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MPs back £660million medical research superlab

June 7, 2011
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Evening Standard

MPs back £660million medical research superlab

Mark Blunden

6 June 2011

A maximum security “superlab” has been given a clean bill of health by MPs despite financial concerns about its central London location. The planned £660 million Francis Crick Institute, behind the British Library in St Pancras, will be capable of containing flu viruses, malaria, tuberculosis, cancer cells and HIV. Following a parliamentary inquiry, the science and technology select committee released a report on the facility. It called it “impressive and clearly in the public interest” but expressed concerns about the location.

Campaigners fear the 15-storey site, which is close to hundreds of homes, could pose a risk if viruses escape. The centre denies this. The building, formerly the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, will be secured to “biosafety level three-plus” and has pledged to become a “global centre of research excellence”. The committee said the case for the location near St Pancras station “was not overwhelming” and another area of the UK could have benefited.

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UKCRMI to become The Francis Crick Institute

June 7, 2011
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UKCMRI to be renamed The Francis Crick Institute

Thursday 26 May 2011

The UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI), a world-class biomedical research institute planned for central London, is to be re-named The Francis Crick Institute in honour of one of the nation’s greatest scientists.

Construction work on the institute will formally start in early July and the change of name will coincide with this milestone.

Professor Crick, who lived from 1916 to 2004, is best known for the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953, alongside James Watson and collaborator Maurice Wilkins.

The trio were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for their work on “the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material”.

His name will be adopted as the permanent name of the UKCMRI, reflecting the centre’s vision to create a world-leading facility for medical science and innovation in London’s St Pancras.

The institute will initially build on the skills and research institutes of the MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and Cancer Research UK’s London Research Institute (LRI). University College London and the Wellcome Trust are founding partners and King’s College London and Imperial College London have signalled their intention to join the partnership.

As well as driving the development of treatments and methods for the prevention of cancer, the Francis Crick Institute will also have research programmes on circulatory conditions, infectious diseases, immune system disorders, and neurodegeneration and regeneration.

Read more at

http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/news/archive/cancernews/2011-05-26-UKCMRI-to-be-renamed-The-Francis-Crick-Institute-

 

 

 

 

 


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MPs back £660million medical research superlab

June 7, 2011
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Evening Standard 

MPs back £660million medical research superlab

Mark Blunden

6 June 2011

A maximum security “superlab” has been given a clean bill of health by MPs despite financial concerns about its central London location.

The planned £660 million Francis Crick Institute, behind the British Library in St Pancras, will be capable of containing flu viruses, malaria, tuberculosis, cancer cells and HIV.

Following a parliamentary inquiry, the science and technology select committee released a report on the facility. It called it “impressive and clearly in the public interest” but expressed concerns about the location.

Campaigners fear the 15-storey site, which is close to hundreds of homes, could pose a risk if viruses escape. The centre denies this. The building, formerly the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, will be secured to “biosafety level three-plus” and has pledged to become a “global centre of research excellence”.

The committee said the case for the location near St Pancras station “was not overwhelming” and another area of the UK could have benefited.

 http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23956747-mps-back-pound-660million-medical-research-superlab.do

 


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