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9 Feb 2018
Scientists have successfully produced human kidney-like tissue within a living organism, which is able to produce urine. The study authors say it greatly advances our progress toward using stem cells to repair damaged kidneys.
4 Dec 2017
The UK has a strong background in epidemiology and public health research. One of the most robust sources of data for this area of research comes from the MRC’s unparalleled collection of large scale population cohort studies
17 Nov 2017
Mental health research will receive a huge £15 million boost today following the announcement of two new schemes to stimulate expertise, innovation and collaboration in the field.
17 Nov 2017
A new technique, called ‘Trim-Away’, can directly and quickly deplete proteins from any cell type. Trim-Away can also distinguish between different variants of the same protein and opens up new opportunities to understand the role of proteins in disease.
9 Nov 2017
In 2016, MRC-funded scientists studying the UK’s eating habits showed that thousands of deaths from heart disease and stroke could be prevented if everybody ate a Mediterranean diet. The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil and fruits and vegetables, have had a popular following for many years, but the study is the first to look at it in the real world of the UK thanks to the EPIC-Norfolk cohort group.
9 Nov 2017
The Mesolens – a giant microscope lens which combines high resolution with a large field of view – was listed as one of the top ten breakthroughs of 2016 by Physics World. The Mesolens was engineered by Dr Brad Amos at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) and can examine thousands of cells and the detail inside each cell at the same time.
8 Nov 2017
A new study has discovered how our body clocks cause wounds, such as cuts and burns, to heal faster if the injury happens during the day rather than at night. This could have implications for medical procedures and provides targets for drugs to improve wound healing.
6 Nov 2017
A study by researchers at the MRC Toxicology Unit has provided strong evidence that certain carbon nanotubes used in manufacturing could pose the same cancer risk as asbestos.
2 Nov 2017
In 2015, scientists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) developed a new technique using ‘designer molecules’ to control proteins inside living cells. Named BOLT, this technique could allow scientists to control defective proteins involved in many diseases.
1 Nov 2017
Scientists at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh have developed a new technique using stem cells to generate a liver ‘model’. Using this model, the team showed in 2016 that a novel microRNA – a tiny molecule that can switch genes on or off -- could reduce drug-induced liver toxicity, which could lead to developing new treatments for paracetamol overdoses.