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Identification of contaminated cells impacts decades of research

In biomedical research, one key system used to model disease and test treatments are ‘immortalised’ cell lines. These are cultures of cells, taken from a patient sample or an organ…

The suicide swarm: mosquitoes to halt the spread of disease

Mosquitoes are an annoying, if mostly harmless, summer threat in the UK and Europe. However, they are a major disease carrier in other parts of the world, spreading Dengue fever…

Brexit the first: our violent geographical divorce from France

The people may have (narrowly) chosen to leave Europe, but Britain itself broke away from the continent long before that. In a new study, researchers have demonstrated how the island…

The 30 second blood type test that could save lives

In a packed emergency department, timing is crucial. If an injured patient enters with catastrophic blood loss, they need a transfusion, and quickly. Many people don’t know their blood type,…

50 years of methadone treatment

Fifty years ago, America was gripped by a heroin crisis. Addiction had risen rapidly after the second world war, and centred on New York City, where approximately half of the…

Wake up & smell the anti-inflammation

A new study, published in Nature Medicine, has found that caffeine can block the processes of age-related inflammation. Inflammation is an immune response, important for fighting infection and clearing toxic…