11. June 2008

EuroDYNA takes lid off the genome

European researchers have made significant progress unravelling how genes are governed and why this sometimes goes wrong in disease. The key lies in the dynamic ever-changing structure of the chromatin, which is the underlying complex of protein and DNA making up the chromosomes in which almost all... [more]

20. May 2008

Ocean acidification – another undesired side effect of fossil fuel-burning

Up to now, the oceans have buffered climate change considerably by absorbing almost one third of the worldwide emitted carbon dioxide. The oceans represent a significant carbon sink, but the uptake of excess CO2 stemming from man’s burning of fossil fuels comes at a high cost: ocean acidification.... [more]

11. April 2008

ESF Conference probes water’s mysterious interactions at molecular level

Some of the most challenging problems in science concern the behaviour of the most commonplace compound on the planet’s surface - water. But some of the mysteries are now being unravelled by the latest analysis and imaging techniques in an unfolding story that was presented at a recent conference... [more]

10. April 2008

Computation and experiment combine to unravel how genes are regulated and shed light on how cells become different

A closer alliance between computational and experimental researchers is needed to make progress towards one of biology’s most challenging goals, understanding how epigenetic marks contribute to regulation of gene expression. This emerged from a recent workshop organised by the European Science... [more]

8. April 2008

Europe develops new technologies to boost health of livestock

A range of new technologies including genetic modification (GM) and RNA Interference are being deployed to improve the health of farm animals in a series of European and global initiatives. The ground was laid for a European platform to develop new treatments that exploit these technologies at a... [more]

12. March 2008

ESF’s European ice core project EPICA receives prestigious Descartes Prize for Collaborative, Transnational Research

The research project EPICA (European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica), one of the European Science Foundations most successful and longest running Research Networking Programmes, is one of this year’s winners of the Descartes Prize for Research. The Descartes Prize for Research was awarded to... [more]

28. February 2008

Podcast: An interview with Frontiers of Functional Genomics’ Chair Dr. Taussig on the 3rd ESF Functional Genomics Conference on 1-4 October 2008

Dr. Mike Taussig, the Chairman of the ESF’s Frontiers of Functional Genomics (FFG) speaks about the 3rd ESF Functional Genomics Conference, which will be held in Innsbruck, Austria, on 1-4 October 2008. [more]

20. February 2008

Big molecules join together will lead to better drugs, workshop found

Bacteria can be made to spin spider silk [more]

21. January 2008

Economists help climate scientists to improve global warming forecasts

Climate scientists are collaborating with experts in economic theory to improve their forecasting models and assess more accurately the impact of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. Although there is broad consensus that there will be a significant rise in average global temperature, there is... [more]

17. January 2008

ESF’s workshop restores good name of sugar

Glycoscience now hotbed of medical research [more]