MRC Human Genetics Unit
Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit

News 2016

An archive of IGMM News from 2016

Apply now: Precision Medicine PhD Programme

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Precision Medicine PhD Programme open to applications: December 2016

Studies shed light on health impacts of key cell division machinery  

shed light on health impacts of key cell division machinery
Two new studies shed new light on how defects in cell division can affect normal growth and development of the body and can lead to diseases such as cancer: October 2016

Epigenetics reins in stem cell differentiation

e-Life article reveals role for polycomb in stem cell priming: news 10.2016
e-Life article reveals role for polycomb in stem cell priming: October 2016

Grzegorz Kudla selected for EMBO Young Investigator Programme

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Dr Grzegorz Kudla, of the MRC Human Genetics Unit, has been selected for the prestigious EMBO Young Investigator Programme: October 2016

IGMM student blog for NatureJobs: why scientists need to step out of their comfort zone

IGMM student blog for NatureJobs
IGMM PhD Student Réka Nagy, based within the MRC Human Genetics Unit, is unravelling how genetics shapes our health using large family-based datasets: September 2016

New perspectives on cancer evolution from genome sequencing

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Researchers at the MRC Human Genetics Unit led by Professor Colin Semple have just published one of the largest studies of tumour WGS so far: August 2016

Diseases that run in families not all down to genes, study shows

Diseases that run in families not all down to genes, study shows
Family history of disease may be as much the result of shared lifestyle and surroundings as inherited genes, research has shown: July 2016

HRH The Princess Royal opens new IGMM building

HRH The Princess Royal opens Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine East Building
On 7th July 2016, HRH The Princess Royal visited the MRC Institute of Genetics & Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh (IGMM) to officially open the new East Building: July 2016

Election to Academia Europaea

J.Caceres news 2016
Professor Javier Caceres, Head of the Genome Regulation Section at MRC HGU, has been elected to the Academia Europaea: June 2016

John Inglis prize, best student presentation

Student awards 2016
We are delighted that Reka Nagy and Jon Wells have won this year's John Inglis prize for the best student presentation: June 2016

Dr Patton tackling melanoma through new Team Science Award

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Dr Liz Patton has been awarded the L’Oréal Paris USA–MRA Team Science Award: May 2016

Genetic barcode could pave way to bespoke liver cancer therapies

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The study, with Dr John Thomson, sought to understand the chemical changes that take place in liver cells over time: May 2016

Holidays in the sun hold key to boosting vitamin D, study finds

key to boosting vitamin D
People who take foreign breaks have higher levels of vitamin D in their blood, which has been linked to wide-ranging health benefits, a study has found: 16 May 2016

PhD Tooba Quidwai visit to Cold spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL)

Edinburgh Super Resolution Imaging Consortium (ESRIC) PhD Tooba Quidwai visit
1st year Edinburgh Super Resolution Imaging Consortium (ESRIC) student, Tooba Quidwai, attended the Quantitative Imaging: from Cells to Molecules course in the Cold spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), New York: May 2016

Flagging up new gene switches

Flagging up new gene switches: news 2016
The human genome contains barely more protein-coding genes than that of a fruit fly: May 2016

Dr Wood awarded 2017 Balfour Lecture

Dr Andrew Wood awarded 2017 Balfour Lecture
The Genetics Society has announced that the 2017 Balfour Lecture will be awarded to Dr Andrew Wood: April 2016

Yeast study charts survival impact of genetic mutations

Yeast study charts survival impact of genetic mutations: news 2016
Scientists from the MRC Human Genetics Unit have mapped how thousands of genetic mutations can affect a cell’s chances of survival: April 2016

Science writer Dr Kat Arney visits IGMM to discuss book on how our genes work

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On Thursday 31st March IGMM hosted Dr Kat Arney, science writer and broadcaster. Dr Arney has just released a book, Herding Hemingway’s Cats: March 2016

Gene changes cut lifespan

Gene changes cut lifespan: news 2016
Scientists have identified DNA changes that can cut a person’s lifespan by up to three years. They have discovered two separate areas of the human genome where differences in the DNA code may affect how long a person lives: March 2016

Parent carer scientist

Parent carer scientist: news 2016
The Royal Society has launched Parent Carer Scientist, a book and project that celebrates people combining a career in science with a family life: March 2016

Couples' lifestyle choices impact on obesity risk

Couples' lifestyle choices impact on obesity risk: news 2016
The lifestyle a person shares with their partner has a greater influence on their chances of becoming obese than their upbringing, research suggests: March 2016

Dr Sproul receives CRUK Career Development Fellowship

Dr Duncan Sproul receives CRUK Career Development Fellowship: news 2016
Dr Duncan Sproul, was recently awarded the 6 year CRUK Career Development Fellowship, worth £1.3M: February 2016

New award to reveal secrets of single cells

New award to reveal secrets of single cells: news 2016
On 15th February Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson announced £650,000 funding to the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University: February 2016

Physical attraction linked to genes that control height

Our choice of romantic partner can be determined by genetics more than we might expect, a study suggests: news 2016
Our choice of romantic partner can be determined by genetics more than we might expect, a study suggests: February 2016

How two-tone cats get their patches comes to light in cell study

Scientists have discovered how the distinctive piebald patches seen in black and white cats and some horses are formed in the wo
Scientists have discovered how the distinctive piebald patches seen in black and white cats and some horses are formed in the womb: January 2016