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Human genome-editing research should proceed, say leading UK science bodies A group of leading UK research organisations has today issued an initial joint statement in support of the continued use of CRISPR-Cas9 and other genome-editing techniques in preclinical research. This includes the use of the technology for research purposes in human reproductive cells and early embryos, where this is fully justified, scientifically and ethically, and within the confines of the law. 2 September 2015
Draft Concordat on Open Research Data opens for consultation Research Councils UK (RCUK) has published a draft version of a new Concordat on Open Research Data for consultation. 19th August 2015
Two new Humanities and Social Science Collaborative Awards The Wellcome Trust has awarded two ambitious, five-year research projects as the first of its Humanities and Social Science Collaborative Awards. ‘Hearing the Voice’ and ‘Living with Feeling’ will explore crucial areas of health and experience, aided by the unique insights of the humanities and social sciences. 18 August 2015
Wellcome Trust comment on 2015 A level results Today students across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have received their A level examination results. For the first time in over five years, overall science A level entry numbers have decreased. 13 August 2015
The Sick of the Fringe: celebrating science, health and art at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Science and health are to be front and centre stage in a mini-festival of events during this years’ Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Sick of the Fringe is bringing together scientists, doctors and performers to explore and debate major issues in research, medicine and the human condition, as well as celebrating the shows in the Fringe that do the same. 10 August 2015
Ebola vaccine shows promising results Interim results from the Guinean phase III trial of the Ebola vaccine known as VSV-EBOV, co-funded by the Wellcome Trust, indicate that it is highly effective against the virus. 31 July 2015
Antibiotic resistance poorly communicated and widely misunderstood by UK public People in the UK have little awareness of what ‘antibiotic resistance’ means and how it might affect their health, according to new research commissioned by the Wellcome Trust. 29th July 2015
Large-scale trial will assess effectiveness of teaching mindfulness in UK schools A major Wellcome Trust study to assess whether mindfulness training for teenagers can improve their mental health launches today. 16 July 2015
New research will show how the environment could change the way we eat A new study funded by the Wellcome Trust will investigate how environmental changes over the next 20-30 years may impact the way we eat, in the UK and worldwide. 13th July 2015
Wellcome Trust Governor Kay Davies to receive award The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) has named Professor Dame Kay Davies the 2015 recipient of the annual William Allan Award. 1st July 2015
Call for contributions: Wellcome Image Awards 2016 The call for contributions for the Wellcome Image Awards 2016 is now open. The deadline is 9 September 2015, and all submitted images will be considered for the Awards, to be held in March 2016. 30 June 2015
Teachers receive ENTHUSE Celebration Awards for their exceptional contributions to science education The winners of the ENTHUSE Celebration Awards 2015, announced last night, 25th June 2015, at a prestigious ceremony at the Wellcome Trust, London. 26 June 2015
Update on Ebola treatment trial in Sierra Leone A clinical trial of a potential treatment for Ebola, called TKM-Ebola-Guinea, is no longer recruiting patients after reaching a pre-defined endpoint. Early results indicated that continued enrolment to the study, which has been running since March 2015 in Sierra Leone, was unlikely to demonstrate an overall therapeutic benefit to patients. 19th June 2015
Promising new treatment for malaria being developed A new compound that can kill the parasite that causes malaria is being developed by researchers as a potential treatment for the disease. If successful, it could lead to an affordable antimalarial drug that requires only a single dose and that also reduces transmission of the disease. 17 June 2015
Public engagement in science recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours list Several members of the Wellcome Trust community have been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2015. The list, which was announced over the weekend, includes over 1,000 people who are recognised for their achievements and contributions to society. 15 June 2015

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