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University of Cambridge scientists in brown fat breakthrough - Cambridge Independent 

University of Cambridge scientists in brown fat breakthrough - Cambridge Independent  | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Breakthrough from scientists at the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science
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The research was funded by the MRC, British Heart Foundation, European Research Council, WHRI-Academy and Wellcome.
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Scientists grow 'mini-placentas' for future trials | Daily Mail

Scientists grow 'mini-placentas' for future trials | Daily Mail | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
The 'organoids' were developed at Cambridge University as a tool for unravelling some of the mysteries of early pregnancy.
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The Francis Crick Institute receives its core funding from the MRC, Cancer Research UK and Wellcome
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Sir Aaron Klug obituary | Science | The Guardian

Sir Aaron Klug obituary | Science | The Guardian | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Chemist and biophysicist who won the Nobel prize for developing crystallographic electron microscopy
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Sir Aaron Klug was the Director of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology from 1986 to 1996.
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Watching more than 2hours and 12minutes of daytime TV can lead to an early death, major study warns | Daily Mail

Watching more than 2hours and 12minutes of daytime TV can lead to an early death, major study warns | Daily Mail | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Watching television for hours on end each day is bad for your health and can even lead to an early death, warned a large-scale study last night. The study linked watching TV to habits like smoking.
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The UK Biobank is part-funded by the MRC.
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Coffee or tea? The answer might be in your genes | The Guardian

Coffee or tea? The answer might be in your genes | The Guardian | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Choice of drink linked to how we perceive bitterness of substances, researchers say
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The UK Biobank is part-funded by the MRC.
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Genetic link between obesity and depression uncovered, say scientists | The Guardian

Genetic link between obesity and depression uncovered, say scientists | The Guardian | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Having genetic variants linked to high BMI can lead to mental health issues, study finds
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The UK Biobank is part-funded by the MRC.
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Study links tobacco availability to smoking in pregnancy | BBC

Study links tobacco availability to smoking in pregnancy | BBC | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Researchers say pregnant are more likely to smoke if they live in areas with lots of shops selling cigarettes.
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"The study was funded by the Medical Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council."
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Frankenstein Chlamydia Protein Identified as Potential Drug Target | GEN

Frankenstein Chlamydia Protein Identified as Potential Drug Target | GEN | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Scientists say selective inhibitors of Chlamydia's ChlaDUB1 enzyme could represent an alternative strategy to traditional antibiotics.
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"Scientists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the U.K., and Duke University in the U.S., report new insights into the mechanisms by which the pathogenic bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis hijacks the human host cells in which it replicates."
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Medicines Discovery Catapult to promote UK cell and gene therapy research | Pharma Letter

The UK’s Medicines Discovery Catapult is joining forces with the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Drug Safety Science (CDSS) at the University of Liver
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"The UK’s Medicines Discovery Catapult is joining forces with the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Drug Safety Science (CDSS) at the University of Liverpool in a new research collaboration based around cell and gene therapy technologies."
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Mind the gender health gap: Women get a raw deal in range of ailments | Daily Mail

Mind the gender health gap: Women get a raw deal in range of ailments | Daily Mail | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Dr Kat Arney says women are medically oppressed by a sexist system - and suggests the law forces gender quotas into research. So what are the issues?
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Professor Tara Spires-Jones, is part of the UK Dementia Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh. The UK DRI is a joint project between the MRC, Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK.
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Housing quality 'vital to tackling malnutrition and poor growth in children' | The Guardian

Housing quality 'vital to tackling malnutrition and poor growth in children' | The Guardian | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
‘Stunting’ in children may only be ended if they are brought up in higher-standard homes, Gambia study finds
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"Andrew Prentice, professor of international nutrition at MRC Unit the Gambia at the London School, who led the study, published in BMC Medicine, said there are profound implications if the conclusions are right."
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North-south divide in early deaths deepening, study finds | | The Guardian

North-south divide in early deaths deepening, study finds | | The Guardian | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Northerners aged 25 to 44 more likely to die from causes such as suicide and smoking
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The researchers were part-funded by the MRC.
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Could height be a cancer risk? | BBC

Could height be a cancer risk? | BBC | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Another study suggests a link, but is it just a tall story?
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"Dr John O'Neill, research group leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), said: "If you have more cells, you have a greater risk of cancer. Tall people have a greater surface area, and therefore more melanocytes, and so of course they're more likely to get melanoma.""
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Snoring is more dangerous to WOMEN and increases their risk of heart attack and stroke more than men | Daily Mail

Snoring is more dangerous to WOMEN and increases their risk of heart attack and stroke more than men | Daily Mail | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Although unclear why this occurs, scans analysed by Munich University Hospital reveal women with the sleep disturbance have thicker heart walls than men, which means the organ has to work harder.
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The UK Biobank is part-funded by the MRC.
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Machine learning spots viral reservoirs - Laboratory News

