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Wellcome Trust Image Awards 2015

Nicola Lawrence, in collaboration with Niele Dieckmann at the CIMR, have produced this beautiful super resolution micrograph. The roundish cell in the right of this image is under attack by the pointier natural killer (NK) cell on the left. The NK cell will release toxic chemicals - shown in red - that will cause the second cell to self-destruct.

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Primordial germ cells created from human ES cells

Research in the Surani Lab, in collaboration with the Weizmann Institute, has led to the production of primordial germ cells (precursors to egg and sperm) derived from human embryonic stem cells. This work is funded by the Wellcome Trust and BIRAX (the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership).

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Cancer Drug Granted European Approval

In collaboration with pharma, basic Research in the Jackson Lab has translated into a life extending treatment for ovarian cancer. AstraZeneca has announced approval for Lynparza.

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GSK Discovery Fast Track Challenge

Steve Jackson and Delphine Larrieu's work in the treatment of inherited laminopathies has been selected as one of the winners in GSK's 2014 Discovery Fast Track Challenge. The initiative has been designed to accelerate the translation of academic research into novel therapies. Delphine and Steve will now work with scientists in GSK's Molecular Discovery Research teams to test their hypotheses and to screen targets.

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PARP Inhibitor recommended by EMA

A new drug, Olaparib, developed to treat ovarian cancer sufferers through a principle established in the Jackson lab using PARP inhibitors, has received a positive recommendation from the European Medicines Agency.

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Gurdon Institute Seminar Series

Tue 24 Mar: Fiona Doetsch (University of Basel, Switzerland). "Stem cells in the brain: Glial Identity and Niches".

Tue 28 Apr: Brigid Hogan (Duke University Medical Center, USA). The Anne McLaren Lecture: "Stems cells in lung maintenance and repair".

Tue 19 May: Didier Stainier (Max Planck Institute for Heart & Lung Research, Bad Nauheim, Germany). "Imaging organ development and function in zebrafish".  

Unless otherwise described, all seminars will take place at 11.30am in the Biochemistry Lecture Theatre, Sanger Building, Tennis Court Road, and all are welcome to attend. Please see the Institute Calendar for details of other seminars.

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