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Secret of tetanus toxicity offers new way to treat motor neuron disease

The way that tetanus neurotoxin enters nerve cells has been discovered by UCL scientists, who showed that this process can be blocked, offering a potential therapeutic intervention for tetanus. This newly-discovered pathway could be exploited to deliver therapies to the nervous system, opening up a whole new way to treat neurological disorders such as motor neuron disease and peripheral neuropathies. More...

Published: Nov 28, 2014 9:10:00 AM

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Professor David Lomas appointed as new UCL Vice-Provost (Health)

UCL is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor David Lomas to the role of Vice-Provost (Health), replacing Professor Sir John Tooke, from 1st August 2015. More...

Published: Nov 27, 2014 1:14:32 PM

People of the Makua (Makhuwa) Bantu ethnic group in Mozambique

Scientific methods shed new light on evolution of kinship patterns

New biological methods used to trace the evolutionary history of kinship patterns shed new light on how societies developed as farming spread across the globe during the Neolithic, according to new research by a UCL-led international team. More...

Published: Nov 25, 2014 4:53:04 PM

UCL IOE

UCL and the Institute of Education confirm merger

UCL and the Institute of Education (IOE) have today confirmed that they will be merging with effect from 2 December. The merger will create a new institution with over 35,000 students, confirming UCL as the biggest higher education institution in London, and the largest postgraduate institution in the UK, with 19,000 postgraduate students. It will have over 11,000 staff and a combined income of over £1bn. More...

Published: Nov 25, 2014 4:09:21 PM

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Research reveals how our bodies keep unwelcome visitors out of cell nuclei

The structure of pores found in cell nuclei has been uncovered by a UCL-led team of scientists, revealing how they selectively block certain molecules from entering, protecting genetic material and normal cell functions. The discovery could lead to the development of new drugs against viruses that target the cell nucleus and new ways of delivering gene therapies, say the scientists behind the study. More...

Published: Nov 24, 2014 4:39:35 PM


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