© Lunghammer - TU Graz

Whether activating or silencing genes, breaking down defective cells or building new tissue, our body is constantly working to repair itself, even in cases of illness. To fight a disease, our body sends out signals, often long before we ourselves notice the disease. Such signals are, for example, DNA molecules that are released from the body’s own cells, circulate in the blood and are most likely recognised by other cells as a message to stimulate a defence reaction. The identification of these messengers leads to an early detection of sepsis.

FASTCURE activities

Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has turned the whole world upside down. After weeks of curfew to relieve the national health care systems, the economic impact becomes more and more perceptible: We are facing a substantial crisis. The only way out of this misery is finding a) an effective drug for the treatment of COVID-19 or b) a safe vaccine, which prevents us from a Coronavirus infection.

Wir sitzen nun schon alle seit geraumer Zeit in unseren eigenen vier Wänden fest. Doch wir sind auf gar keinen Fall allein! Unsere Enzymfreunde, die Enzos, sind zu Besuch am Frühstückstisch und während ich mir ein Müsli mit Milch mache, sitzen die Enzos schon da. Die Laktase rutscht aufgeregt hin und her und meint: „Weißt du, dass meine Freunde genau in diesem Moment ganz wichtig für dich sind? Die Laktasen in deinem Darm spalten nämlich den Milchzucker! Menschen mit Lactoseintoleranz haben keine Laktasen und leiden dann an Bauchweh oder Durchfall, wenn sie Milchprodukte essen.“ Die anderen Enzos wollen plötzlich auch mitreden und erklären mir, dass man aus Milch auch Joghurt und Käse herstellen kann. Gesagt – getan: Voller Vorfreude beschließen wir, heute Käse selber herzustellen.

baby diapers

The waste produced using absorbent hygiene products represent nowadays a large fraction of the common public solid waste. In the recent years, baby diapers waste have received a lot of attention due to the high volume produced and the difficult recycling processes. In our daily life disposable diapers are normally dismissed after single use and their usage is preferred over that of cloth diapers since they are more practical. But what about recycling them?

cold inducible promoters

It is still winter outside, and some may wish warmer temperatures to come soon. While humans sometimes need warmth to get going, cold-inducible promoters from Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells turned out to be interesting tools for the production of biopharmaceuticals at low temperatures.

gender

Frauen und Mädchen in der Wissenschaft stellen in vielen Ländern der Welt eine soziologische ,,Rarität‘‘ dar. Dieses gesellschaftliche Phänomen wurde in den letzten Jahren weltweit immer öfter in den Fokus diverser Geschlechterstudien gestellt. Viele von diesen Studien tragen in erster Linie zu einer statistischen Definition dieses Phänomens bei. Dadurch wird das geschlechtliche Präsenzungleichgewicht in der Wissenschaft zunehmend als ein gesellschaftliches Problem erkannt. Auf der Suche nach der Erklärung der bereits mehrere Jahrhunderte lang existierenden Dominanz der Männer in der Wissenschaft werden auch Vergleiche zwischen den Ländern und Regionen der Welt gezogen.

That special day I have got an email about open positions in Barcelona within H2020-MSCA-RISE acib project NEOSETAC. MSCA-RISE … I have seen this abbreviation many times before, written on diverse scientific publications, but I have never asked myself about the meaning. So finally, I have asked Google and I found the almost 70 pages counting ‘’Guide for Applicants’’ for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Research and Innovation Staff Exchange program (MSCA-RISE). Quite complicated for someone who had nothing to do with this kind of literature before. Attracted by the breast cancer research topic of NEOSETAC, I decided to apply for that position, and this was the beginning of a big adventure: I spent 5 secondment months in Spain last year.

Human vs Machine

Automation is the future of numerous processes – not only in our everyday life but also in more specialized areas such as bioprocessing. Researchers are eager to find solutions in order to replace routine steps by automated process sections. This gives them the opportunity to spend the gained time on more meaningful things: thinking about new innovations!

protective suits

We are living in a throwaway society; this is also true for clothes. When we think of the personal protective equipment for work safety such as mechanically robust and fire resistant clothes, it makes sense that they also have an expiration date. But that does not mean that also the ingredients have lost their functionality. Usually, these compounds have been produced with considerable energy effort, thus, it reasonable to find an efficient recycling method.

lump sum symbol

A new development in the European framework programs for research and innovation is catching attention: the lump sum pilot. First implementations are in progress already in Horizon 2020 and intensified for the next framework program Horizon Europe. What does it mean for the research community and which changes do we expect?