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Scientists discover two repurposed drugs that arrest neurodegeneration in mice

University of Cambridge April 20, 2017 A team of scientists who a few years ago identified a major pathway that leads to brain cell death in mice, have now found two drugs that block the pathway and prevent neurodegeneration. The drugs caused minimal side effects in the mice and one is already licensed for use

Reprogramming of DNA observed in human germ cells for first time

Monday, June 8, 2015 - University of Cambridge A team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge has described for the first time in humans how the epigenome – the suite of molecules attached to our DNA that switch our genes on and off – is comprehensively erased in early primordial germ cells prior

Scientists grow ‘mini-lungs’ to aid the study of cystic fibrosis

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have successfully created ‘mini-lungs’ using stem cells derived from skin cells of patients with cystic fibrosis, and have shown that these can be used to test potential new drugs for this debilitating lung disease. We can use these 'mini-lungs' to learn more about key aspects of serious diseases –

A new fingerprint ID device gives healthworkers access to accurate patient records

A pocket-sized fingerprint scanner that links individuals' fingerprints to their health records has been created by a team of students and has the potential for widespread health benefits, according to a new study. In an article in the peer-review journal Global Health: Science and Practice, four students - three of them Gates Cambridge Scholars -

Molecular Inhibitor Breaks Cycle That Leads to Alzheimer’s

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:15am University of Cambridge Transmission electron microscopy image showing a molecular chaperone (the black dots) binding to thread-like amyloid-beta (Aβ42). Source: S. Cohen/University of CambridgeA molecule that can block the progress of Alzheimer’s disease at a crucial stage in its development has been identified by researchers in a new study, raising the