Scientists deliver knock-out blow to multiple cancers

Targeting healthy cells that have been hijacked by cancer cells could help treat many different types of the disease, according to research funded by Cancer Research UK and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute today (Thursday). Scientists found that targeting an enzyme known as NOX4 stops the action of a type of cell … Read more

Wind power can provide energy on coldest days

A new study by climate scientists – published in the journal Environmental Research Letters – has advanced the understanding of the potential for wind power to provide energy during the coldest spells of winter weather. The team, which involved scientists from the Met Office Hadley Centre, Imperial College London and the University of Reading, compared wind power availability … Read more

Scientists to test Zika virus on brain tumours

In a revolutionary first, Cancer Research UK-funded scientists will test whether the Zika virus can destroy brain tumour cells, potentially leading to new treatments for one of the hardest to treat cancers. Dr Harry Bulstrode at the University of Cambridge has received a Cancer Research UK Pioneer Award to test the effect of the Zika virus on glioblastoma, … Read more

Scientists begin to unravel summer jet stream mystery

Scientists have discovered the cause of the recent run of miserable wet summers as they begin to unravel the mysteries of the Atlantic jet stream. Researchers from the University of Sheffield and the Met Office have identified a number of possible factors that may influence the Atlantic jet stream and therefore help to predict summer … Read more

Government to invest record £26.3 billion in UK’s world-class science until 2021

Science Minister Jo Johnson has set out the government’s commitment to put the UK at the forefront of research. Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson has today (4 March 2016) set out the government’s commitment to put the UK at the forefront of research to tackle some of the planet’s greatest challenges such as flooding, … Read more

Scientists discover how to trap cancer cells before they spread

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute and the University of Copenhagen have discovered a new way to potentially ‘fence in’ a tumour and help stop cancer cells spreading, according to a Cancer Research UK funded study published in EMBO Reports today, (Thursday). Tumours cause cells called fibroblasts to stiffen the surrounding tissue so that cancer cells can grip … Read more