Testing time for stem cells

23 Oct 2014

DefiniGEN is one of the first commercial opportunities to arise from Cambridge’s expertise in stem cell research. Here, we look at some of the fundamental research that enables it to supply liver and pancreatic cells for drug screening.

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Norovirus

Scientists take step towards drug to treat norovirus stomach bug

21 Oct 2014

An experimental drug currently being trialled for influenza and Ebola viruses could have a new target: norovirus, often known as the winter vomiting virus. A team of researchers at the University of Cambridge has shown that the drug, favipiravir, is effective at reducing – and in some cases eliminating – norovirus infection in mice.

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Getting close up and personal with print

20 Oct 2014

A copy of the first western printed book, the prayer book of Henry VIII’s last wife and an unpublished poem by Carol Ann Duffy go on display in a celebration of the 15th century at Cambridge University Library. 

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A tale of 38 teapots: an intimate portrait of 18th-century sociability

20 Oct 2014

At a seminar tomorrow (22 October 2014) archaeologist Craig Cessford will talk about the challenges of working on ‘clearance deposits’. He will use, as one of his examples, the recent excavation of a site in historic Cambridge that yielded a cache of teapots, and other items, that had lain undisturbed for more than 200 years.

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Brain lobes

AstraZeneca and University of Cambridge strengthen long-standing partnership

16 Oct 2014

AstraZeneca, its global biologics research and development arm, MedImmune, and the University of Cambridge today announce four new collaborations, building on their existing partnership. The latest collaborations reinforce AstraZeneca’s commitment to research in Cambridge following the company’s decision to locate one of its three global R&D centres and its global headquarters in the city that has been home to MedImmune’s biologics research laboratories for 25 years.

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