Developers of ‘Request a Woman Scientist’ hope that its 10,000 participants can help to boost gender diversity in scientific talks and in the media (Source: Nature).

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McGraw-Hill Education has posted in YouTube a quite impressive collection of animtions, covering many aspects of biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology and related subjects. Glycolysis, replication, transport across the membrane and DNA sequencing - these are just a few of covered topics. In total, there are 335 animations, related to biology and medicine to choose from! Very useful material for basic level biology and medicine students, struggling with Krebs cyle, transcriptional regulation or other similar problems (Source: FEBS Network).

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Scientists have identified a particular gene that plays a role in the development of age-related hearing loss (ARHL). A group of 46 genes associated with ARHL was selected - thanks in part to animal models - and analysed, with one gene (SLC9A3R1) identified as a key culprit. The work drew upon the talents of scientists at Imperial College London, UK; the Sidra Medical and Research Center, Qatar; the University of Trieste and the Institute for Maternal and Child Health-IRCCS “Burlo Garofolo” (both in Italy). It follows a 2015 breakthrough involving Trieste's Giorgia Girotto, in which a genetically altered mouse model exposed a human mutation which prompts hereditary hearing loss (Source: EARA).

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A collection of expert reviews illustrating the key role of Endoplasmic Reticulum stress in human diseases and the emerging therapeutic avenues (Source: FEBS).

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The FEBS Publications Committee has submitted a response to the Plan S initiative for Open Access publishing (Source: FEBS Network).

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In its February issue, the FEBS newsletter gathers information about the future FEBS Congress, which will be held from 6 to 11 July in Krakow (Poland): we remind you that the deadline for the submission of "abstracts" is 7 March. In the newsletter you will also find information about other activities and FEBS events scheduled for 2019 (Source: FEBS).

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Poor quality sleep increases the risk of atherosclerosis according to the PESA CNIC- Santander Study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) (Source: CNIC).

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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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