Monthly Archives: February 2016

Wednesday 3 february 2016

Sorry, this entry is only available in French. Une enquête (InVs/INCa/HCL et le réseau Francim des registres des cancers) révèle que, pour une cinquantaine de types de cancer, dont trois des quatre plus fréquents (prostate, côlon-rectum, sein), l’espérance de vie s’est considérablement améliorée, rapportent Aujourd’hui en France et Le Figaro. Cette amélioration de l’espérance de […]

Tuesday 2 february 2016

Sorry, this entry is only available in French. Le Parisien indique qu’après la Chine, le Royaume-Uni autorise, à son tour, la manipulation génétique des embryons humains à des fins de recherche. Il s’agit de l’une des toutes premières autorisations au monde, après une expérience chinoise réalisée au début 2015. Le journal souligne que cette autorisation […]

Alzheimer’s disease: a new immunotherapy approach?

A study conducted on mice by researchers at Inserm and UPMC (Pierre and Marie Curie University) offers a new type of immunotherapy approach for treating Alzheimer’s disease. This involves amplifying a specific population of T lymphocytes that regulate immune and neuroinflammatory mechanisms that develop during the disease.

These results are published in the journal Brain.

Listeria: hypervirulent strains with cerebral and placental tropism

Researchers from the Institut Pasteur, Inserm, CNRS and Paris Descartes – Sorbonne Paris Cité University recently published a large-scale study in Nature Genetics based on almost 7,000 strains of Listeria monocytogenes — the bacterium responsible for human listeriosis, a severe foodborne infection. Through the integrative analysis of epidemiological, clinical and microbiological data, the researchers have revealed the highly diverse pathogenicity of isolates belonging to this bacterial species.

Comparative genomics led them to discover new virulence factors, which were demonstrated experimentally as involved in cerebral and fetal-placental listeriosis. In addition, this research points to the importance of using new reference strains, which are representative of the hypervirulent lineages identified here, for experimental research on Listeria monocytogenes pathogenesis.

Thursday 4 February 2016: World Cancer Day

Initiated by UICC (Union for International Cancer Control), World Cancer Day will take place on 4 February, to make the general public more aware of ways to prevent and manage the disease.

Monday 1st february 2016

Sorry, this entry is only available in French. Aujourd’hui, l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) organise une réunion d’urgence sur l’épidémie de Zika, rapportent Le Monde, Le Parisien et France Inter. L’OMS estime à 4 millions le nombre de cas attendus cette année. Transmis par des moustiques du genre Aedes, ce virus circule actuellement dans 23 […]

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