The Medical Research Council (MRC) funds research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences, from molecular biology to public health. The organisation recently published details behind some of their success stories from 2013 and 2014, featuring interviews with scientists behind a selection of their most interesting and important discoveries.

Regenerative medicine is a field that holds great promise for the future, which could allow us to repair or even replace diseased tissues and organs. MRC-funded research led by Professor Clare Blackburn hit the national headlines in 2014 when she and her team grew, for the first time, a fully functioning organ from lab-created cells. This heralds the possibility of not only helping those with thymus disorders, but also boosting immunity against infections in the elderly. Watch a video about Clare’s research below.

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