Combating infectious diseases and the threat of antimicrobial resistance remains one of the greatest global challenges.


Discovery of shape of the SARS-CoV-2 genome after infection could inform new COVID-19 treatments

05 Nov 2020

Scientists at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with Justus-Liebig University, Germany, have uncovered how the genome of SARS-CoV-2 - the...

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Confocal micrograph showing the superior saggital sinus in the mouse. Immune cells are shown in green lining this tube, and blood vessels in red

Why it takes guts to protect the brain against infection

04 Nov 2020

The brain is uniquely protected against invading bacteria and viruses, but its defence mechanism has long remained a mystery. Now, a study in mice...

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Focus on COVID-19 deaths in under-65s for better insights into infection rates across populations, say researchers

02 Nov 2020

Simply comparing the total number of deaths across countries may provide a misleading representation of the underlying level of transmission of SARS-...

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Drug-resistant hospital bacteria persist even after deep cleaning, genomic study reveals

26 Oct 2020

Scientists have used genome sequencing to reveal the extent to which a drug-resistant gastrointestinal bacterium can spread within a hospital...

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‘Mini-lungs’ reveal early stages of SARS-CoV-2 infection

23 Oct 2020

‘Mini-lungs’ grown from tissue donated to Cambridge hospitals have provided a team of scientists from South Korea and the UK with important insights...

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Lockdown or not, personality predicts your likelihood of staying home during the pandemic

15 Oct 2020

Despite more of the population staying at home as government policies on COVID-19 become stricter, a study has found that a person’s personality...

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Cambridge-developed SARS-CoV-2 vaccine receives £1.9million from UK government for clinical trial

26 Aug 2020

A Cambridge-developed vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2 could begin clinical trials in the UK in late autumn or early next year, thanks to a £1...

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Tackling COVID-19: Professor Daniela De Angelis

20 Aug 2020

Since January this year, Daniela De Angelis and her team have been informing the UK Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their real-time...

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Ageing heart cells offer clues to susceptibility of older people to severe COVID-19

18 Aug 2020

Genes that play an important role in allowing SARS-CoV-2 to invade heart cells become more active with age, according to research published today in...

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Beyond the pandemic: reduce the risk of animal viruses jumping to humans

30 Jul 2020

Cambridge zoologists Bill Sutherland and Silviu Petrovan warn that we must dramatically change the way we interact with animals to reduce the risk of...

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Massacred 10th century Vikings found in a mass grave at St John’s College, Oxford

Vikings had smallpox and may have helped spread the world’s deadliest virus

23 Jul 2020

Scientists have discovered extinct strains of smallpox in the teeth of Viking skeletons – proving for the first time that the killer disease plagued...

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Phone-based HIV support system repurposed for COVID-19 monitoring in Uganda

22 Jul 2020

A cost-effective phone-based system developed by a Cambridge researcher and her Ugandan colleagues to support HIV patients has been rapidly adapted...

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