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Celebrating MRC successes

To celebrate the successes of MRC-funded research and the people behind the discoveries, today we’ve launched a timeline of MRC research and discoveries*. And in true MRC advent calendar-style, throughout December we’ll be highlighting a different discovery each day – let the countdown to Christmas begin!

*A new discovery will be revealed each day in this post. Click the image below to view the complete timeline.

Timeline of MRC research and discoveries

3 December

1933: Discovery of the influenza virus

MRC scientists proved that influenza is caused by a virus, rather than a bacterium, after studying ferrets in their laboratory which had caught the illness from researchers. Read more

Cholangiocarcinoma: The cancer you’ve never heard of

Katie EmberIn her runner-up article for the 2016 Max Perutz Science Writing Award, Katie Ember, a PhD student at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, explains how she is using light to improve detection of a rare cancer.

It’s just as vital to our survival as our hearts. But the first time I watched a human liver being dissected, I realised how little I knew about this incredible organ.  Read more

Global action on antimicrobial resistance

Last year a UK-China research collaboration took an unexpected turn following the discovery of resistance to the ‘last resort’ antibiotic: colistin. Here Professor Timothy Walsh, Professor of Medical Microbiology at Cardiff University, describes how the global community can learn from the positive steps taken by the Chinese Government.

Board game with path on the cityAntibiotic resistance is really all about people and society. We often blame antimicrobial resistance on the bug and how resistance can travel from one bug to another. But different sectors, for example farming, hospitals and communities, are all critically linked.

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