2014

Same genes drive maths and reading ability

Same genes drive maths and reading ability

Updated 07/07/2014

Around half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability, say scientists from UCL, the WTCHG (lead author Chris Spencer) and King’s College London who led a study into the genetic basis of ...

Centre scientists in ‘highly cited’ list

Centre scientists in ‘highly cited’ list

Updated 07/07/2014

Four scientists who work at WTCHG, or who did until recently, have been listed by Thomson Reuters as ‘highly cited researchers’. They are the Director, Peter Donnelly, Cecilia Lindgren, Mark McCarthy and Jonathan Marchini. Two hundred authors in ...

Older fathers drive rate of evolution

Older fathers drive rate of evolution

Updated 23/06/2014

Gil McVean and his colleagues at WTCHG and the Biomedical Primate Research Centre in the Netherlands have sequenced the genomes of three generations of chimpanzees and discovered that the number of mutations in the offspring rises faster with the age of chimpanzee fathers than with human fathers.

WTCHG at Cheltenham Science Festival

WTCHG at Cheltenham Science Festival

Updated 19/06/2014

This year for the first time the Nuffield Department of Medicine became a partner at the Cheltenham Science Festival, one of the biggest and most popular in the country. Centre members joined the teams of researchers who presented games, puzzles and ...

First structure of receptor that turns down activity in the brain

First structure of receptor that turns down activity in the brain

Updated 09/06/2014

After many years of trying, Paul Miller and Radu Aricescu of the Structural Biology Division (STRUBI) at the WTCHG have solved the first X-ray crystal structure of a neurotransmitter receptor that plays a vital role in neurological disorders such as ...

New study of streptococcal infection

New study of streptococcal infection

Updated 06/06/2014

Scientists may soon discover whether people are genetically predisposed to infections caused by a family of bacteria called streptococci, through a new programme of research into the disease. On 6 June 2014 researchers at Oxford University, Public ...

Sequencing stick insects

Sequencing stick insects

Updated 21/05/2014

Members of the high-throughput sequencing team have contributed to a study of speciation in stick insects, recently published by an international research team led by Patrik Nosil of the University of Sheffield.

New malaria resistance genes uncovered

New malaria resistance genes uncovered

Updated 12/05/2014

Researchers from WTCHG have carried out sequence-based genome-wide association studies on malaria parasites taken from infected children in Kenya. They have identified known and previously unreported genes associated with resistance to anti-malarial drugs.

Peter Donnelly and Gilean McVean elected to EMBO

Peter Donnelly and Gilean McVean elected to EMBO

Updated 08/05/2014

WTCHG Director Peter Donnelly and Acting Director of the Oxford Big Data Institute Gilean McVean have been elected members of EMBO, the 'dispersed academy' of European biologists. EMBO is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, and to mark the anniversary it has broadened its membership beyond its traditional focus on molecular biology.

New protein marker aids pneumonia diagnosis in African children

New protein marker aids pneumonia diagnosis in African children

Updated 08/05/2014

Dr Climent Casals-Pascual and colleagues in WTCHG, the Medical Research Council's Gambia laboratory and the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Centre at Kilifi in Kenya have discovered a biomarker that allows doctors to tell almost instantly whether children with respiratory symptoms have pneumonia, which can be treated by antibiotics, or malaria, which cannot.