In addition to being a benchmark in the field of molecular biology, Margarita Salas was a scientist who was known to the public, something almost miraculous in a country like ours, let alone with women.
Single cell analysis will allow us to understand the amazing regeneration power of salamanders, map all our cells in a biological 'Google Maps' and fight cancer or autoimmune pathologies. That's why it was the Method of the Year for `Nature´ magazine in 2013 and the great scientific breakthrough of 2018 in `Science´.
Spanish and Italian researchers have proven that when honey from strawberry trees, a product typical of Mediterranean areas, is added to colon cancer cells grown in the laboratory, cell proliferation is stopped. The authors hope that these promising results and the anti-tumour potential of this food will be confirmed in in vivo models.
A qualitative study of 22 cancer patients shows how acceptance is key to living as well as possible, although it requires time and is a process with ups and downs. Led by the University of Navarre, this research emphasizes the importance of focusing on life rather than on the disease.
A multidisciplinary study led by BCBL, a Basque research centre, opens the door to the investigation of the structure and functions of human thalamic nuclei and their involvement in Alzheimer's, dyslexia, epilepsy, Huntington’s and schizophrenia.
The Human Brain Project is a mammoth European initiative with many branches. Italian researchers associated with the project have developed a model of the cerebellum with which to study how that area of the brain works and how it is affected when under illness.
Researchers from the Basque Country have developed implants based on biocompatible materials that allow progress in the regeneration of peripheral nerves, responsible for connecting the organs and muscles of the body with the central nervous system. The results have been validated in a sciatic nerve model in rats, developed by the National Hospital of Paraplegics of Toledo.
In the largest European project on the human brain, the Human Brain Project, 85% of leaders are men. To try to correct imbalances like this, the consortium has organized a conference on gender and diversity in Madrid. The experts, mostly women, propose structural changes and education in equality.
On the big screen and in the novels the characters can be as tall as giants, of short stature or with facial alterations. And it's not about fiction: they suffer from rare diseases. The patients celebrate that their ailments appear in the cinema and in the literature, but they ask for more realism and that their presence stops being exceptional.
Although there are techniques to analyze what happens in the brain while executing some activity, a new method based on ultrasound solves the problems of the previous ones: it is portable, has a better resolution and can be used in movement. A European team of researchers has validated its effectiveness in active and anesthetized rodents.