Researchers from the Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology successfully changed the size of a nanometer-sized virus-like particle (VLP). They managed to increase its dimensions, which in the future can lead to the use of these particles to transport drugs in the body, the Jagiellonian University reports.
In a mirror image of our world, water contaminated with cyanobacteria could be non-toxic and cumin could smell like mint, says Dr. Piotr Garbacz from the University of Warsaw, whose research on chiral molecules will be financed with a grant from the European Research Council (ERC). The results may affect the classification of various chemical compounds and the assessment of their therapeutic effects.
Genes of human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) present in our genome are generally dormant, inactive and 'silent', but under certain conditions they can be activated, for example as a result of SARS-COV-2 infection, says Professor Agnieszka Szuster-Ciesielska from the Department of Virology and Immunology of the Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin.
Polyglutamine diseases, such as Huntington's disease, lead to cell death in the brain. Magdalena Dąbrowska, scholarship holder in the 21st edition of the L'Oréal For Women & Science Scholarship Programme, investigates the methods for removing unwanted mutations in the genome that lead to these rare, incurable diseases.
Researchers from the University of Wroclaw and the Wrocław Medical University recreate and analyse medical preparations and 'drugs from an old Polish pharmacy'. They find recipes in diaries, letters, memoirs and private notes dating back to the 16th - 18th century.
The Polish nuclear reactor MARIA rearranged its work schedule to prevent the shortages of medical molybdenum-99 due to a fault in the Dutch HFR reactor, the National Centre for Nuclear Research reports. Molybdenum-99 is a radionuclide used in cancer diagnostics and therapy.
Researchers from the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences are working on a biomaterial with mRNA, which will inhibit the process of bone tissue deterioration in osteoporosis and induce the reconstruction of the missing bone material. They hope that with this technology they will be able to develop a vaccine against osteoporosis.