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A closer look at VIB’s ‘technology suites for better science’
28 June 2016
Geert Van Minnebruggen, Head of Core Facilities, about the institutional value of VIB’s Core Facilities: leading-edge platforms that enable scientists to exploit the latest technologies to the fullest, supported by the best techno-scientific expertise.
VIB scientists announce unexpected breakthrough in Alzheimer’s disease research
15 June 2016
A research team led by professor Wim Annaert (VIB/KU Leuven) has presented new insights into the roles of different γ-secretases in the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Insects can taste and therefore detect poisonous foods
14 June 2016
Our senses of smell and taste are particularly important for survival: they allow us to know if some food is potentially tainted, poisoned, or expired, thanks to sensory neurons. Are these protection mechanisms also present in animals?
Unraveling the food web in your gut
13 June 2016
Using a manually curated metabolic module framework for (meta-)genomic data analysis, Sara Vieira-Silva, Gwen Falony and colleagues from the Jeroen Raes lab (VIB/KU Leuven) studied species-function relationships in gut microbial genomes and microbiomes.
Link between Alzheimer’s and gut bacteria
9 June 2016
Researchers from KU Leuven and VIB have now joined a European research project that will investigate this link in greater detail and develop possible treatments based on their findings.
Genome engineering of quantifiable protein tags: Western blot on the way down?
6 June 2016
Professor Sven Eyckerman (VIB/UGent) and colleagues developed a set of universal protein tags that warrant protein quantification via targeted proteomics techniques.
Quickscan scientific topics
5 June 2016
Quickscan scientific publications March 2016
Presentation of the 2016 Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigator to Adrian Liston
2 June 2016
The independent Eppendorf Award Jury chaired by Prof. Reinhard Jahn selected Prof. Adrian Liston (VIB/KU Leuven, Belgium) as the 2016 winner of the Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators.
A New Look at Caspase 12 Research
1 June 2016
Inflammasomes are assemblies that are central to inflammatory responses. Dr. Lieselotte Vande Walle, Daniel Jiménez Fernández and colleagues from Prof. Mo Lamkanfi’s group (VIB/UGent) shed new light on the function of caspase 12.
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.
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