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Study identifies genetic changes likely to have enabled SARS-CoV-2 to jump from bats to humans

8 January 2021

A new study, involving the University of Cambridge and led by the Pirbright Institute, has identified key genetic changes in SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes COVID-19 - that may be responsible for the jump from bats to humans, and established which animals have cellular receptors that allow the virus to enter their cells...

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Very Sad News - Professor Sir Peter Lachmann FRS FMedSci (1931-2020)

5 January 2021

Cambridge Immunology is sad to note the death of Professor Sir Peter Lachmann FRS FMedSci on Saturday 26th December 2020. Internationally renowned academic and clinical immunologist who studied autoimmunity and inflammation and clinical and translational immunology.

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Cambridge academics recognised in 2021 New Year Honours

31 December 2020

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have been recognised in the 2021 New Year Honours, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to society. Dr Michael Weekes from the Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease (CITIID) has been awarded the British Empire Medal for or services to...

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Gut research identifies key cellular changes associated with childhood-onset Crohn’s Disease

8 December 2020

Scientists have tracked the very early stages of human foetal gut development in incredible detail, and found specific cell functions that appear to be reactivated in the gut of children with Crohn’s Disease. The results are an important step towards better management and treatment of this devastating condition. The...

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Cambridge-led SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance consortium receives £12.2 million

16 November 2020

The COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium has been backed by the Department for Health and Social Care Testing Innovation Fund to expand whole genome sequencing of positive SARS-CoV-2 virus samples to map how COVID-19 spreads and evolves. The £12.2M funding will facilitate the genome sequencing capacity needed to meet...

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Why it takes guts to protect the brain against infection

4 November 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, confirmed in human samples, has shown that the brain has a surprising ally in its protection: the gut. Read the original article here>

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Tiny golden bullets could help tackle asbestos-related cancers

28 October 2020

Gold nanotubes – tiny hollow cylinders one thousandth the width of a human hair – could be used to treat mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, according to a team of researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Leeds. Read the original article here>

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COVID-19: "We’re in it for the long haul."

21 October 2020

In late 2019, a new institute opened on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Its timing could not have been better - as the COVID-19 pandemic sent Britain into lockdown several months later, the institute found itself at the heart of the University’s response to this unprecedented challenge. Read the original article here>

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Vice-Chancellor’s awards showcase impact and engagement during the pandemic

6 October 2020

Academics, students and professional members of staff from across the University have been recognised in this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Research Impact and Engagement Awards for their work in areas including COVID-19 testing, PPE production and online engagement. Read the original article here>

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Cambridge researcher named to Time 100 list of world's most influential people

23 September 2020

Professor Ravi Gupta has been named today as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of the Year , in recognition of his work to bring about the second-ever cure of a patient with HIV. In 2019, the case of ‘ The London Patient ’ made global headlines, as 40-year-old Adam Castillejo underwent a bone marrow...

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