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The Astbury Centre

Our members address major questions associated with biological mechanisms in areas as diverse as membrane proteins; protein folding and assembly; viruses; and motor proteins. The Astbury Centre hosts 4-year PhD programmes funded by the Wellcome Trust and BBSRC that equip students with the wide range of expertise that may be used to address fundamental biological questions.

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Nanobody technology offers promise for stopping cancer spread

New research carried out at the University of Leeds, in collaboration with the CRUK Scotland Institute and the University of Cambridge, has led to the discovery of a nanobody that offers a potential new approach for preventing the spread of cancer, known as metastasis. A protein called Fascin-1, which is found at high levels in...

Professor Sheena Radford elected to the National Academy of Sciences

A huge congratulations to Professor Sheena Radford who has been elected as an international member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Membership of the Academy is among the highest honours in science. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars based in the United States of America. Established by an...

Rescuing ribosomes and bewildering bear hugs: inside a critical biological process

A group of scientists from the University of Leeds and the University of Dundee have discovered new knowledge in how ribosomes – the key machinery that makes proteins for our cells - are rescued. The researchers used an imaging technique called cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) to visualise the 3D structure of UREL bound to the ribosome...

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