Science news: Apr 2015

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2015 Fellows of the Royal Society

Congratulations to Frank Uhlman of the Francis Crick Institute, who became a Fellow of the Royal Society on 30 April 2015.
30 April 2015

DMDD data accessible on new website

The Wellcome Trust-funded research programme ‘Deciphering the Mechanisms of Developmental Disorders’ (DMDD) which is coordinated by scientists at the Francis Crick Institute has launched its new website.
27 April 2015

Crick expert warns against impractical ban on genetic editing of embryos

A leading expert on developmental genetics from the Francis Crick Institute has warned against calls for a moratorium on the genetic editing of human embryos.
24 April 2015

Scientists discover asthma's potential root cause

Scientists have, for the first time, identified the potential root cause of asthma and an existing drug that offers a new treatment.
22 April 2015

Scientists discover protein that boosts immunity to viruses and cancer

The discovery of a protein that plays a key role in promoting immunity to viruses and cancer is hoped to lead to new treatments.
16 April 2015

Scientists decipher key steps in cancer development to improve treatment

The discovery of the timing of genetic mistakes common in many types of cancer might help explain why tumours become resistant to treatment and lead to new ways to tackle the problem
15 April 2015

Melanoma’s ‘safe haven’ targeted for shut-down

Melanoma cells can use surrounding healthy cells to provide a shield that enables them to resist treatment
13 April 2015

Human immune system can control re-awakened HIV, suggesting ‘kick and kill’ cure is possible

The human immune system can handle large bursts of HIV activity and so it should be possible to cure HIV with a ‘kick and kill’ strategy.
13 April 2015

Molecular detail of how HIV virus family subverts host cell’s own defences

Viruses in the HIV family use alternative methods to turn host cells on themselves and enable infection, in work that’s hoped to lead to a new way of treating HIV/AIDS.
08 April 2015

Missing link found in cancer gene pathway

Scientists hope that the discovery of the missing link in a cancer pathway involving Ras, a gene that is commonly mutated, may lead to ways to block the effects of the gene to slow the disease.
08 April 2015

Signalling molecule insights could help repair damaged tissue or limit disease

A new study offers insight into how cells respond to the signalling protein Shh, a key factor in developing embryos and in some cancers.
02 April 2015