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Environment - Life Sciences - 04.10.2019

Life Sciences - 23.08.2019

Life Sciences - 22.08.2019
Shy mice get sick faster
Can animal personality affect infection probability? The more people surrounding you, the more likely you are to get infected with some kind of virus, such as a simple cold or even the flu.

Life Sciences - 12.06.2019
New science museum in Ghent set to open its doors next year
New science museum in Ghent set to open its doors next year
In 2020, Ghent will be able to add another museum to an already impressive list. The brand-new Ghent University Museum (GUM) is located at the centre of the Ghent Botanical Garden, right around the corner from MSK Gent and S.M.A.K.

Life Sciences - 03.05.2019

Life Sciences - 03.12.2018

Health - Life Sciences - 28.11.2018
Defective protein factories in disease: a double-edged sword of cell division
Ever since the 1960s, the medical world has wondered why some patients who suffer from illnesses resulting from inadequate cell division are much more susceptible to cancer which is conversely characterized by excessive cell division.

Life Sciences - Health - 07.11.2018
Nobel Prize winner John Gurdon: "Growing body parts is not science fiction"
Sir John Gurdon's ancestry at www.nobelprize.org could easily be mistaken for a crash course in English history.

Health - Life Sciences - 07.11.2018
Scientists taking up arms in the fight against silent killer HTLV-1
On 10 November, a team of international scientists will organise World HTLV Day, giving attention to a deadly virus no one's heard of. HTLV-1 hacks our genetic code and silently spreads amongst communities. It's estimated that worldwide twenty million people are infected. First discovered in 1978, the HTLV-1 virus has already claimed millions of lives.

Life Sciences - 19.10.2018
Fish that are thrown back ingest less food
Introduction: Holes in fishes' jaws caused by fishing hooks reduces their suction power, making it more difficult for them to ingest food.

Environment - Life Sciences - 04.07.2018
Soil contains one of the keys to climate agreement
Million-year old soils prove their impact on a successful climate agreement To drive back global warming to below 2°C, carbon storage in soils plays an important part, since soils can store a notable share of the human CO2 emissions.

Environment - Life Sciences - 02.07.2018
Global Change Ecology Centre welcomes 4 new FWO-fellows
Introduction: Last week it was announced which new fellows will initiate a FWO-funded PhD or postdoc in the next year.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.06.2018
T-cell leukaemia: cancer cells take advantage of ’survival protein’
Cancer researchers have shown that some patients with T-cell leukaemia produce too much of the BCL-2 protein.

Life Sciences - 12.06.2018
How to slow down Ebola: virologists use genetic trees to evaluate intervention strategies
The phylogenetic tree of the Ebola epidemic of 2013-2016 doesn't just tell us how the Ebola virus was able to evolve: it also reveals which events and preventive measures accelerated or slowed down the spreading of the virus. Between 2013 and 2016, West Africa suffered the most severe outbreak of Ebola ever recorded.

Environment - Life Sciences - 28.05.2018

Life Sciences - Health - 25.05.2018

Life Sciences - Health - 19.04.2018
"Neck or back pain? Move without worries!"
The extensive study was published in this week's edition of the leading scientific journal JAMA Neurology.

Life Sciences - 29.03.2018

Life Sciences - Environment - 20.03.2018
The next revolution in food will be microbes
A recent study on microorganisms as a source of protein has been awarded as Top Feature Article of 2017 by the American Chemical Society.

Life Sciences - Health - 20.03.2018
Natural sniper kills hospital bacterium
Microbial geneticists at KU Leuven have unravelled how a specific type of protein eliminates the hospital bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Continuing Education - Life Sciences - 12.03.2018

Earth Sciences - Life Sciences - 09.03.2018
Stolen Dinosaur Skeleton Turns Out To Be Swimming Raptor
A team of scientists has described a new dinosaur species that could both walk and swim. “We always thought dinosaurs were terrestrial, but now it is very clear for the first time that there were also swimming dinosaurs”, says palaeontologist Pascal Godefroit of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

Life Sciences - Environment - 23.02.2018
To increase both sugar yield and biomass production in the model plant Arabidopsis
To ease the industrial processing of plant biomass into energy, plants are engineered to contain less lignin. Unfortunately, this intervention typically leads to reduced yield. Researchers have now discovered a way to overcome this problem. Moreover, the strategy the researchers at the VIB-Ghent University Center for Plant Systems Biology does not just restore the biomass yield.

