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Cancer-associated DNA changes exist in a quarter of normal skin cells

The study revealed that each cell in normal facial skin carries many thousands of mutations, mainly caused by exposure to sunlight. Around one in four skin cells in samples from people without cancer...

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Understanding the ancient world through language

Language played a key role in state formation and the spread of Christianity, the construction of ethnicity and negotiating positions of social status and group membership in the ancient world. It...

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Herpes virus hijackers

The common cold sore, caused by herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), is relatively harmless to most people, but for others it can cause life-threatening disease. In intensive care units, for example, the...

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Human Rights in the United Kingdom: Where Now?

First, what lies behind the desire of some politicians to secure the Human Rights Act’s repeal? Second, how might a British Bill of Rights differ from the present legislation? And, third, what...

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‘Pain sensing’ gene discovery could help in development of new methods of...

Pain perception is an evolutionarily-conserved warning mechanism that alerts us to dangers in the environment and to potential tissue damage. However, rare individuals – around one in a million people...

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Discovery shows what the solar system looked like as a ‘toddler’

An international team of astronomers, including researchers from the University of Cambridge, has identified a young planetary system which may aid in understanding how our own solar system formed and...

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New index of children’s ‘school readiness’ highlights importance of family...

Researchers at the University of Cambridge Centre for Family Research and Psychometrics Centre have completed a study in which they developed the simple questionnaire for teachers, dubbed the Brief...

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Ministerial visit reinforces research links to India

India’s Minister of State for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences, YS Chowdary, visited the University of Cambridge to witness the signing of a Letter of Intent between the University and India’s...

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2014 Admissions cycle statistics published

These statistics refer to applications made from September 2013 onwards, either for entry in October 2014 or deferred entry in October 2015. The biggest increases in applications were seen in...

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A is for Albatross

In June 1910 Dr Edward Wilson set sail from Cardiff to Antarctica on board the Terra Nova as the Chief of the Scientific Staff on the British Antarctic Expedition led by Captain Scott. On 1 November...

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Big Data – getting to the heart of the Information Revolution

Our unprecedented ability to collect, store and analyse data is opening up new frontiers in science and the humanities, from extending our knowledge of how the universe is built, to creating new...

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A-Level students pick Cambridge brains

Nathan Clark, Noel Fombanu and Lydia Rutherford, 17-year-old students from Lodge Park Academy in Corby, spent their Easter break interviewing leading academics about their research to create audio...

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Bad air day? Low-cost pollution detectors to tackle air quality

Rush hour can be maddening. Roads congested with traffic, public transport overcrowded, pavements heaving with people. But as well as the frustration, there’s a sinister side to the commute to work:...

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Scientists release Ebola sequencing data to global research community online

The team of British scientists, funded by the Wellcome Trust, is using semi-conductor next-generation sequencing technology developed by Thermo Fisher Scientific to generate data in a lab facilitated...

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Birds ‘cry hawk’ to give offspring chance to escape predators

New research has found that the 6 gram brown thornbill mimics the hawk alarm calls of neighbouring species to scare a nest predator by convincing it that a much bigger and scarier predator – the brown...

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Trinity Hall Boathouse reopened after refurbishment

The architectural design work was undertaken by Kate Hearle, one of the first female students at the College, who learnt to row at Trinity Hall and went on to compete in the Olympic Games in Seoul and...

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Let’s get statted

“I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians, and I’m not kidding,” Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google famously observed in 2009. It seems a difficult assertion to...

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Reprogramming of DNA observed in human germ cells for first time

Although our genetic information – the ‘code of life’ – is written in our DNA, our genes are turned on and off by epigenetic ‘switches’. For example, small methyl molecules attach to our DNA in a...

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‘Moral identity’ key to charitable time giving

Charities have long wrestled with the issue of persuading people to donate their time to worthy causes. Many potential time-givers donate money instead due to the perceived psychological costs of...

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Celebrating 10 million views on YouTube

The University of Cambridge’s YouTube channel has reached over 50,000 subscribers and over 10 million views through nearly 700 videos on many aspects of the University’s research and life in...

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