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Cambridge scientists create first 3D DNA structures

Scientists took 100,000 measurements of where different parts of DNA are close to each other. Credit: University of Cambridge

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have created the first 3D structures of DNA.

Researchers used a combination of imaging and up to 100,000 measurements of where different parts of the DNA are close to each other to examine the genome in a mouse embryonic stem cell.

It's thought the findings could help identify what causes diseases such as cancer.

Researchers say the findings could help identify what causes cancer. Credit: University of Cambridge

"Visualising a genome in 3D at such an unprecedented level of detail is an exciting step forward in research and one that has been many years in the making.

"This detail will reveal some of the underlying principles that govern the organisation of our genomes – for example how chromosomes interact or how structure can influence whether genes are switched on or off.

"If we can apply this method to cells with abnormal genomes, such as cancer cells, we may be able to better understand what exactly goes wrong to cause disease, and how we could develop solutions to correct this.”

– Dr Tom Collins, Genetics and Molecular Sciences team, The Wellcome Trust

Official opening of £550,000 Cambridgeshire cycleway

The Melbourn cycleway route Credit: Greater Cambridge City Deal

A ceremony will be held to mark the official opening of the A10 Melbourn foot and cycleway in Cambridgeshire on Wednesday 15th March.

The £550,000 cycleway is the first Greater Cambridge City Deal project to be delivered and links the village of Melbourn to routes heading to Cambridge.

The route is 2.5km long and connects to the existing cycleways.

It's one of many schemes to improve cycling and walking facilities in and around the city.

The idea is to link up safe travel for pedestrians and cyclists between Melbourn, Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton with rail stations and sites such as the Melbourn Science Park.

The route from Royston to Cambridge, the pink section is the completed Melbourn route. Credit: Greater Cambridge City Deal


Mobile visitor centre for A14 updates will tour towns & villages

Work has already begun on the A14 upgrade between Cambridge and Huntingdon Credit: ITV News Anglia

A mobile visitor centre with information about the upgrade of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, is being launched.

Highways England say it will visit towns and villages affected by the work on the road and will have information on how to plan journeys as well as updates on its progress.

Highways England want to be able to visit local communities along the route with information that will benefit more people, rather than asking them to come to a static visitor centre.

With this mobile visitor centre, the team will also head to business premises, local events, libraries, community and support groups as in particular over the next few years.

After today's launch, the mobile visitor centre will have its first outing at Tesco Bar Hill on Wednesday 15th March.

Read more about the start of work on A14 upgrade.

Artefacts from India go on show in Cambridge

Pieces from India's Taj Mahal, one of the seven Wonders of the World Credit: University of Cambridge

Artefacts from India's indigenous communities will go on show at Cambridge University for the first time.

Among the objects on display to the public, are pieces from the Taj Mahal, a head-hunters skull and a snake-charmer's flute.

The exhibition, Another India, celebrates the 70th anniversary of India's independence from Britain.

This is an exhibition about the India – or the many Indias – that most people in the UK don’t know.

We didn’t want to do a show about Bollywood, saris and curry, but instead highlight a massive body of marginalised people – numbering nearly twice the population of the UK – who to a great extent aren’t seen as having culture, heritage and history of their own.

– Mark Elliott, Curator

'Madonna of Miracles' in Cambridge

Many of the artefacts had been forgotten for 600 years. Credit: ITV Anglia.

An exhibition of Italian Renaissance art, put together thanks to an EU grant of more than 2 million pounds, opens at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Called 'Madonnas and Miracles', much of the forgotten artefacts on display were saved from last summer's Italian earthquake.

It will run from 7th March to 4th June.

Watch a video report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson


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