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The Flemish Gut Flora Project Is Flourishing
26 August 2016
Did you know that one of the world’s largest gut microbiome research efforts is run by a VIB lab? Jeroen Raes and his team started a bottom-up initiative in 2012 that would soon turn out to be a huge research project
Research opens up new treatment route for inflammatory rheumatism
23 August 2016
Chronic tendinitis is a common medical problem which underlies various forms of inflammatory rheumatism. Although around 1% of the population is affected, the pathogenesis of such inflammatory conditions has not yet been explained.
Belgian-American research unveils new cause of neurological disorder
22 August 2016
Scientists have revealed a new genetic cause of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), an inherited neurological disorder. New research has identified mutations in the gene PMP2 as another cause of CMT type 1 – the disease’s most common form.
Onward to new therapies for neurodegenerative diseases ALS and FTD
20 August 2016
ALS & FTD are fatal, adult-onset neurodegenerative disorders. The group of Ludo Van Den Bosch and Wim Robberecht (VIB/KU Leuven) has discovered profound new insights into the causes of these diseases that will drive future research
VIB research on plant peptides in the limelight: Special Issue of JXB 'Plant Peptides – Taking them to the next level'
18 August 2016
In a Special Issue of Journal of Experimental Botany, edited by Barbara De Coninck (VIB-KU Leuven) and Ive De Smet (VIB-UGent), plant peptides take central stage.
Normalizing tumor oxygen supply could be key factor in the fight against cancer
17 August 2016
The lack of oxygen in tumor cells changes the cells’ gene expression, thereby contributing to the growth of cancer. This is the main conclusion of a research project led by professor Diether Lambrechts and Dr. Bernard Thienpont (VIB-KU Leuven).
Bio Imaging Core offers brand-new Transmission Electron Microscope
13 August 2016
A new Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) was inaugurated at the Institute for Nuclear Science. The acquisition of this remarkable instrument was made possible by the collaborative investment of several VIB departments and academic research groups.
CRISPR: Biotech breakthrough, IP battle and ethics questions of the century
11 August 2016
Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier’s development of CRISPR/Cas, a revolutionary DNA-slicing tool that allows the precision mix-and-matching of genes, won them USD 3 million each, with a Nobel Prize likely in their future.
New breakthrough in understanding dystonia
9 August 2016
Researchers at VIB-KU Leuven have managed to get a clearer view on the roots of dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary twisting movements.
VIB Alumni: Paul Van Hummelen
7 August 2016
Paul Van Hummelen founded the VIB MicroArray Facility, now part of the VIB Nucleomics Core, in 1999. Paul is currently Associate Director at the Center for Cancer Genome Discovery (CCGD)
Technological evolutions in plant transformation
30 July 2016
Transformation is an essential tool for functional analysis of genes in model organisms, such as Arabidopsis and maize, and thus essential in the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent.
Interesting news from VIB Medical Biotechnology Center UGent
29 July 2016
The labs of Jan Tavernier, Kris Gevaert and Sven Eyckerman from the VIB Medical Biotechnology Center, UGent tackle some of the most fundamental life sciences questions in their research into the detection and analysis of protein-protein interaction.
VIB science in groundbreaking DNA sequencing technology
23 July 2016
A collaboration between VIB and Oxford Nanopore Technologies has led to the development of a new key element of state-of-the-art DNA sequencing tools. The lab of Han Remaut conducted groundbreaking research on a pore protein.
Novel component in pin recycling steers auxin-mediated development
18 July 2016
At the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent, scientists identified the ROTUNDA3 protein as a regulator of the protein phosphatase 2A-driven PIN-FORMED recycling
VIB scientists develop best methods for automated flow cytometry analysis
16 July 2016
Flow cytometry has been widely used by immunologists and cancer biologists for more than 30 years as a biomedical research tool to distinguish different cell types in mixed populations based on the expression of cellular markers.
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