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Professor Martin Birchall on the landmark larynx transplant

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RNAP laboratory develops novel theory on evolution of transcription

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Finn Werner and Dina Grohmann from the RNAP laboratory at UCL SMB have developed a novel theory on the evolution of transcription regulation – the ‘elongation first hypothesis’ 1. By studying the structure and function of the engine of transcription, RNA polymerase (RNAP), and the factors that orchestrate its activities they conclude that the ancestral RNAP of the last universal common ancestor (LUCA) of all extant life was regulated during the elongation phase of the transcription cycle. This theory represents a paradigm shift in the field since according to textbook dogma RNAP - and thereby gene expression - is principally controlled at the level of transcription initiation.

Rising indoor winter temperatures linked to obesity?

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'Why did the scientist cross the road?' - Scientist turns comedian for the night

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Child Health CHRAT Summer Studentships

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Are you interested in undertaking a short research project this summer?

The Trustees of the Child Health Research Appeal Trust have decided to continue the Summer Vacation Studentship Scheme for a further year. Up to six studentships will be available for undergraduate students studying science or medicine with maintenance support of £190 per week for a period of up to eight weeks.

UCL Neuroscientist receives prize to promote German-Anglo relations

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Eleanor Maguire

Professor Eleanor Maguire, a researcher at UCL’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, has been awarded the 2011 Feldberg Foundation prize, to facilitate the exchange of scientific knowledge between German and British scientists.

Love: it’s all the same to the brain

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