Monthly Archives: December 2013

AORTIC 2013 Durban, South Africa 21-24 November

The recent AORTIC (The African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer) Meeting held in Durban at the ICC (International Conference Center) on 21-24th November has been a relevant scientific event gathering more than 1000 scientists from 66 Countries (including 32 of the 52 countries in Africa). The well organized meeting has been articulated in… Read more »


Alcohol fuels enabling sustainable development

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Biotechnology for Biofuels is pleased to announce a thematic series from the 20th International Symposium on Alcohol Fuels (ISAF 2013), held from 25 to 27 March 2013 at Stellenbosch, South Africa. Guest edited by Emile van Zyl (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa), the thematic series brings together findings from ISAF 2013, where the current status… Read more »


Expert insights into epigenetic interactions and processes

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To mark the BioMed Central conference Epigenetics & Chromatin: Interactions and processes that took place in Boston earlier this year, the open access journal Epigenetics & Chromatin has published a series of review articles that focus on addressing some of the biggest questions in epigenetics today.   The final review of the series, by Anton… Read more »


DNA methyltransferase inhibitors – shifting realities

DNMT1 bound to DNA. Image source RSCB PDB

Written by Dr Steven G. Gray, St James’s Hospital/Trinity College Dublin, Ireland The first inhibitor of DNA methyltransferases (5- azacytidine) was initially synthesized in 1964 [1], and their potential as an anti-cancer agent was recognised very early on [2]. The original studies of these agents in the clinic in the 1980s used decitabine as a… Read more »