In a healthy eye, the photoreceptor cells slightly change their length when there are flashes of light. A Polish team is developing a method to record these nano-changes. As a result, it will be possible to precisely image the work of the eye and check whether everything is working properly.
‘I have seen the light side and dark side of science during the pandemic. I deliberately devote myself to science, not to business, because I do not want to lose my research freedom and independence,’ says Professor Marcin Drąg, chemist and creator of a laboratory used, among other things, to do research on the coronavirus.
Bio-Sponge is a biopreparation that removes residues of drugs such as paracetamol or ibuprofen in sewage treatment plants. The carrier of the bacteria responsible for this process is a natural plant sponge, which biodegrades over time. The authors of the solution are researchers from the University of Silesia.
The liver is highly vulnerable to the effects of a high-fat diet. Research by scientists from the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn has shown that the best way to improve liver function is to switch to an easy-to-digest diet combined with chromium supplementation.
The number of cases of Alzheimer's disease is growing rapidly, and current treatments have a limited effect. New drugs are urgently needed, but so are better diagnostic methods. As part of the Alzheimer Prediction Project, experts from Poznań are working on one of such methods.
The corpus luteum plays an important role in early pregnancy through the production of progesterone, an essential hormone needed for the proper development of pregnancy. Scientists from the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn discovered that this gland also secretes a protein called prokineticin 1, which increases lifespan and stimulates the functions of the corpus luteum.
Samples of e-cigarettes available on store shelves contain estragole, which is banned in the EU. In addition, all products of this type contain substances that a prohibited in tobacco products, shows research by Dr. Edyta Budzyńska from the Military University of Technology in Warsaw.