Study will help our genetic understanding of dangerous new viruses12 November 2012Scientists studying the genes and proteins of human cells infected with a common cold virus have identified a new gene identification technique that could increase the genetic information we hold on animals by around 70 to 80 per cent. The findings, published in Nature Methods, could revolutionise our understanding of animal genetics and disease, and improve our knowledge of dangerous viruses such as SARS that jump the species barrier from animals to humans.
Understanding antibiotic resistance using crystallography and computation9 November 2012Scientists at the University of Bristol, together with collaborators at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, have solved the structure of an enzyme that breaks down carbapenems , antibiotics 'of last resort' which, until recently, were kept in reserve for serious infections that failed to respond to other treatments.
Knee repair clinical trial24 August 2012Azellon Ltd, a spin-out from the University of Bristol and the developer of stem cell therapies for tissue repair, have announced that recruitment had commenced for the phase I/IIa trial of its Cell Bandage for knee meniscus repair.
London Marathon charity run25 April 2012Congratulations to CMM staff member Jim Bird who raised over £1,000 for his chosen charity during the London Marathon 2012. Having already completed three half-marathons, Jim decided it was time to really push himself and so entered for a place in the London Marathon this year.
£750k for research into the mechanisms behind infectious diseases27 February 2012Dr Ariel Blocker in collaboration with Professor Keiichi Namba (University of Osaka School of Frontier Biosciences, Japan) and Dr Luca Giuggiolli (University of Bristol, Centre for Complexity Sciences), has been awarded a £750k project grant from the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) to carry out research into how a dysentery-causing bacterium infects its human host. This is the largest single award ever received by Dr Blocker's laboratory and it comes after several other productive MRC and Wellcome Trust awards in recent years.