Science news: Jul 2015

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Ebola vaccine shows promising results

Interim results from the Guinean phase III trial of the Ebola vaccine known as VSV-EBOV indicate that it is highly effective against the virus.
31 July 2015

IBD genetically similar in Europeans and non-Europeans

A trans-ethnic study has linked 38 regions of the genome with risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
20 July 2015

How cholesterol leads to clogged arteries

Discovery of the cellular processes that occur when cholesterol triggers inflammation linked to artherosclerosis.
17 July 2015

Elusive tumour suppressor protein function uncovered

The discovery of the biochemical function of a family of tumour suppressor proteins – called Rad51 paralogs – that has eluded scientists for two decades.
16 July 2015

First Mill Hill researcher to receive CRUK grant

Congratulations to Gitta Stockinger, who has just been awarded a Cancer Research UK (CRUK) grant for an immunologist looking to expand their interests into cancer research.
08 July 2015

Study identifies new way to kill the malaria parasite

Scientists have discovered new ways in which the malaria parasite survives in the bloodstream of its victims, which could pave the way to new treatments for the disease.
07 July 2015

Co-infection with malaria weakens immune response to helminth worms

Co-infection with gastrointestinal helminth worms and the malaria parasite weakens the immune response against the helminth, potentially prolonging the infection
06 July 2015

You are what your mother ate

The 10th Crick Symposium on Nutrition and the Developmental Origins of Disease
02 July 2015

Creating new fully functional brain cells

The identification of key genes for the conversion of astrocytes (cells that maintain neurons in the brain) to functional neurons has implications for repairing brain injuries or stroke damage.
02 July 2015

Extreme chromosomal instability paradoxically predicts improved prognosis in some breast cancer patients

Duplication or deletion of whole chromosomes or parts of chromosomes, known as chromosomal instability is linked to improved outcome in patients with ER-negative breast cancer.
01 July 2015

Study finds brain chemicals that keep wakefulness in check

Mice that have a particular brain chemical switched off become hyperactive and sleep for just 65 per cent of their normal time, according to new research from Imperial.
01 July 2015