The IBMCP (UPV-CSIC) shows that tomato aroma protects plants from bacterial attacks (Source: Universitat Politècnica de Vàlencia UPV).

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Earlier detection of cardiovascular disease is a step closer thanks to the findings of a research team at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC) led by Francisco Sánchez-Madrid and Pilar Martín (Source: Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares CNIC).

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Rocío Talaveron, postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Neurosciences of Castilla y León (University of Salamanca) tells us in this post the advantages of attending an event like the 19th YFEBS Young Scientists´ Forum, an opportunity for young researchers in Europe to get to know each other, discuss their work, and establish professional relationships (Source: FEBS Network).

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2019 has been declared the International Year of the Periodic Table of the Elements (IYPT 2019). Prepare for the IYPT with this calendar of chemistry highlights covering, for example, the discovery of elements, trends in the periodic table, and poems about the elements. There will be an article, video, or quiz every day until December 24. Simply click on the number (Source: ChemViews Magazine).

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The European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS is launching today a general survey on women scientists at the European level and they are kindly requesting
your cooperation in its dissemination. As you know, EPWS is representing the needs and concerns of women scientists in Europe. It is essential to collect the maximum possible number of answers by country for the survey to be valid. The survey will be available until December 31st, 2018, at the link: https://epws.org/general-survey-on-women-scientists-2018/.

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Enjoy photos and reports from recent FEBS activities, including the Prague FEBS Congress, as well as a first look at scientific events in store for 2019 (Source: FEBS).

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Following its invention 25 years ago, PCR has been adapted for numerous molecular biology applications. Gene expression analysis by reverse-transcription quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) has been a key enabling technology of the post-genome era (Source: BioTechniques, Vol. 44, nº 5).

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FEBS Network is one year old! If you are yet to join the hundreds of bioscience researchers from across Europe and beyond that have joined the FEBS Network this past year, find out here about registering – and check out some of their favourite content on the site from their first 12 months.

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Cell is pleased to celebrate the 2018 Lasker Awards with articles highlighting the winners’ groundbreaking contributions to science and society. In this year’s collection, which includes opening remarks from Joseph L. Goldstein, Chair of the Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards jury, Cell presents features on the scientific achievements underpinning the awards, and we hear from the winners themselves as they recount their unique paths to scientific and medical progress.

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Precision medicine approaches the treatment of disease via an individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle. It will allow the accurate prediction of which treatment and prevention strategies for a particular condition will work for whom – either as an individual or a group. It is therefore patient-centred as opposed to the former ‘one size fits all’ approach, and as such it needs a totally new approach, says a White Paper from the BioMed Alliance.

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The web appears as a marvelous instrument to diffuse scientific knowledge, because it is free, interactive, and fast. However, internet is non selective and allows false and misleading information to be published side by side with true information. Ease of access is not favorable to the diffusion of solid scientific information because science relies on peer review, a practice which is absent on the internet. On the web, science risks to be overcome by pseudo-science (Source: FEBS Network Viewpoints).

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The European Commission is currently working on its proposal for Horizon Europe, the framework programme that will succeed Horizon 2020 for the period 2021-2027. Horizon Europe will have a total expected budget of €97.9 billion.

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