Medical Research Council scientists have developed a new approach to speed up MRI scans for those who cannot hold their breath. Patients need to lie still and, in some cases, hold their breath for several seconds which for many can be difficult. The new MRI technique exploits the fact that MRI images can be mathematically compressed in a similar way to digital photographs stored in JPEG files so shortening the time taken for the scan.

New Centre

The University of Manchester is to lead a new £2.9 million molecular pathology research project to improve diagnosis and treatment of non-cancerous diseases within the NHS. The new Manchester Molecular Pathology Innovation Centre will employ and train scientists in the use of emerging techniques which examine molecules within organs, tissues or bodily fluids for markers that assist in diagnosis and treatment.

Company Sold

A company doing genetic engineering research to help control pests has been sold to a US-based biotechnology company for $160m.Oxitec uses genetic engineering to control insect pests that spread disease and damage crops, and was founded in 2002 as a spinout from Oxford University. Intrexon Corporation intends to use Oxitec’s existing initiatives to combat diseases like dengue fever as well as agricultural pests.