Press releases in 2012

11th December
No need to prepare
New method to directly sequence small genomes without library preparation
10th December
Single gene defect wipes out immunity
Gene knockout stops immune cell development
9th December
Bugs without borders
Researchers track the emergence and global spread of healthcare associated Clostridium difficile
6th December
Resetting genetic instructions
Epigenetics and reprogramming egg and sperm cells
Nobody's perfect
Researchers produce a catalogue of the deleterious and disease-causing genetic variants in healthy people
5th December
A leap forward for red blood cell formation
Researchers have identified 75 genetic regions that influence red blood cell formation
2nd December
Insights into the genetic causes of coronary artery disease and heart attacks
Largest coronary artery disease study to date identifies many new genetic regions associated with risk of heart attacks
29th November
Biology behind brain development disorder
Studies in mice confirm that mutations in the gene, UBE3B, cause a rare genetic disorder in children
19th November
The pig genome
Pig gene discovery could help combat animal and human disease
16th November
Transforming Tuberculosis control
TB's genetic 'family tree' holds the key to tackling outbreaks quickly and effectively
14th November
Bacterial DNA sequence used to map an infection outbreak
Researchers use genome sequencing to dissect and control an MRSA outbreak
6th November
New national stem cell resource
Wellcome Trust and MRC invest £13m to create a new national stem cell resource
31st October
Gut reaction: The evolution of IBD
Study finds immune response to bacterial infection may have shaped genetics of inflammatory bowel disease
The fruit of 1000 genomes
1000 genomes study is 'guidebook' to how genes vary
29th October
The biggest expansion of man in prehistory?
Y chromosome sequencing reveals hitherto unknown second expansion in prehistory
25th October
C'est difficile
Researchers develop cocktail of bacteria that eradicates Clostridium difficile infection in mice
11th October
Alex Bateman takes on protein sequence services at the European Bioinformatics Institute
Highly cited leader of biological databases moves across campus from the Sanger Institute
8th October
Award puts Africa diabetes under the microscope
Institute researcher collaborates with African-led diabetes project
4th October
Babies learn the smell of mum
Newborn mice use mum's unique odour, not a pheromone, to begin suckling
30th September
Novel pathogen epidemic identified in sub-Saharan Africa
Researchers track the spread of human invasive non-Typhoidal Salmonella in sub-Saharan Africa
21st September
Royal Society recognises Institute International Researcher
Dr Sam Kariuki receives the Royal Society Pfizer Award for his contribution to scientific research
9th September
Genetic clues to the causes of primary biliary cirrhosis
Researchers find new risk regions associated with primary biliary cirrhosis
5th September
Human genome far more active than thought
GENCODE Consortium discovers far more genes than previously thought
Google Earth of Biomedical Research
An integrated encyclopaedia of DNA elements in the human genome
2nd September
Near and far, nature and nurture
Study examines the genetic architecture of gene activity in twins to functionally link genes involved in human disease
12th August
Metabolic MAGIC
Meta-Analyses of Glucose and Insulin-related traits Consortium (MAGIC) reveal new genetic regions influencing blood glucose traits
5th August
Out of Europe
Researchers look at the spread of dysentery from Europe to industrializing countries
2nd August
Close to the bone
100 gene deletions in mice identifies 9 genes associated with bone strength
10th July
Royal Society recognises Institute researcher
Dr Matthew Hurles will give the 2013 Royal Society Francis Crick lecture
3rd July
New genetic culprits found in world-leading study of osteoarthritis
Major new study finds clues to the genetic causes of osteoarthritis
25th June
Cause of rare growth disease discovered
Scientists hopeful discovery will provide a biological target for drug therapy
21st June
Genomics and African Queens
Diversity within Ethiopian genomes reveals imprints of historical events
13th June
Tracking MRSA in real time
Study highlights benefits of rapid whole-genome sequencing
New build for bioinformatics
Ground is broken for new bioinformatics facility on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
Putting parasites on the world map
Methods developed to enable large-scale analysis of malaria parasite genomes from patient blood samples
11th June
Moving towards mitigating migraines
Researchers identify new gene variants associated with the most common form of migraine
8th June
Why resist insulin?
Finding genes associated with insulin resistance
17th May
Untangling the development of breast cancer
Researchers announce the first comprehensive genome studies of the evolution of 21 breast cancers
Deciphering the life history of 21 breast cancers
Whole genome sequencing used to determine the emergence of mutations over time
Mutational processes behind breast cancer
Researchers develop mutation catalogue to discover the processes behind 21 breast cancers
16th May
Understanding breast cancer
Landscape of cancer genes and mutational processes in breast cancer
11th May
Institute researcher is sequence-squeezing champ
James Bonfield wins worldwide competition to speed up access to genetic data
29th April
Gene against pancreatic cancer discovered
Study points to potential new treatment for deadly pancreatic cancer
23rd April
Rare muscular dystrophy gene mutations discovered
Study shows mutations in ISPD gene cause rare congenital muscular dystrophy in babies
20th April
Sanger Institute scientist elected Fellow of the Royal Society
Professor Gordon Dougan joins the Fellowship of the Royal Society
19th April
Key genes that switch off with ageing identified
Researchers identify key genes that switch off with ageing, highlighting them as potential targets for anti-ageing therapies
28th March
The path to personalised cancer treatment
Researchers identify genetic markers of drug sensitivity in cancer cells
25th March
Genetics of flu susceptibility
Researchers find gene that can transform mild influenza to a life threatening disease
22nd March
Subtle differences can lead to major changes in parasites
Researchers compare the genome of two parasites to explain differences in host range and transmission strategy
12th March
Institute researcher awarded Brain Prize
Two European neuroscientists awarded the €1 million BRAIN PRIZE 2012 for their pioneering work on the genetics of hearing and deafness
11th March
Tracing the UK's No1 sexually transmitted infection
Whole genome analysis of Chlamydia trachomatis highlights risks with current method of tracking
8th March
Sanger's shining stars
Two Sanger Institute researchers awarded science heirlooms from the Medical Research Council
7th March
What have we got in common with a Gorilla?
An insight into human evolution from the gorilla genome sequence
28th February
Improvements for animal research
Institute recognised for its work to reduce the number of animals used for research
26th February
Elusive platelet count and limb development gene discovered
New study will enable better antenatal diagnosis for sufferers of rare blood and skeletal disorder
19th February
Director discusses cancer evolution at prestigious conference
Professor Mike Stratton will speak at the 2012 AAAS annual meeting about the evolution of the cancer genome
16th February
When is a gene not a gene?
Researchers develop a new catalogue to help identify gene variations associated with disease
Preventing the devil's downfall
Genome of the Tasmanian devil contagious cancer sheds light on disease origin and spread
7th February
Sanger researcher awarded the ISTT Prize
Allan Bradley has been awarded the 9th ISTT Prize for his contribution to transgenic technologies
2nd February
Paths to Cardiovascular Diseases and Type 2 Diabetes
Study finds multiple genomic regions that influence markers of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
31st January
What are your views on what happens to your genomic information?
Survey aims to be the largest to capture public attitudes to sharing genomic results
25th January
Genetic screens bring new hope for tackling sleeping sickness
Researchers discover how human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) drugs target the parasite which causes the disease
20th January
New light on human evolution
New study provides insights into an ancient mechanism of mammalian evolution
12th January
New light on human evolution
New study provides insights into an ancient mechanism of mammalian evolution

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