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EU-LIFE nominated for the EC Open Science Platform
30 May 2016
EU-LIFE nominated for the new Open Science Policy Platform at the European Commission. Commissioner Moedas established a Commission Advisory Group to provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe.
CRISPR-ing VIB: how cas9 is slicing up VIB’s favorite genes
27 May 2016
CRISPR Genome Editing technology is being hailed as the biggest breakthrough life science technology of the century. VIB’s Tech Watch has boosted many Genome Engineering projects.
Gut Flora may lead to better diagnosis tool for liver disease and this opens new avenues for treatment
23 May 2016
Primary sclerosing cholangitis, also known as PSC, is a liver disease with no effective medical treatment. Liver transplantation is the only proven long-term treatment of PSC, although only a fraction of individuals with PSC will ultimately require it.
Alzheimer’s research needs a new theoretical framework
17 May 2016
According to Bart De Strooper (VIB/KU Leuven), it is unlikely that molecular genetics or molecular cell biology will continue to broaden our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) the way it has done over the last twenty years.
How flowering plants colonized the sea
13 May 2016
A recent genome study of the seagrass Zostera marina, published by an international team of 35 researchers in early 2016, may prove to lay the foundations for a range of functional ecological studies. Yves Van de Peer is happy to give a full account.
VIB calls upon the European Commission to end regulatory limbo of gene edited organisms
10 May 2016
In a letter addressed to president Jean-Claude Juncker VIB urges the European Commission to end the regulatory uncertainty surrounding genome edited organisms as soon as possible.
Loss of chromosome 8p governs tumor suppression and drug response
9 May 2016
Prof. Anna Sablina and her team at VIB/KU Leuven optimized a workflow for the generation of cell lines with targeted chromosomal deletions.
New insights into H. Pylori unmask a 'molecular chameleon'
6 May 2016
The bacterium ‘Helicobacter pylori’ is highly adapted to survival in the human stomach and is responsible for the majority of gastric ulcer and cancer cases worldwide. Scientists at the lab of Han Remaut (VIB/VUB) present new insights into BabA.
Turning plant seeds into medicine factories
29 April 2016
By jointly applying the GlycoDelete technology to plant seeds, the researchers have demonstrated that plant seeds can serve as a medium for the inexpensive and large-scale production of biotech medicines.
World’s first population-level microbiome study reveals links between lifestyle and gut flora
28 April 2016
The Flemish Gut Flora Project, one of the largest population-wide studies on gut flora variation among healthy volunteers, has presented its first major results. These results provide important information for future disease research and clinical studies.
VIB/UGent researchers use viral particles to trap intact mammalian protein complexes
28 April 2016
VIB/UGent developed Virotrap, a viral particle sorting approach for purifying protein complexes under native conditions. This catches a bait protein together with its associated protein partners in virus-like particles that are budded from human cells.
Research opens new treatment strategies for specific form of Psoriasis
25 April 2016
Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease that is characterized by patches of abnormal and inflamed skin. It is generally thought to have a genetic origin, which can be further triggered by environmental factors.
VIB alumni - Vanessa Morais knows how to make an entrance as a new group leader
22 April 2016
Vanessa Morais and Marijke Lein about women in science at VIB
Animal testing for biomedical research
22 April 2016
Today’s medical research cannot be carried out without animal testing. After all, many breakthroughs in medical science would never have occurred otherwise.
New insights in how blood vessels increase their size
21 April 2016
‘What are the fundamental mechanisms controlling size and shape of tubular organ systems’.
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