Category Archives: Genetics, genomics and bioinformatics

Discovery of a new mechanism of action of a protein that is toxic in Parkinson’s disease

A team coordinated by Antoine Triller has just identified the target of an alpha-synuclein protein, which is pathogenic in Parkinson’s disease.

Spermatozoa losing speed


L’infertilité concerne environ de 7 à 12% des couples dans le monde. Parmi les causes de l’infertilité masculine, il existe plusieurs défauts du sperme dont l’asthénozoospermie. Il s’agit une déficience de la mobilité des spermatozoides, essentielle à la rencontre des cellules sexuelles lors de la reproduction.

Genetic mutation and the prognosis for renal polycystosis

The team headed by Claude Férec, director of Inserm unit in Brest, published results in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrologyfrom a cohort of 700 patients suffering from Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD)

Advances in Friedreich’s Ataxia

Friedreich’s ataxia is a rare, serious and developing neurodegenerative condition that emerges at adolescence. Those affected suffer from difficulties in coordinating voluntary movements (ataxia).

The origin of blindness identified for some types of hearing loss and visual impairment

Researchers from the Institut Pasteur, the Institut de la Vision, Inserm and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie have shed light on the origin of blindness that occurs in Usher I (the most common cause of deafness-blindness in humans). The scientists also demonstrated why the rat, the only animal model available today for this illness, does not suffer from the same blindness observed in humans.

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