Early-Career Investigator Travel Awards (ECITAs) are now available for the upcoming conference season. These awards support scientists from diverse backgrounds to attend a conference of their choice and present their work among field leaders while providing essential networking and career-development opportunities. The ECITA program is part of the Keystone Symposia Diversity in Life Science Portfolio, which aims to bolster diversity among the life-science research community (Source: Keystone Symposia).

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The BioMed Alliance has joined thousands of academics, European organisations and Nobel-prize winners in signing an open letter calling on the Commission to revise the new job title of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel to include a reference to research. The Board of Directors fully supports the initiative to request changing her official title to ‘Commissioner for Education, Research, Innovation and Youth’ as they consider that this better reflects the broad portfolio of the Commissioner. The BioMed Alliance believes that research is vital to European wellbeing and prosperity and that its importance should be recognised by continuing including the word research in the job title of the Commissioner. More information about this initiative is available here: http://www.futureofresearch.eu

In demonstrations in cell lines, the technique has a similar efficacy to CRISPR-Cas9, but fewer off-target effects (Source: The Scientist).

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In his will, Alfred Nobel left much of his wealth to establish the Nobel Prizes, awarded to those who had “conferred the greatest benefit to humankind.” Nobelprize.org welcomes this year's 15 new Nobel Laureates: three in physics, three in chemistry, three in physiology or medicine, two in literature (for both 2018 and 2019) one in peace and three new Laureates in Economic Sciences. All of them are introduced at nobelprize.org with presentations, videos, photos and interviews.

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The prize was awarded to William G. Kaelin Jr., Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza for discoveries about how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability (Source: The New York Times).

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Madrid, 17 September, 2019: The Spanish biomedical sector has made greater strides towards openness about the use of animals in scientific research in the last year than ever before, according to a new report by the European Animal Research Association (EARA).

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Just half of respondents in Eastern Europe agree that vaccines are safe (Source: TheScientist).

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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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