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Scientists create artificial mouse ‘embryo’ from stem cells for first time

Understanding the very early stages of embryo development is of interest because this knowledge may help explain why a significant number of human pregnancies fail at this time. Once a mammalian egg...

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Meeting local needs: how the Fens can learn from research in Africa

When Dr Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi first arrived in Africa in 2003, the situation regarding HIV – her specialism – was “just awful”, she says. We’re all familiar with the devastating images of emaciated...

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Celebrating Black Cantabs

Gloria Claire Carpenter was probably the first black woman at the University of Cambridge. A Jamaican, she studied law at Girton College in 1945 and became a prominent social reformer, playing an...

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Race Equality Charter Bronze award

The Charter is a national scheme run by the Equality Challenge Unit, and addresses the representation, progression and retention of staff and students of ethnic minority backgrounds within higher...

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Cambridge scientist shares world’s largest neuroscience prize for research on...

The capacity to link reward to events and actions is the foundation of human and animal survival, and problems with the processing of reward lie at the heart of many neurological and psychiatric...

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Patients with OCD have difficulty learning when a stimulus is safe

OCD is a disorder characterised by intrusive thoughts and repetitive, irrational behaviours, for example an obsession with cleanliness leading to repetitive hand washing, or a fear that something...

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Abandoned Liszt opera finally brought to life - 170 years later

David Trippett, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge, first discovered the opera languishing in an archive in Weimar more than ten years ago. A trailer with extracts...

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Opinion: New ways to treat depression in teenagers

Around one in 20 teenagers suffers from depression. Episodes can last for several months. Unfortunately, about 50% of teenagers who have a depressive episode are at risk of falling ill again,...

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Another India exhibition gives voice to India’s most marginalised communities

Putting on display never-before-seen objects from the Museum’s historic collections, as well as stunning, newly-commissioned works from contemporary Adivasi sculptors, Another India tells the stories...

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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences aims to create world-leading...

CATS will foster science that underpins the discovery of new treatments and diagnostics, and the safe and effective use of existing medicines. It will combine excellent science with efficient...

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Final biomedical trial on captive chimpanzees is first oral Ebola vaccine for...

The results from the final biomedical research trial on captive chimpanzees for the foreseeable future have been published today in the journal Scientific Reports. The trial was of a vaccination for...

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Detect. Lock on. Intercept. The remarkable hunting ability of the robber fly

The robber fly Holcocephala is a relatively small fly – at 6mm in length, it is similar in size of the average mosquito. Yet it has the ability to spot and catch prey more than half a metre away in...

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Museum archive reconnects a London-based Congolese community with its heritage

The community is a London-based group called the Congo Great Lakes Initiative (CGLI). Its members aim to help people with Congolese and African heritage, some of whom are victims of post-conflict...

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Cambridge Science Festival begins today

Hundreds of mostly free talks, exhibitions and hands-on events will take place around the city during the annual two-week festival, covering everything from astronomy to zoology. This year’s theme is...

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Celebrating 10 years of European research excellence

When European government representatives met in Lisbon in the year 2000, and expressed an aspiration that Europe should become the world's leading knowledge economy by 2010, they agreed on the need to...

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Visualising the genome: researchers create first 3D structures of active DNA

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology used a combination of imaging and up to 100,000 measurements of where different parts of the DNA are close to...

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Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass

One of the challenges facing modern society is what it does with its waste products. As natural resources decline in abundance, using waste for energy is becoming more pressing for both governments...

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​Student welfare at the University of Cambridge receives funding boost

Funding body the Higher Education Funding Council For England announced today it was backing the University’s plans to roll out a series of initiatives, in collaboration with students, promoting...

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Opinion: The ICC can’t live with Africa, but it can’t live without it either

On the first of February, 2017, the African Union issued a resolution encouraging member states to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). Whatever comes of it, the reported plan is the...

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Opinion: How mapping teenagers’ brains has helped us understand more about...

  When I was studying for my PhD at the University of California at Berkeley, I spent an awful lot of my weekends asking teenagers to lie still in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. While...

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