Month: June 2012

Sanger Institute Scientist receives the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators

Dr Elizabeth Murchison has been given the award for her ongoing research into the deadly transmissible facial cancer that is spreading among Tasmanian devils and threatening the survival of the species

Exploring Salmonella’s deadly sub-Saharan adaptation

A distinct strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, has emerged as a new pathogenic group in sub-Saharan Africa, and might have adapted to the susceptible human population in these regions

Four Institute researchers have made it to Reuters most influential list

Four of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute researchers been cited by Thomson Reuters as being among the top 15 most influential scientific researchers of 2011. Professor Mike Stratton, Dr Andy Futreal, Dr Peter Campbell and Dr Panos Deloukas, according to citations tracked during 2011, recorded some of the highest numbers of “Hot Papers” published over the preceding two years.

Gene responsible for diarrhoeal disease transmission identified

Researchers identify a key gene that allows C. difficile – a diarrhoea-causing bacterium found in hospitals and across the developing world – to be transferred from person to person [Image Credit: CDC/Dr. Gilda Jones]

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Creating a gold-standard, not a rotten, tomato genome

We shared our experiences and knowledge from producing animal reference genomes to enable plant genomes researchers to deliver high-quality, standardised data for the first gold standard tomato reference genome

Fourth Institute bioinformatician wins open access award

A fourth Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute alumnus – Heng Li – has won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences. Remarkably the Institute has trained and developed more than one third of this award’s winners and, even more remarkably, all four winners have been trained in Richard Durbin’s research group