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News in brief: June 2024

This month's top news in brief stories

Tech round up: June 2024

Best new tech this month

Telomere findings may offer insights

A new study shows that an enzyme called PARP1 is involved in repair of telomeres – the lengths of DNA that protect the tips of chromosomes – and that impairing this process can lead to telomere shortening and genomic instability that can cause cancer.

Under the microscope: mucus

This month: Mucus

A universal vaccine?

Scientists have demonstrated a new, RNA-based vaccine strategy that is effective against any strain of a virus and can be used safely even by babies and the immunocompromised.

Enzymes open new path to universal donor blood

The quest to develop universal donor blood has taken a decisive step forward, it is claimed.

Predictive model for tumour-killing cells

Scientists have developed a powerful predictive model for identifying the most potent cancer-killing immune cells for use in cancer immunotherapies.

New five-year plan to combat antimicrobial resistance

The government’s national action plan will commit the UK to reducing its use of antimicrobials – such as antibiotics, antifungals and antivirals – in humans and animals, strengthen surveillance of drug-resistant infections before they emerge and incentivise industry to develop the next generation of treatments.

Tech round up

Best new tech this month

Microsatellite instability cancer tests

New US research compares the data of newly diagnosed cancer patients who received two different types of tests to determine their course of treatment.

Vaccine for highly fatal tropical disease

In a mouse study, UCLA researchers tested a vaccine against the bacterium that causes melioidosis and found it was highly protective against the disease.

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