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The self-defence force awakens

An army of cells constantly patrols within us, attacking anything it recognises as foreign, keeping us safe from invading pathogens. But sometimes things go wrong: the soldiers mistake benign cells...

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Fastest stars in the Milky Way are ‘runaways’ from another galaxy

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and computer simulations to demonstrate that these stellar sprinters originated in the Large Magellanic...

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Let’s celebrate Pride – and let our young people be proud, too

Tomorrow, tens of thousands of people will descend on London to celebrate Pride, the annual march through the streets of the city to celebrate lesbians, gays, people who are bisexual and transgender...

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New way of predicting kidney function could improve chemotherapy dosing for...

Kidneys perform a number of vital functions, including filtering waste and toxins out of the blood, producing vitamin D, and regulating blood pressure. The filtration function of the kidneys is...

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Studies begin on first Huntington’s disease sheep imported to UK

Huntington’s disease affects more than 6,700 people in the UK. It is an incurable neurodegenerative disease. It is typically an adult-onset disease, although there is a juvenile form. Initially, the...

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Global teamwork brings low-cost test for Weil's disease a step closer

Each year an estimated 1.03 million people around the world, many of them in poor countries, contract leptospirosis, with 58,900 of these infections resulting in death. Better known as Weil’s disease,...

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Student-led designs could help prevent childhood asthma deaths

The programme, called Designing Our Tomorrow, was founded by researchers at the University of Cambridge, and brings real-world problems into classroom design and technology sessions in secondary...

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Science fiction vs science fact: World’s leading AI experts come to Cambridge

The two-day conference (July 13-14) at Jesus College is the first major event held by the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) since its globally-publicised launch by Stephen Hawking...

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Opinion: Brexit, Euratom and Article 50

The European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) has become a focal point for the Brexit debate in the UK. The UK’s departure from this organisation does not simply raise important questions about the...

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Big, shape-shifting animals from the dawn of time

Why did life on Earth change from small to large when it did? Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have determined how some of the first large organisms,...

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Major funding for new crop sciences research centre that will be...

With the global population estimated to reach nine billion people by 2050, ensuring all people have access to sufficient food is one of this century’s greatest challenges. Today, the Higher Education...

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Green method developed for making artificial spider silk

A team of architects and chemists from the University of Cambridge has designed super-stretchy and strong fibres which are almost entirely composed of water, and could be used to make textiles,...

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Breath of life: how your risk of heart disease may stem back to your time in...

The history of science is littered with self-experimenters so passionate about their work that they used themselves as human guinea pigs, however ill-advisedly. Sir Joseph Barcroft (1872–1947) was one...

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Smallest-ever star discovered by astronomers

The smallest star yet measured has been discovered by a team of astronomers led by the University of Cambridge. With a size just a sliver larger than that of Saturn, the gravitational pull at its...

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Common strength ‘genes’ identified for first time

The researchers used data on hand grip strength from more than 140,000 participants in the UK Biobank study, combined with 50,000 additional individuals from the UK, Netherlands, Denmark and...

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Vice-Chancellor’s awards recognise the difference researchers make to society

The announcement was made at a prize ceremony held at the Old Schools on 13 July. At the same event, one of Cambridge’s leading experts on EU law – and in particular, Brexit – received one of the Vice...

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Snip, snip, cure: correcting defects in the genetic blueprint

Dr James Thaventhiran points to a diagram of a 14-year-old boy’s family tree. Some of the symbols are shaded black. “These family members have a very severe form of immunodeficiency. The children get...

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Cambridge to launch Polish Studies programme

The signing will mark the grant of 15 million złotys (approximately £3.1 million),  allocated to the University of Warsaw by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, to endow in perpetuity...

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Concerns over side effects of statins stopping stroke survivors taking...

Individuals who have had a stroke are at risk of a second stroke, which carries a greater risk of disability and death than first time strokes. In fact, one third of all strokes occur in individuals...

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Jane Austen treasure is on display tomorrow to mark the bicentenary of the...

When Jane Austen died on 18 July 1817 she had been working on a new novel. With four published novels (all published anonymously), she had accrued an enthusiastic following. The title she chose for...

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