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12 Feb 2019
New research led by scientists at the MRC Toxicology Unit suggests that by analysing levels of DNA in the blood, the early detection of lung cancer could be improved.
11 Feb 2019
A team of researchers from the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford University has developed a technique that allows scientists to reliably track genetic errors in individual cancer cells, and find out how these might lead to uncontrollable growth.
30 Jan 2019
A new technique to study tissue samples in 3D has revealed that pancreatic cancers can start and grow in two distinct ways, solving a decades-old mystery of how tumours form.
29 Jan 2019
A large-scale genomic analysis has revealed some of the inner workings of the body clock, suggesting that being genetically programmed to rise early may lead to greater well-being and a lower risk of schizophrenia and depression.
10 Jan 2019
Researchers at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology have found that support cells called astrocytes can actually lead the tempo of the body’s internal clock and have been shown for the first time to be able to control patterns of daily behaviour in mammals.
9 Jan 2019
MRC scientists have taken a major step forward in understanding how a family of viruses, including norovirus, initiate infections.
21 Dec 2018
People who are less likely to put on excess fat around their hips due to their genes are at higher risk of type 2 diabetes and heart attacks, according to a new study led by scientists from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit.
1 Nov 2018
Over the recent years, advances in technology have allowed many more diagnostic tests to be carried out at the patient’s bedside rather than the laboratory bench.
1 Nov 2018
New research suggests that improved housing with access to piped water may be the crucial keys to eliminating malnutrition and stunting in children.
15 Oct 2018
Only a small proportion of cases of dementia are thought to be inherited – the cause of the vast majority is unknown. Now, a team of scientists believe they may have found an explanation: spontaneous errors in our DNA that arise as cells divide and reproduce.