Nine of the 44 new Royal Society Fellows announced today are Cambridge academics. Their election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society recognises their exceptional contributions to society. As Fellows of the UK's national academy of science, these leaders in the fields of science, engineering and medicine join other famous Cambridge names such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking.
Collaboration between the University Herbarium and Microsoft Research Ltd has made a unique botanical collection available to a world-wide audience.
Cancer Research UK is the world's leading independent charity dedicated to cancer research, spending around £300 million a year on world-class research to beat cancer. In November 2008, the charity launched a five-year plan to focus research on core areas of science that will have the greatest impact on reducing cancer deaths, with an emphasis on cancers that have poor survival rates.
A new method for diagnosing sickle cell disease has been found by researchers from Cambridge and Oxford Universities. This new test would be cheaper and easier to use than existing methods and provide a simpler alternative for use in developing nations.
The discovery of an elusive pump component opens up new avenues to understand and combat multidrug-resistant bacteria.
New insights into pregnancy are resulting from research on the interaction between mother and fetus at the placental interface.