Machine learning spots viral reservoirs - Laboratory News | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
A machine learning algorithm has been developed at The University of Glasgow that can predict viral reservoirs in the animal kingdom. Viruses circulate in animal and insect communities long before spreading to humans and causing severe disease. However, finding these natural virus hosts – which could help prevent the spread to humans – currently pose
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Dr Daniel Streicker, the senior author of the study from the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, said: “Genome sequences are just about the first piece of information available when viruses emerge, but until now they have mostly been used to identify viruses and study their spread."
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Children's body weight 'is genetically influenced and NOT the fault of a poor diet'  | Daily Mail

Children's body weight 'is genetically influenced and NOT the fault of a poor diet'  | Daily Mail | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
New research from King's College London and UCL challenges the idea that a child's weight largely reflects the way their upbringing - and could vindicate countless parents.
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The study included data from around 4,500 twin pairs who were born in England and Wales between 1994-1996 from the Twins Early Development Study, which is funded by the MRC.
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British scientists develop a genetically modified virus that kills cancer cells | Daily Mail

British scientists develop a genetically modified virus that kills cancer cells | Daily Mail | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
The virus, developed by Oxford University, can kill tumours as well as healthy cells that have been 'tricked' into protecting cancers from the immune system, without causing any toxicities.
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"Dr Nathan Richardson, head of molecular and cellular medicine at the Medical Research Council (MRC), which was involved in funding the study, said: 'Immunotherapy is emerging as an exciting new approach to treating cancers'."
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Air pollution stunts growth of children’s lungs putting them at risk of early death, say scientists | Telegraph

Air pollution stunts growth of children’s lungs putting them at risk of early death, say scientists | Telegraph | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Air pollution is stunting the growth of children’s lungs placing them at risk of lung disease, severe asthma attacks and early death, researchers have warned.
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Dr Ian Mudway, from the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health at King’s College London, said: “Policies such as the Low Emission Zone strive to do this, but their effectiveness needs careful and objective evaluation, not only in terms of whether they improve air quality, but more importantly, whether they deliver better health.”
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Dementia risk: Five-minute scan 'can predict cognitive decline' | BBC

Dementia risk: Five-minute scan 'can predict cognitive decline' | BBC | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Scientists hope the test may offer a new way to spot those at risk of dementia, before symptoms show.
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The research was funded by the British Heart Foundation, MRC, US National Institutes of Health, European Commission, Helsinki Institute of Life Sciences and Brain Protection Company Ltd (Australia).
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Air pollution: The main risks to our health and how to solve it | Evening Standard

Air pollution: The main risks to our health and how to solve it | Evening Standard | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Air pollution is becoming an increasing worry for health professionals due to its harmful effects on the body, which is thought to contribute to the deaths of nearly 10,000 Londoners every year. Dr Benjamin Barratt, Lecturer in Air Quality Science at King’s College London, explains why more needs to be done to combat the capital’s toxic air. “Ultimately everyone is at risk from air pollution,” says Dr Barratt, “but it’s about protecting the population by  giving them the knowledge and education about what risks to accept.
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"A six-year study led by Professor Chris Griffiths, principal investigator at the Medical Research Council, found children in highly polluted areas of London have up to 10 per cent less lung capacity than normal."
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Smoking, diabetes increase heart attack risk more in women | BBC

Smoking, diabetes increase heart attack risk more in women | BBC | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
High blood pressure, smoking and diabetes increase heart attack risk more in women, a study has found.
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The UK Biobank is part-funded by the MRC.
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Dundee scientists overturn odds to make Parkinson's discovery | The Courier

Dundee scientists overturn odds to make Parkinson's discovery | The Courier | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
A discovery by scientists at Dundee University could lead to new treatments for Parkinson's disease.
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"The team was led by professor Miratul Muqit, a consultant neurologist at the university’s MRC Protein and Ubiquitylation Unit."
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Women who prefer mornings have lower risk of breast cancer than those who prefer evenings | i News

Women who prefer mornings have lower risk of breast cancer than those who prefer evenings | i News | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Researchers found women who prefer evenings have 40-48 per cent higher breast cancer risk
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Study author Dr Rebecca Richmond is a research fellow in the CRUK Integrative Cancer Epidemiology Programme and the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol.

Dr Stephen Burgess - who commented on the study - is from the MRC Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge.
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Prince Charles and Camilla begin Africa tour in The Gambia | Daily Mail

Prince Charles and Camilla begin Africa tour in The Gambia | Daily Mail | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
Charles and Camilla arrived at Banjul International Airport on Wednesday evening where they were greeted with a colourful ceremonial welcome from dancers in traditional dress.
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They are visiting the the MRC Unit The Gambia.

"The centre has undertaken pioneering research into malaria and other diseases which affect millions of people across Africa."
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Why a Scottish lab is breeding mosquitoes | BBC

Why a Scottish lab is breeding mosquitoes | BBC | MRC research in the news | Scoop.it
A research centre in Glasgow is breeding thousands of tropical mosquitoes every week.
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"The Medical Research Council-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) is trying to stop further epidemics of diseases such as Zika, Dengue and yellow fever."
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