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David Alsteens Receives 2019 Heinrich Emanuel Merck Award for Analytical Science

06-Sep-2019

Merck presented Professor David Alsteens (33), Catholic University of Louvain (UCLovain), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium with the 2019 Heinrich Emanuel Merck Award for Analytical Science. The award ceremony took place during the analytical conference Euroanalysis at Istanbul University in ...

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Researchers identify phosphorylation process vital to cancer growth

17-Feb-2017

Scientists at VIB-KU Leuven have identified a new mechanism that impacts tumor growth. The typical lack of oxygen in tumors doesn't only stimulate proliferation, but also offsets the important role of the protein PHD2 as 'cancer cell killer'. A possible solution lies in blocking the enzyme ...

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Brain cells divide the work to recognize bodies

29-Apr-2016

Specific regions of the brain are specialized in recognizing bodies of animals and human beings. By measuring the electrical activity per cell, scientists from KU Leuven, Belgium, and the University of Glasgow have shown that the individual brain cells in these areas do different things. Their ...

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Bio-marker set forms the basis for new blood test to detect colorectal cancer

01-Apr-2015

Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer globally and the second most common cause of cancer deaths. The chance of a cure is high if the cancer is detected early enough, but early detection is not a given. Researchers from VIB and KU Leuven - together with various European ...

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Failed Alzheimer’s test shows in which direction the research should continue

10-Nov-2014

Disappointing results in clinical Alzheimer’s studies discourage doctors and scientists from continuing their research into ɣ-secretases and a possible treatment against Alzheimer’s disease. In Cell, the Alzheimer’s expert Bart De Strooper (VIB-KU Leuven) argues that these studies are not ...

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New technique tracks proteins in single HIV particle

07-May-2014

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from KU Leuven in Belgium has developed a new technique to examine how proteins interact with each other at the level of a single HIV viral particle. The technique allows scientists to study the life-threatening virus in detail and makes screening potential ...

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VIB scientists present method to reduce error rate in detecting genomic variants by short-read sequencing

21-Dec-2011

Despite advanced genome technologies, it remains a major challenge to identify small variations between the hereditary material (DNA) of different individuals. VIB scientists connected to the K.U.Leuven and the University of Antwerp describe in Nature Biotechnology a method that makes it possible ...

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Design and synthesis of rigid fluorophores

15-Sep-2010

Stable dyes with sharp absorption and fluorescence emission bands in the red or NIR region of the spectrum, combined with high molar absorption coefficients and high fluorescence quantum yields, may find extensive use in many different fields, such as optical engineering, analytical chemistry, ...

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Visualising DNA sequences

20-Aug-2010

A new, fast way to analyse DNA could be used to sequence the genomes of viruses and in the future help tackle genetic disorders such as schizophrenia and congenital heart defects. Robert Neely and colleagues have used a DNA methyltransferase enzyme to label the 5’-GCGC-3’ DNA sequences with a ...

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New security and medical sensor devices made possible by metallic nanostructures

14-Apr-2009

Scientists have designed tiny new sensor structures that could be used in novel security devices to detect poisons and explosives, or in highly sensitive medical sensors. The new 'nanosensors', which are based on a fundamental science discovery in UK, Belgian and US research groups, could be ...

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