Left-handed life: challenges, myths and curiosities

Nicola Del Maschio 27 Jul, 2021 0 Commenti

The world we live in is more designed for right-handed people, i.e. people who preferably use the right hand, while left-handed people are more often faced with uncomfortable inconveniences: from ergonomic scissors to conference chairs with folding tables, from can openers to keyboard shortcuts...


ALS, the motor neuron disease, between research and new therapies

Massimo Filippi 21 Jun, 2021 0 Commenti

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a neurodegenerative disease that selectively affects motor neurons, i.e. the cells of the nervous system that control the movements of our muscles, also known in Italy as "the disease of soccer players", given the unusually high number of athletes who...


Alpha, Beta, Gamma: Coronavirus variants have new names

UniSR Communication Team 4 Jun, 2021 0 Commenti

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that variants of SARS-CoV-2 will have a new nomenclature.Until now, in common parlance, variant names had been associated with the countries in which they were initially detected: an understandable attitude, in a moment when new data are...


Fighting against HIV: are we well underway?

UniSR Communication Team 21 May, 2021 0 Commenti

World AIDS Day is celebrated every December 1st. The choice of this day was established in 1988 by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the occasion of the World Summit of Health Ministers on AIDS prevention programs, and was then adopted by governments, international organizations and...


Spring, allergies and the Covid-19 vaccine

UniSR Communication Team 19 Mar, 2021 0 Commenti

Sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, itching, breathing difficulties: every year the spring season inaugurates a series of annoying symptoms that unfortunately allergy sufferers know well. Allergic rhinitis alone is estimated to affect on average 23% of the European population.


SARS-CoV-2 and its variants: an overview

UniSR Communication Team 12 Mar, 2021 0 Commenti

Viruses, especially RNA viruses such as Coronaviruses, constantly evolve through mutations in their genome. Indeed, mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have been observed around the world since the pandemic has started, although news of the virus variants has only recently found space in national...


Covid-19 vaccine for children: what prospects?

UniSR Communication Team 11 Jan, 2021 0 Commenti

To date, numerous Covid-19 vaccine trials are underway in adulthood, which have reached different stages, whereas the pediatric age, for which dedicated trials are necessary, has so far been excluded.

Why do children and adolescents need specific studies? What is the current situation? What...


Anti-Covid-19 vaccines: where do we stand?

UniSR Communication Team 26 Nov, 2020 0 Commenti

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the international scientific community immediately worked for the preparation of one or more safe and effective vaccines to prevent infection with SARS-CoV-2 and the possible clinical evolution into the serious disease known as Covid-19.


CRISPR/Cas9, the revolutionary Nobel-winning “genetic scissors”

Eufemia Serena Putortì 4 Nov, 2020 0 Commenti

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier for their fundamental contribution to the discovery of an effective method of genetic editing, i.e. a precision intervention that allows the introduction of desired modifications within DNA in simple,...


RNA polymerase, the SARS-CoV-2 “sloppy photocopier”

Massimo Degano 31 Oct, 2020 0 Commenti

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced the scientific community to devote itself to the research and development of various strategies to fight SARS-CoV-2 infection. The only informed way to identify new antivirals is through the knowledge of the three-dimensional structure, literally ...

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