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Creating and sharing knowledge to prevent, manage and treat infectious diseases worldwide

As highlighted by the current pandemic, infectious diseases are a leading cause of mortality worldwide and a major threat to our food supply and natural resources. The emergence of new pathogens is particularly problematic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 14 million people globally die each year from infectious diseases (i.e. one-fourth of total annual deaths).  As one of the World’s leading Universities, The University of Cambridge, its partner institutes, and industrial collaborators are already known for academic excellence in infectious disease research and related fields, particularly in Medicine and Chemistry, where screening of large chemical libraries is leading to new developments in antimicrobial therapies.


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A Tale of Two Cesspits: DNA Reveals Intestinal Health in Medieval Europe and the Middle East

HIV remission achieved in second patient Darwin’s rabbit and the fightback against myxomatosis
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 Spanish Flu: A Warning from History

University of Cambridge researcher selected for the first ever national PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobial Resistance Deadly Rift Valley fever: new insight, and hope for the future
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Ebola and Lassa fever targeted by new vaccine trial and improved surveillance

Ancient American dogs almost completely wiped out by arrival of European breeds

Cost and scale of field trials for bovine TB vaccine may make them unfeasible

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Oldest Genetic evidence of Hepatitis B virus found in ancient DNA from 4,500 year-old skeletons

Test can identify patients in intensive care at greatest risk of life-threatening infections

New innovation hub aims to take a 'moon shot' at cystic fibrosis

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Citizen science experiment predicts massive toll of flu pandemic on the UK

AI 'scientist' finds that toothpaste ingredient may help fight drug-resistant malaria

App-based citizen science experiment could help researchers predict future pandemics
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Study identifies likely scenarios for global spread of devastating crop disease

Massive projected increase in use of antimicrobials in animals could lead to widespread antimicrobial resistance in humans

Leprosy turns the immune system against itself, study finds
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Target ‘best connected neighbours’ to stop spread of infection in developing countries

Global teamwork brings low-cost test for Weil's disease a step closer

Infections during pregnancy may interfere with key genes associated with autism and prenatal brain development

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Fruit fly model of deadly brain diseases could lead to blood test for vCJD

Multi-drug resistant infection spreading globally among cystic fibrosis patients

 Call of duty: fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone

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Cambridge researchers support the WHO
New study sheds light on how Salmonella spreads in the body
Bacterial DNA sequence used to map an infection outbreak
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Molecular sacs of debris (pink) are delivered to the lysosome (dark red)
Viruses evolve mechanism to prevent bacteria from committing suicide
Activist art reflects fight for rights of African AIDS sufferers
Autophagy: when 'self-eating' is good for you
Blood transfusion
Western methods increase cost of ‘safe blood’ in sub-Saharan Africa

Grants take Cambridge in Africa Programme to next level

Bats, Date Palms and Emerging Diseases
MRSA Salmonlla, but not as we know it
Avian flu viruses which are transmissible between humans could evolve in nature

Tracking MRSA in Real Time

Salmonella infection, but not as we know it
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New clue in the battle against Australian Hendra virus Cartographers of the infectious world

Scientists find mechanism that leads to drug resistance in bacteria causing melioidosis

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GM chickens that don’t transmit bird flu developed A Greek tragedy in health?

Invigorating plants

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Scientists discover how antibiotic molecule found in bacteria stops breast cancer

Field to fork: safeguarding livestock health

Modelling the root of crop disease

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New strain of MRSA discovered

FluPhone: disease tracking by app

Defending crops with maths

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Out of poverty

Researcher gets green light for new Hep B test

Towards a 'super-vaccine' for swine bacterial diseases

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Scientists make new discoveries in battle with superbug

Completing the jigsaw: multidrug resistance in bacteria

What Darwin didn't know: viruses and evolution

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Unravelling the secrets of Salmonella infection

From pandemic to policy: combating swine flu

Two worlds, same needs, one solution

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Shielding children from HIV

Schools get valuable lesson on disease dynamics

Parasites: the master manipulators

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