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Key mutations in Alpha variant enable SARS-CoV-2 to overcome evolutionary...

SARS-CoV-2 is a coronavirus, so named because spike proteins on its surface give it the appearance of a crown (‘corona’). The spike proteins bind to ACE2, a protein receptor found on the surface of...

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University of Cambridge holds first in-person graduations since 2020

These particular ceremonies, held in the University’s 18th-century Senate House and known as General Admission to Degrees, will see students from 29 Colleges graduate over four days and have been...

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Scientists identify 160 new drugs that could be repurposed against COVID-19

In a study published today in Science Advances, a team led by researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Milner Therapeutics Institute and Gurdon Institute used a combination of computational...

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British consumers complicit in forty-year ‘healthy eating’ failure, new study...

Supermarkets and food manufacturers have been excessively blamed for Britain’s unhealthy eating habits since the 1980s, according to Cambridge historian Dr Katrina-Louise Moseley. In an article...

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Autistic individuals may be more likely to use recreational drugs to...

There is significant debate about substance use of autistic adolescents and adults. Some studies indicate that autistic individuals are less likely to use substances, whereas others suggest that...

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Early humans were sheltered from worst effects of volcanic supereruption

The eruption of the Toba volcano was the largest volcanic eruption in the past two million years, but its impacts on climate and human evolution have been unclear. Resolving this debate is important...

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Rare genetic variants confer largest increase in type 2 diabetes risk seen to...

Type 2 diabetes is thought to be driven in part by inherited genetic factors, but many of these genes are yet unknown. Previous large-scale studies have depended on efficient ‘array genotyping’...

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Cambridge and UAE in talks over pioneering collaboration

The University of Cambridge is in talks with the United Arab Emirates about a potential strategic partnership. These ongoing conversations have emerged from a shared commitment to creating a more...

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Climate changed the size of our bodies and, to some extent, our brains

An interdisciplinary team of researchers, led by the Universities of Cambridge and Tübingen, has gathered measurements of body and brain size for over 300 fossils from the genus Homo found across the...

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Women economists underrepresented ‘at every level’ in UK academia – report

Women are underrepresented “at almost every level” within the discipline of economics at UK universities, according to a new report co-authored by a Cambridge economist. Dr Victoria Bateman says that...

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Formula 1 engineering scholarship announced

Following the launch of Formula 1’s #WeRaceAsOne initiative last year it set out plans to increase diversity and inclusion across Formula 1, in addition to wider plans set out in its diversity and...

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Pilot summer schools taking place as Cambridge develops first widening...

The University of Cambridge will this year pilot two summer schools as part of efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented backgrounds to apply for postgraduate study. Experience Postgrad...

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Top UK organisations release annual statistics for use of animals in research

This is to coincide with the Home Office’s publication of Great Britain’s statistics for animals used in research in 2020. These ten organisations carried out 1,343,893 procedures, 47% or nearly half...

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University of Cambridge launches roadmap to support future growth of life...

The roadmap sets out a clear plan to create a bridge between two of Cambridge’s historical strengths — biomedical research and cutting-edge technology — and bring these specialisms together to develop...

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Biological ‘fingerprints’ of long COVID in blood could lead to diagnostic...

The team has received funding from the National Institute for Health Research to develop a test that could complement existing antibody tests. They also aim to use similar biological signatures to...

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World's poorest children missing out on pre-primary education

Spending on pre-primary education accounts for less than 1% of the international community’s aid to education – equivalent to just 34 cents per child, per year – according to analysis by Cambridge...

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Llama ‘nanobodies’ could hold key to preventing deadly post-transplant infection

Around four out of five people in the UK are thought to be infected with HCMV, and in developing countries this can be as high as 95%. For the majority of people, the virus remains dormant, hidden...

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Scientists reverse age-related memory loss in mice

In a study published in Molecular Psychiatry, the team show that changes in the extracellular matrix of the brain – ‘scaffolding’ around nerve cells – lead to loss of memory with ageing, but that it...

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Smartphone screens effective sensors for soil or water contamination

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have demonstrated how a typical touchscreen could be used to identify common ionic contaminants in soil or drinking water by dropping liquid samples on the...

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Blushing plants reveal when fungi are growing in their roots

This is the first time this vital, 400 million year old process has been visualised in real time in full root systems of living plants. Understanding the dynamics of plant colonisation by fungi could...

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