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zaterdag 4 november 2017

MRC: Genome editing reveals role of gene important for human embryo development

Genome editing reveals role of gene important for human embryo development

Researchers have used genome editing technology to reveal the role of a key gene in human embryos in the initial few days of development for the first time.

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Over 60s not using public transport despite health benefits

Two thirds of adults over 60 rarely or never use public transport, even though it's free or discounted and brings health benefits, according to a study published in BMJ Open and co-funded by the MRC and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Scientists solve 3D structure of key protein in Parkinson's disease

Scientists have identified the structure of a key enzyme - called PINK1 - that when mutated can cause Parkinson's disease. 

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Research Councils sponsor Science Museum Superbug exhibition

A new Science Museum exhibition that will highlight the urgent need to tackle antibiotic resistance is being sponsored by the UK's seven research councils, soon to become part of UK Research and Innovation.

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Genes critical for hearing identified

Fifty-two previously unidentified genes that are critical for hearing have been found by testing over 3,000 mouse genes. The newly discovered genes will provide insights into the causes of hearing loss in humans, say scientists.

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Five projects shortlisted for prestigious Newton Prize

Five MRC projects have been shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize, an annual £1 million fund awarded for the best research or innovation that promotes the economic development and social welfare of developing countries.

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Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2017 – winner announced

MRC-funded PhD student Kirstin Leslie from the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, has won this year's Max Perutz Science Writing Award.

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