Scientists have identified a group of planets outside our solar system where the same chemical conditions that may have led to life on Earth exist.
Five Cambridge science institutions have won a bid to engage the local region with science as part of European Researchers Night, the largest public science event in Europe. LIFE LAB is one of four UK initiatives awarded funding from the European Commission. It will establish a programme of pop-up science events in shopping centres, cafes and music venues across Cambridgeshire on 28th September 2018 and again on 27th September 2019.
Leprosy hijacks our immune system, turning an important repair mechanism into one that causes potentially irreparable damage to our nerve cells, according to new research that uses zebrafish to study the disease. As such, the disease may share common characteristics with conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
Enzymes made from artificial molecules which do not occur anywhere in nature have been shown to trigger chemical reactions in the lab, challenging existing views about the conditions that are needed to enable life to happen.
Discovery could lead to new treatments for this genetic disorder.
Cambridge neurologists have shown that an antibody used to treat leukaemia also limits and repairs the damage in multiple sclerosis.