Monthly Archives: March 2017

Biology 2.0: It is time to delegate understanding to computers


In the biological sciences we seem obsessed with simple solutions and questions directed towards simple answers and neat headlines. However, biological systems are complex. Can we really expect to gain simple solutions and are we as humans even capable of fully understanding them? Here to explore this topic is guest blogger Ferdi L. Hellweger.


The bat blueprint


An ambitious international effort titled BAT1K has recently been launched. Its aim: to sequence the genomes of all living bat species. In this blog, Sonja Vernes, one of the leaders of the consortium, tells us about BAT1K, its importance and what makes the only flying mammals so special.


Establishing symbiotic nitrogen fixation in cereals and other non-legume crops: The Greener Nitrogen Revolution


The Haber-Bosch process has enabled us to produce synthetic nitrogen fertilizers leading to higher crop yields and a boom in the world population. However this has come at a costly environmental expense. A review article published today in Agriculture and Food Security describes a program of research that looks to take the natural nitrogen fixing bacteria found in legumes and place it in crops like maize, wheat and rice. Here, co-author of the review, Ted Cocking, tells us about this potential dawn of the greener nitrogen revolution.


Pioneers in Infectious Agents and Cancer Meeting

On March 23 in occasion of the 80° birthday of Prof. Robert Gallo the Pioneers in Infectious Agents and Cancer Meeting will be held in Naples at the Conference Hall of the Royal Continental Hotel. The 2017 Pioneers in Infectious Agents and Cancer Meeting, whose main objective is to celebrate scientists who contributed most to… Read more »