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Professor Sir David Weatherall: 1933-2018

10 Dec 2018

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Sir David Weatherall, founding Director of the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine.

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Funding boost for initiative mapping entire human body

6 Dec 2018

The MRC, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is investing £6.7 million to support the UK’s contribution to mapping every cell type in the human body, through the global Human Cell Atlas initiative. 

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Pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project reaches sequencing goal

6 Dec 2018

The 100,000 Genomes Project has reached its goal of sequencing 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients. Established with the support of the MRC, the project began in 2012 to uncover new diagnoses and improved treatments for patients with rare diseases and cancer.

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New funding scheme supporting clinical research capacity

30 Nov 2018

A new funding scheme has been launched to enable NHS consultants to participate in high-quality collaborative research partnerships. The MRC has committed £10 million to pilot the scheme and the National Institute of Health Research will commit up to £2 million additional funding.

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New dual-action cancer-killing virus

16 Nov 2018

Scientists have equipped a virus that kills carcinoma cells with a protein so it can also target and kill adjacent cells that are tricked into shielding the cancer from the immune system.

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Poxvirus tricks cells into moving to spread infection

12 Nov 2018

Vaccinia virus, a poxvirus closely related to smallpox and monkeypox, tricks cells it has infected into activating their own cell movement mechanism to rapidly spread the virus, according to a new study led by scientists at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology.