Welcome to another issue of Science in School, packed with cutting-edge science and hands-on teaching activities. You can find the full issue online or subscribe to the print version.

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Statement supporting European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes. The use of animals in research has facilitated major breakthroughs in medicine which have transformed human and animal health. We support research using animals where alternative methods are not available, where the potential benefits to health are compelling, and where acceptable ethical and welfare standards can be met (Source: Basel Declaration Society).

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The CNIC would like to inform you that the FIFTH call for the CNIC INTERNATIONAL POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAMME (CNIC IPP) has been launched. The CNIC is offering EIGHT (8) postdoctoral fellowships. This call will be open until the 23rd of December 2015.

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The American Society for Microbiologists recently hosted its first international 'Agar Art' challenge in which microbiologists from around the world used various microbes and germs to create beautiful works of art in petri dishes. The submissions included recognizable paintings like Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' as well as original microbe paintings.

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Together with PABMB, the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) have recently launched the program 2016-PROLAB (PROMOTING RESEARCH OPPORUNITIES FOR LATIN AMERICAN BIOCHEMISTS) and committed funds to foster interactions among biochemists in Latin America, Portugal and Spain with those in the United States.PROLAB program is meant to support graduate and post-doctoral students and new investigators (not more than 5 years past postdoctoral work) from countries active in the PABMB, including Spain and Portugal, to spend short stays (1-6 months) in the laboratory of a scientist affiliated with ASBMB. Application Deadline: January 13, 2016.

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The newly formed Cajal Legacy Group is seeking your support to have the work of Ramon y Cajal and his school of talented protégées World Heritage Listed by UNESCO. Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852-1934) is unquestionably the founder of modern neuroscience and a genius in the field of biology. Cajal was the first person to describe the cellular structure of the brain and to link these networks of cells with the functioning of the mind (Source: www.change.org).

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This issue gathers together photos and highlights of the recent FEBS Congress in Berlin, and looks ahead to FEBS events next year. There's the full list of FEBS Advanced Courses 2016 for research updates and training on focused topics in the molecular life sciences, and a feature on our course organizers too. We also take a first look in this issue at the FEBS Congress 2016, to be hosted in Ephesus / Kuşadası by the Turkish Biochemical Society.

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El consumo de tabaco extendido en el tiempo influye en el acortamiento de los telómeros, sea cual sea la dosis diaria tomada por el fumador. Es la principal conclusión de un trabajo en el que participa la Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). Telómeros más cortos están relacionados con un mayor envejecimiento celular (Fuente: UCM-mi+d).

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El Comité sobre Experimentación Animal (CARE) de la Sociedad Española de Neurociencia (SENC), encargado
de recabar toda la información y actualidad sobre la legislación internacional en experimentación animal en neurociencia y difundirla ente sus socios, convoca a la ciudadanía a participar en un foro de debate social sobre el uso de animales de investigación en el XVI Congreso Bienal de la SENC, que se celebrará del 23 al 25 de septiembre en el Palacio de Congresos de Granada (Fuente: SENC).

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La osteoporosis es una enfermedad que se caracteriza porque los huesos se rompen con más facilidad. Esto ocurre porque no se endurecen de la forma adecuada y porque no se alcanza la "densidad ósea mineral" apropiada, lo que quiere decir algo así como que el hueso no está ni lo sano ni lo duro que debería estar (Fuente: ABC Periódico Electrónico S.A.).

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Raquel Martínez Vega (Grupo de Neurobiología de la Audición. Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas "Alberto Sols", CSIC-UAM), ha sido galardonada con el premio "Pinacoteca de la Ciencia" a la mejor imagen científica del año, otorgado por la SEBBM y la casa comercial Eppendorf durante el Congreso SEBBM que tuvo lugar la semana pasada en Valencia (Fuente: SEBBM).

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Con 430.000 años de antigüedad, es el material genético de este tipo más primitivo que se ha logrado recuperar de una especie humana (Fuente: El País Digital).

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