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One ice-free summer by 2050

The Northwest Passage from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean was once an explorer’s dream. Eventually, big icebreakers made their way through the ice. Soon it could become a routine summer cruise: by 2050 the North Pole will experience at least one summer without pack ice. Unlike...
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Health

Taking tumours’ breath away

For some time now researchers have been trying to neutralise a key player in the survival and multiplication of tumour cells, without much success. But today a team of researchers led by UCLouvain has found a completely new approach. Every cell needs to ‘breathe’. That is, absorb...
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Staphylococcus aureus: a hibernating bacteria!

Why doesn’t Staphylococcus aureus respond to antibiotics? And why, when treatment appears to have worked and is stopped, are infection relapses frequent? To escape antibiotics and the body’s defences, the bacterium hibernates within our cells while waiting for the storm to pass! This is...
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Health

New treatment for rare diseases

A fundamental research discovery is leading to treatments for rare diseases affecting the immune system. Patients around the world are being treated thanks to this success story authored by researchers at the UCLouvain de Duve Institute. Neutrophils are white blood cells that play a...
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Health

‘Bacterial soldiers’ against tuberculosis?

While everyone is watching COVID-19, another lung infection continues to take its toll: tuberculosis. Dr Anandi Martin, a visiting researcher at UCLouvain, is interested in bacteriocins. These bacterial ‘soldiers’ could act in place of or in addition to the antibiotics to which...
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