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.

AI can detect COVID-19 in lung ultrasound images

Artificial intelligence can spot COVID-19 in lung ultrasound images, much like facial recognition software can spot a face in a crowd, new research shows.

“NHS needs £8.5 billion yearlycash injection”

The NHS needs an immediate cash injection of around £8.5bn a year over the next four years to make up a £32bn shortfall in funding and help tackle the current crisis. The claim comes in the second report of The BMJ Commission on the Future of the NHS.

News in brief: May 2024

This month's top news in brief stories

Novel genetic variants associated with Alzheimer’s disease

New research has identified several genetic variants that may influence Alzheimer’s disease risk, putting researchers one step closer to uncovering biological pathways to target for future treatment and prevention.