates the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

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Michael Neuberger (1953 – 2013)

Michael Neuberger, Deputy Director of the LMB and Head of Division of Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry died on Saturday 26 October, after several months of serious illness. He was an outstanding and brilliant scientist.
Michael was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College Cambridge, received a first class honours degree in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry), and started a PhD in Biochemistry with Brian Hartley at Imperial College in London in 1974.

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2013 John Kendrew Lecture to be given by Joan Steitz

Joan Steitz will give the John Kendrew Lecture 2013 on Friday 1st November at 4.15pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The title of the lecture is ‘Non-coding RNAs: with a viral twist.’ This event is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Joan Steitz is interested in the multiple roles played by non-coding RNA–protein complexes in gene expression in vertebrate cells.

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LMB Alumni awarded Nobel Prize for Chemistry, 2013

The LMB is delighted to congratulate Michael Levitt, Arieh Warshel and Martin Karplus on being awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.
A key part of the Nobel Prize winning research was undertaken at the LMB, in the Structural Studies Division, in the 1970s by Michael Levitt in collaboration with Arieh Warshel.

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2013 César Milstein Lecture to be given by Scott Emr

Professor Scott Emr will give the 2013 Milstein Lecture on Thursday 26 September at 4.15pm in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre. The lecture, entitled “Sorting out protein traffic: Ubiquitin-mediated endocytosis and a membrane protein’s final ESCRT”, is open to anyone in the local area who is interested in attending.
Scott is currently Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Director of the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, at Cornell University.

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Novel technology useful for development of gene and drug therapies licensed to local company

A method for parallel assembly of a large number of peptide-therapeutic cargo combinations, developed by Mike Gait’s group in the LMB’s PNAC Division, has been licensed to Cambridge Research Biochemicals (CRB). The company aims to launch a service in October to provide both researchers and pharmaceutical companies with custom-made libraries of peptide-cargo conjugates to help accelerate the delivery and development of new therapeutics.

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Hugh Huxley – 25th February 1924 – 25th July 2013

It is with great sadness that we report that Hugh Huxley died yesterday following a major heart attack on Monday at his home with Frances in Woods Hole. Hugh was the very first Ph.D. student to join the MRC Unit for the Study of the Molecular Structure of Biological Systems in 1948 under the leadership of Max Perutz, with John Kendrew as his supervisor. During his Ph.D. he began his pioneering studies of muscle structure and function using X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy.

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