Health - Life Sciences - 22.02.2018
The Australian government’s plan for the biocontrol of the common carp presents several risks
Belgian, English and Australian scientists are calling on the Australian authorities to review their decision to introduce the carp herpes virus as a way to combat the common carp having colonised the country's rivers.

Environment - Life Sciences - 13.02.2018
First scientific expedition to newly exposed Antarctic ecosystem
A international team of scientists heads to Antarctica to investigate a mysterious marine ecosystem that's been hidden beneath an Antarctic ice shelf for up to 120,000 years. Marine biologist Ann Vanreusel (Ghent University) is one of them. The iceberg known as A68, which is four times of London, calved off from the Larsen Ice Shelf in July 2017.

Life Sciences - Environment - 05.02.2018

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 29.01.2018
NO sex without KISS(peptin)!
NO sex without KISS(peptin)!
A research team led by Prof. Julie Bakker (GIGA-ULiège) and Prof. Ulrich Boehm (Saarland University, Germany) has made a major advancement in our understanding of how the brain controls sex. Using female mice as a model, the researchers found that a hormone in the brain, (appropriately) called kisspeptin, drives both attraction to the opposite sex and sexual behavior.

Life Sciences - 26.01.2018

Life Sciences - Innovation - 25.01.2018
VitriCell raises over €1 million
The company, which moved to new premises in the GIGA tower in Liège (Belgium) last October, intends to recruit several new employees this year.

Life Sciences - Computer Science / Telecom - 22.01.2018

Physics - Life Sciences - 19.01.2018
Visit Ghent University at the Light Festival
Not only is light useful, cosy and beautiful, it is also terrifically interesting and full of unexpected applications! But that is something we will let the visitors to the Ghent Light Festival 2018 discover for themselves in the foyer of the Universiteitsforum Building (Ufo). Smack in the middle of all the spectacular light artworks, dozens of enthusiastic light researchers from Ghent University will amaze you with interactive demos.

Health - Life Sciences - 10.01.2018

Environment - Life Sciences - 05.01.2018
The ocean is losing its breath
The ocean is losing its breath
The international research group GO2NE, including its co-chair Marilaure Grégoire , a physicist civil engineer, FRS-FNRS Research Director in the FOCUS Research Unit and ocean modelling specialist, w

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 15.11.2017
Frogs use molecules that act as tiny fangs to get their poison into predators
A team of researchers from the Amphibian Evolution lab at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Laboratory of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology at Ghent University has deciphered how poisonous frogs manage to intoxicate an attacking predator fast enough to avoid begin eaten.

Life Sciences - Health - 09.11.2017
Scientists figure out how timer for cell division works
Human cells use a timer to divide: each cell gets at least 30 minutes to divide its genetic material between the nuclei of two daughter cells. Researchers at KU Leuven have unravelled how this timer is switched on and off. Their findings open up perspectives for the treatment of cancer, as keeping the timer going would stop cancer cells from dividing.

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 28.10.2017

Computer Science / Telecom - Life Sciences - 25.10.2017

Life Sciences - Health - 09.10.2017
Computer program detects differences between human cells
"How many different cell types are there in the human body? And how do these differences develop? Nobody really knows," says Professor Stein Aerts from KU Leuven/VIB. But thanks to a new method developed by his team, that may be about to change. Even though each of the cells in our body carries the exact same DNA sequence, there's a huge variety of cell types and functions.

Health - Life Sciences - 21.06.2017
World ALS Day 2017: the fight against an unseen killer
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disorder that leads to progressive muscle weakness and paralysis.

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