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How can we measure the 'interdisciplinarity' of research?

5 December 2016

A report by Digital Science raises questions important to the production of better indicators of research activity. The study, sponsored by the Research Councils, and funded by the MRC, set out to compare the consistency of indicators often assumed to explain ‘interdisciplinarity’.  

Genetic differences in amino acid metabolism are linked to a higher risk of diabetes

29 November 2016

A study published today in the journal PLOS Medicine has identified the five genetic variants associated with higher levels of the branched-chain amino acids isoleucine, leucine and valine. The researchers also found that these genetic variants were associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Mayor of London opens revolutionary radiotherapy machine

22 November 2016

A pioneering new type of radiotherapy machine funded by the MRC and opened today by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has the potential to transform the care of cancer patients by directing radiation even at tumours that move during treatment.

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