The CRI hosted a visit from Prime Minister David Cameron, who toured the labs and core facilities with our Director Bruce Ponder, CRUK CEO Harpal Kumar and the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Leszek Borysiewicz. We also hosted David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, and 
George Freeman MP, Life Sciences Tsar.

During his visit, the Prime Minister announced a £100 million project to map the DNA of up to 100,000 patients with cancer and other rare diseases.  It is likely to take place over the next three to five years and the genetic data will help researchers to develop new drugs and tests.

The Prime Minister visited our first floor labs and spoke to some of our PhD students and postdocs, before a brief microscopy demonstration by head of light microscopy Stefanie Reichelt.  The visitors then met James Brenton (group leader) and James Hadfield (head of genomics) in our genomics core facility to discuss the latest technology, and helped the Prime Minister start an experiment on facility’s MiSeq machine.

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12 Dec 2012