A massive public health effort eradicated smallpox but scientists are still studying the deadly virus
The smallpox virus appears to have been with humanity for millennia before a global vaccination drive wiped it out. Current genome research suggests how smallpox spread and where it came from.
June 24, 2020 • ~12 min
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Cambridge-led study discovers new genetic causes of rare diseases, potentially leading to improved diagnosis and better patient care.
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The University of Cambridge is to take a leading role in a major national effort to help understand and control the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) announced today by the Government and the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser.
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Scientists hope to learn what makes certain red squirrels able to survive squirrelpox.
March 2, 2020 • ~5 min
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Whole genome sequencing of tumour cells could help predict the prognosis of a patient’s cancer and offer clues to identify the most effective treatment, suggests an international study published today in Nature Medicine.
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