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The legacy of Fred Sanger – 100 years on from 1918

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August 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Frederick (Fred) Sanger (1918–2013), one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century. Few scientists transform a discipline in their lifetime. Fred Sanger did this, not once but twice. By devising methods for sequencing, he revolutionized our understanding of both proteins and nucleic acids gaining the Nobel Prize in Chemistry twice. He is the only scientist to have achieved this honour. More…

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Complete fly brain images at nanoscale resolution

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A neuroscience milestone: a high-resolution digital snapshot of the adult fruit fly brain.  Researchers can now trace the path of any one neuron to any other neuron throughout the whole brain.  The research, lead by a team of scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus, required the collaboration of dozens of other scientists, including at Johns Hopkins University and in Greg Jefferis group at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. More…

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Drug designers embrace electron cryo-microscopy

Electron cryo-microscopy is enabling drug designers to understand how protein targets in the body interact with potential therapeutics. Technology developed at LMB, such as sensitive detectors and analytical software, as well as collaborations between LMB scientists and industry is helping make this possible. More…

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The epic hunt for the place on Earth where life started

Working out how and where life began is one of the greatest puzzles to solve. The LMB’s Philipp Holliger and John Sutherland, and others, discuss their theories on how the first life arose. More…

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A parliamentary lab meeting – Daniel Zeichner MP visits the LMB

Glenn Masson, postdoc in the LMB’s PNAC Division, took part in this year’s Royal Society Parliamentary Pairing Scheme. Read Glenn’s blog to find out more about his experience on the scheme. More…

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Woman of the Week: Madeline Lancaster

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‘Woman of the Week’ is Stylist Magazine’s weekly celebration of women making a difference to society. The LMB’s Madeline Lancaster has spent her career researching the human brain – and her research could have a huge effect on how we understand our own minds. More…

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The legacy of Fred Sanger – 100 years on from 1918

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This August marks the centenary of the birth of Fred Sanger, LMB alumnus and one of the most influential scientists of the twentieth century. By devising methods for sequencing Fred revolutionised our understanding of both proteins and nucleic acids gaining the Nobel Prize in Chemistry twice – the only scientist to ever have achieved this honour. This article reflects on Fred’s history and the history of the LMB, including documents from the LMB Archive. More…

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First person interview – Thomas Williams (LMB Postdoc)

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‘First Person’ interview with LMB postdoc Thomas Williams about his recent paper, research challenges, mentoring & advice for Early Career Researchers. More…

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A new synthetic molecule may solve a paradox about life’s origin

Scientists in Philipp Holliger’s group have created a new type of genetic replication system to demonstrate how the first life on Earth – in the form of RNA – could have replicated itself. More

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How to be better at networking at conferences

Claudia Bonfio, postdoc in the LMB’s PNAC Division, shares her top tips on how to enjoy and get the most out of networking at academic conferences. More

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