Science news: 2017

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Biological fingerprint of tuberculosis meningitis discovered in children

Children with tuberculosis meningitis have a biological fingerprint that can be used to assess the severity of the condition, help decide the best course of treatment, and provide clues for novel treatments.
21 June 2017

Cells change type to help or hinder immunity

In news that may bring hope to asthma sufferers, scientists discover a mechanism that provides a possible new target for allergy treatments.
05 June 2017

Motor neuron disease discovery offers new insights into potential treatment targets

Scientists have discovered how certain forms of motor neuron disease begin and progress, revealing potential new ways to slow down or even stop this process.
30 May 2017

Understanding the architecture of our ‘second brain’

Insights into the organisation of gut nerve cells could help find treatments for gastrointestinal disorders.
19 May 2017

Crick spinout secures $100m collaboration

GammaDelta Therapeutics, a company built on the research of Adrian Hayday and Oliver Nussbaumer from the Crick and King’s College London, has secured a $100m (£77m) collaboration with pharmaceutical giant Takeda.
11 May 2017

A defence mechanism that can trap and kill TB bacteria

New discovery of how cells kill TB bacteria could help in the battle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria
10 May 2017

Pox virus discovery has implications for vaccines and cancer

Crick researchers have made the unexpected discovery that the Vaccinia virus, which was used in the vaccine that eradicated smallpox, needs proteins from the host cells it infects to replicate.
02 May 2017

New study reveals how embryonic cells make spinal cord, muscle and bone

A study sheds new light on the cells that form spinal cord, muscle and bone tissue in mammalian embryos.
27 April 2017

Tracking unstable chromosomes helps predict lung cancer’s return

Scientists at the Francis Crick Institute and UCL have found that unstable chromosomes within lung tumours increase the risk of cancer returning after surgery, and have used this new knowledge to determine the risk of relapse up to a year before the cancer returns.
26 April 2017

Study springs surprise: single gene mutation can lead to variable outcomes

Inactivating the same gene in mice that are virtually genetically identical can result in a wide range of different physical features or abnormalities.
21 April 2017

Controlling amino acids in diet could aid cancer treatment in future

Cutting out certain amino acids – the building blocks of proteins – from the diet of mice slows growth of some tumours and prolongs survival, according to new research.
20 April 2017

Research identifies brain cells that keep mice active

A mouse study provides insight into the brain circuits underlying what motivates us to be physically active
11 April 2017

Enzyme-free Krebs cycle may have been key step in origin of life on Earth

A set of biochemical processes crucial to cellular life on Earth could have originated in chemical reactions taking place on the early Earth four billion years ago.
13 March 2017

New studies show how malaria parasite grows and escapes from red blood cells

Two new studies from the Francis Crick Institute shed light on how the malaria parasite grows inside a host’s red blood cells and breaks out when it’s ready to spread to new host cells.
13 March 2017

Dedicated laboratory for schools opens

The first school groups are learning about science within one of the world’s leading biomedical laboratories.
08 March 2017

TB bacteria can elude our immune response by living inside dead macrophages

The bacteria responsible for tuberculosis (TB) can live on, thriving and replicating, inside human immune cells called macrophages that are sent to hunt them down.
27 February 2017

Steroid reduces risk of complication when treating HIV and TB patients

An inexpensive and readily accessible anti-inflammatory drug reduces the risk of a potentially dangerous complication in patients starting treatment for both TB and HIV.
24 February 2017

Cancer cells hijack healthy cells

An interaction between two proteins enables cancer cells to use the physical forces of healthy cells to start spreading to other parts of the body.
23 February 2017

What happens to gene transcription during DNA damage?

For the first time, scientists have described what happens at the molecular level when gene transcription slows down in response to DNA damage in a cell.
16 February 2017

Genes linked to malaria parasites’ ability to persist in the body

The ability of malaria parasites to persist in the body for years is linked to the expression of a set of genes from the pir gene family, scientists have found.
06 February 2017

More evidence for eating your greens

Cruciferous vegetables contain nutrients that might reverse susceptibility to gut pathogens in people at increased risk of infections.
01 February 2017

Yeast study reveals how CDK protein controls cell division timing

A study in yeast proposes an explanation for the timing of action of CDK – the ‘master regulator’ of cell division.
26 January 2017

New insights into infertility-causing sex chromosome disorders

Research carried out by Francis Crick Institute scientists provides new insights into sex chromosome disorders which typically cause infertility.
26 January 2017

Supporting actors take lead role as our brains age

Brain cells that support neurons change most as we get older, suggesting a new focus for dementia research
10 January 2017

Researchers reveal how cancer cells cope with genetic chaos

Scientists have uncovered how tumours are able to grow despite significant damage to the structure and number of their chromosomes, according to two new studies.
09 January 2017