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Healing the Incurable: Teaching an Old Drug New Tricks to Fight… – AlKhaleej Today

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IIn May, PhD students funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) were invited to participate in the Max Perutz Science Writing Award 2020 and explain to the public why your research matters. Of the many entries received, the 10 that were shortlisted covered a variety of topics, including motor neuron disease, self-harm, babies pain experiences and bone loss as a result of space travel.
The essays were judged by the observerIan Tucker, Roger Highfield from the Science Museum, Prof. Fiona Watt …

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Study findings may help identify new targets to inhibit spread of melanoma – News-Medical.Net

Research led by Queen Mary University of London has revealed novel insights into the mechanisms employed by melanoma cells to form tumors at secondary sites aro…

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Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Oct 20 2020
Research led by Queen Mary University of London has revealed novel insights into the mechanisms employed by melanoma cells to form tumors at secondary sites around the body. The findings from the study may help to identify new targets to inhibit melanoma spread and guide treatment decisions in the clinic.
Melanoma is an aggressive type of skin cancer, and melanoma cells disseminate easily through the body even at early stages of the disease. The sp…

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Why a coronavirus vaccine is politically valuable to China – The Conversation UK

Focusing on the coronavirus vaccine is a useful way for China to squeeze out room for more difficult questions about its initial response to COVID-19.

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Hundreds of people have been queueing in the city of Yiwu in eastern China in recent days to get an experimental vaccine for COVID-19. Although the vaccine is yet to complete its clinical trials, it was reportedly given to hundreds of thousands of people in the past few months, and is now being offered under an emergency use licence to the general public.
Around the world, as first waves pass and new waves close in, a coronavirus vaccine has become a focus of hope. For China, quick progress on…

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Hunt on for future Covid mutations that cause treatments to lose potency – The Guardian

UK genetics consortium to monitor changes in virus to spot resistance to antibodies

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Scientists are to increase surveillance for new coronavirus mutations amid concerns that future strains of the virus could develop at least partial resistance to antibody treatments and Covid-19 vaccines.
There is no evidence that the mutations seen so far could help the virus evade vaccines or treatments now in development, but genetic analysis of circulating strains suggests that partially-resistant variants can emerge and spread among humans.
TimelineWhat the UK government said on Covid tes…

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