New insight into protein production in brain could help tackle dementia

A pioneering new study led by UCL scientists has revealed, for the first time, a layer of genetic material involved in controlling the production of tau; a protein which plays a critical role in serious degenerative conditions, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. The international research, conducted in mice and cells, also revealed this material is part of a larger […]

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We’ve smuggled tiny diamonds into cells to shine light on the development of cancer

Over the years, scientists have put together an amazing array of microscopic markers that they can place within cells whenever they need to label and observe distinct parts of a cell’s interior. Such labeling is used for a wide array of research, including cancer research. But sneaking these markers into cells, through the membrane that protects them from unwanted substances, […]

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EU leaders seek to inject energy into slow vaccine rollout

European Union leaders are gathering Thursday to try to inject new energy into the bloc’s lagging coronavirus vaccination efforts as concern mounts that new variants might spread faster than authorities can adapt. The leaders will meet via videoconference from 1400 GMT (9 a.m. EST). They’ll debate ways to ease production bottlenecks and speed up the rollout of vaccines, as well […]

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We might need to keep wearing masks into 2022 to defeat COVID-19

Despite a sharp decline in coronavirus cases and continued success with COVID-19 vaccines, it’s looking likely we will still be wearing masks for some time to come. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s coronavirus czar, said it’s possible masks could be needed until 2022. “I want it to keep going down to a baseline that’s so low there is virtually no […]

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England’s lockdown could last into March says minister

England on Tuesday entered a strict national lockdown aimed at stemming a steep rise in virus cases that a senior government minister warned could last into March. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the measures, including school closures and a ban on leaving home except for exercise and essential shopping, on Monday evening. Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove told Sky News […]

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New insights into Glioblastoma invasiveness

One of the hallmarks of Glioblastoma (GBM), the most aggressive type of brain cancer, is its high invasive capacity, which leads to its expansion into normal brain tissue. GBM cells insinuate themselves in the interstitial space of the neural tissue and migrate along blood vessels to more distant locations where they then metastasise. “Stray’ cancer cells can therefore escape surgical […]

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