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About the blog

Our weekly blog posts are where you can hear directly from MRC-funded researchers, staff and partners about the latest medical research, policy issues, opinions, research careers and much more.

Using the content of this blog

Unless stated otherwise, the text of posts on this blog is available for use under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence.

Many images used on the blog have been licensed under creative commons by the original copyright holder. You can follow the links in captions to see the original image source. In other cases copyright holders have given us permission to use images, and anyone wishing to use the image must contact them.

Privacy notice

The MRC is one of nine Councils within UK Research and Innovation, an organisation that brings together the UK’s Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. Read our privacy notice.

Moderation policy

We encourage lively debate and discussion within our blog.

However, by submitting a comment you agree to abide by the following rules. The MRC reserves the right not to publish any comments that contravene any of these rules.


We will not accept anonymous comments. All comments must include a name and a valid email address.

Conduct and use of language

Comments should be relevant to the blog post. Off-topic, abusive or defamatory comments will not be accepted. Comments should not attack an individual’s personality or character.

Spamming and advertising

No advertising or promotion is allowed except when an event, service or product has direct relevance to the topic of discussion.

Legal liability

You are responsible for your comments. By submitting a comment you undertake to indemnify the MRC against any liability arising from breach of confidentiality or copyright, or any obscene, defamatory, seditious, blasphemous or other actionable statement you may make. The views of visitors to this MRC blog are not necessarily endorsed by the MRC.


As this is an NDPB website, comments used for party political purposes will be removed.


Comments on MRC sites are pre-moderated: that means they are approved by us before they are publicly viewable.

We will endeavour to publish comments that meet the above guidelines as soon as possible. However, there maybe some delay in publishing comments made over the weekend or public holidays.

In some cases, a spokesperson may reply on behalf of the MRC. In this case, we will specify it is from the spokesperson.