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Zoom Box competition winners announced

Visitors to our hands-on Science Festival event back in March went home with their Zoom Box mobile phone microscopes and sent lots of imaginative photos to our competition. The Gurdon Institute judging panel has chosen this winning image by Neve, aged 7, titled "I'll leaf it with you", of a preserved tropical leaf showing just the veins. Neve wins an Apex microscope and a visit with her family to the Institute, to tour the microscopy facilities.

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Suppressor screen in yeast identifies mechanism for anti-cancer drug resistance

Using yeast as a model system to understand how cells might acquire resistance to the anti-cancer drug camptothecin, the Jackson lab define a mechanism that involves control of DNA topology and appears to be conserved in other eukaryotic cells, including human cells.

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Inherited Stella protein regulates embryo gene activity

The Surani lab with colleagues at EMBL show that soon after fertilisation, a critical portion of the embryonic genome is switched on through the actions of the maternally inherited protein Stella, in part through controlling the activation of transposable elements.

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Role for FGFR2 in airway stem cell renewal and differentiation

The Rawlins and Piddini labs show that signalling through FGF receptor 2 is required in airway basal stem cells for self-renewing divisions and differentiation. This pathway maintains homeostasis in the adult airway epithelium, and may be at fault in cancer or degenerative disease.

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Jackson lab celebrates 25 years with a reunion party

Prof Steve Jackson is one of the Gurdon Institute's longer-serving group leaders. Just before Easter his lab celebrated their 25th anniversary by gathering over 70 former and current members together. Lab alumni from as far afield as Japan, Canada, USA and Israel attended the two-day conference, dinner and party, and shared this marvellous cake from Worldwide Cancer Research, one of the funders of Steve's research.

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Next in the Gurdon Institute Seminar Series

The final seminar for the 2016-17 academic year will be delivered on 9th May by Steven McKnight (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center) on 'A solid state conceptualization of information transfer from gene to message to protein'. All welcome. A packed programme awaits us at the start of next academic year...

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We're recruiting postdocs!

Several group leaders are seeking applications for postdoc positions. Come and join our world-leading scientists and enjoy the many benefits of postdoc life in Cambridge.

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Studying development to understand disease

The Gurdon Institute is funded by the Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK to study the biology of development, and how normal growth and maintenance go wrong in cancer and other diseases.


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