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Scientists reveal why beer tastes good to us and to flies!
9 October 2014
Beer yeasts produce chemicals that mimic the aroma of fruits in order to attract flies that can transport the yeast cells to new niches, report scientists from VIB, KU Leuven and NERF in the reputed journal Cell Reports.
Over-activity of enzyme HDAC6 exacerbates symptoms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
26 June 2014
Scientists at VIB and KU Leuven have demonstrated in fruit-flies that over-activity of the enzyme HDAC6 in the nerve ends exacerbates the symptoms of the neurodegenerative condition ALS.
Mechanism explains complex brain wiring
11 June 2014
Researcher Dietmar Schmucker from VIB-KU Leuven unravels a part of the mystery on 'How neurons are created and integrate with each other is one of biology’s greatest riddles.'
New discoveries place lack of energy at the basis of Parkinson’s Disease
20 March 2014
Neuroscientists Vanessa Moraïs and Bart De Strooper from VIB and KU Leuven have demonstrated how a defect in the gene Pink1 results in Parkinson’s disease.
A new strategy required in the search for Alzheimer's drugs?
24 May 2013
Alessia Soldano and Bassem Hassan (VIB/KU Leuven) were the first to unravel the function of APPL – the fruit-fly version of APP – in the brain of healthy fruit flies.
Faulty energy production in brain cells leads to disorders ranging from Parkinson’s to intellectual disability
16 May 2013
Neuroscientist Patrik Verstreken of VIB (Flanders Institute for Biotechnology) and KU Leuven has shown for the first time that dysfunctional mitochondria in brain cells can lead to learning disabilities.
Fruit flies can help us for the development of improved anesthetics
20 March 2013
General anesthetic result in a loss of consciousness and insensitivity to pain, apparently in the same manner in all animals, from invertebrates to humans.
Vitamin K2: new hope for Parkinson's patients
10 May 2012
Patrik Verstreken, associated with VIB and KU Leuven, succeeded in undoing the effect of one of the genetic defects that leads to Parkinson's using vitamin K2.
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