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Cooperation is key to success in microbial communities

The results are published today in the journal Nature Microbiology. The study used kefir as a model to study metabolic interactions within microbial communities. It is easy to grow, and consists of...

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‘Virtual biopsies’ could replace tissue biopsies in future thanks to...

The research published in European Radiology shows that combining computed tomography (CT) scans with ultrasound images creates a visual guide for doctors to ensure they sample the full complexity of...

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Study identifies genetic changes likely to have enabled SARS-CoV-2 to jump...

The genetic adaptions identified were similar to those made by SARS-CoV - which caused the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic - when it adapted from bats to infect humans. This suggests that there may be a...

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Asymptomatic screening and genome sequencing help Cambridge understand spread...

Now, the team running the programme has joined up with researchers at the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK) to track how infections spread among the student population. They have shown how a...

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Mindfulness can improve mental health and wellbeing – but unlikely to work...

Mindfulness is typically defined as ‘the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment’. It has...

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Family court decisions distorted by misuse of key research, say experts

Seventy experts from across the globe argue that widespread misunderstandings around attachment research have hampered its accurate implementation, with potentially negative consequences for decisions...

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Cambridge Foundation Year offers new route to undergraduate study for...

The one-year course – aimed at an entirely new stream of applicants who have the ability to succeed at Cambridge, but have been prevented from reaching their full potential by their circumstances –...

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Quantum projects launched to solve universe’s mysteries

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is supporting seven projects with a £31 million investment to demonstrate how quantum technologies could solve some of the greatest mysteries in fundamental physics....

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Mathematics explains how giant ‘whirlpools’ form in developing egg cells

Egg cells are among the largest cells in the animal kingdom. Unpropelled, a protein could take hours or even days to drift from one side of a forming egg cell to the other. Luckily, nature has...

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High insulin levels during childhood a risk for mental health problems later...

The researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, used a sample of over 10,000 people to study how insulin levels and body mass index (BMI) in childhood may be linked with depression and psychosis...

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Following the hops of disordered proteins could lead to future treatments of...

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, the University of Milan and Google Research have used machine learning techniques to predict how proteins, particularly those implicated in neurological...

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DNA test can quickly identify pneumonia in patients with severe COVID-19,...

For patients with the most severe forms of COVID-19, mechanical ventilation is often the only way to keep them alive, as doctors use anti-inflammatory therapies to treat their inflamed lungs. However,...

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Submissions open for BBC National Short Story Award and BBC Young Writers’...

The BBC National Short Story Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000, and four further shortlisted authors £600 each. The stories will...

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Likelihood of severe and ‘long’ COVID may be established very early on...

Among the key findings, which have not yet been peer-reviewed, are: Individuals who have asymptomatic or mild disease show a robust immune response early on during infection. Patients requiring...

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Low-carbon policies can be ‘balanced’ to benefit small firms and average...

Some of the low-carbon policy options currently used by governments may be detrimental to households and small businesses less able to manage added short-term costs from energy price hikes, according...

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Successive governments’ approaches to obesity policies have destined them to...

This is the conclusion of new research by a team at the University of Cambridge funded by the NIHR School for Public Health Research. The researchers say their findings may help to explain why, after...

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Male butterflies mark their mates with a repulsive smell during sex to ‘turn...

Led by Professor Chris Jiggins in the University of Cambridge's Department of Zoology, the team mapped production of the scented chemical compound to the genome of a species of butterfly called...

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New starfish-like fossil reveals evolution in action

The prototype starfish, which has features in common with both sea lilies and modern-day starfish, is a missing link for scientists trying to piece together its early evolutionary history.  The...

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Free online tool calculates risk of COVID-19 transmission in...

The results, reported in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A, show that social distancing measures alone do not provide adequate protection from the virus, and further emphasise the vital...

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Engaging, inspiring, exciting: A new festival for Cambridge

The inaugural Festival aims to tackle and offer solutions for humanity’s most pressing issues, from pandemics, climate change and global economics, to human rights and the future of democracy. The...

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