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Blood Cancers

NIPT Can Detect Blood Cancers Before Symptoms Appear

The non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT), developed to detect Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities in unborn children, can also detect blood cancers. Not just...
HTLV-1 virus

Scientists Taking up Arms in the Fight Against Silent Killer HTLV-1

First discovered in 1978, the HTLV-1 virus has already claimed millions of lives. At that point, it had already been around for thousands of...
© Joris Snaet

Ready-To-Use Recipe for Turning Plant Waste into Gasoline

In 2014, at KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, researchers succeeded in converting sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. A chemical process made...
Microbial Dark Matter

Microbial Dark Matter Dominates Earth’s Environments

Uncultured microbes—those whose characteristics have never been described because they have not yet been grown in a lab culture—could be dominating nearly all the...
Oxidative Stress

Fighting Oxidative Stress to Treat Cartilage, Brain and Bone Disease

When the cells in our body have a normal metabolism, this results in the production of chemically reactive molecules that contain oxygen, also called...
macrophages

Discovery of Long-Lived Macrophages in the Intestine

In the immune system macrophages play the role of PacMan: they are white blood cells that clean up foreign substances by engulfing them. Apart...
silver clustersvideo

Scientists Discover Why Silver Clusters Emit Light

Zeolites have a very rigid and well-known structure containing numerous small channels and voids. In chemistry, they are used to stimulate certain reactions. Molecules...
Modern security technologyvideo

Modern Security Technology in Intel Processors Not Watertight

Computer systems are made up of different layers, making them very complex. Every layer also contains millions of lines of computer code. As this...
Therapy-resistant cancers

Therapy-Resistant Cancers Once Again Made Sensitive to Treatment

In recent years, cancer treatment has shifted from classic chemotherapy towards more targeted strategies. This newer approach uses specific medicines to target particular proteins...
Leukaemia

T-Cell Leukaemia: Cancer Cells Take Advantage of ‘Survival Protein’

Cancer researchers have shown that some patients with T-cell leukaemia produce too much of the BCL-2 protein. Cancer cells take advantage of this ‘survival...
colloidal photonic crystalsvideo

New Material Reveals Hidden Message When You Breathe on It

Our clothes, food and everyday devices get their colour from dye or pigments that absorb light. These colours fade over time, as laundry detergent ads never fail...
lupus

Scientists Uncover New Genetic Cause of Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues. Lupus can affect multiple organs.Its cause, however, is often...
Cosmological Theoryvideo

Stephen Hawking and Thomas Hertog Propose a New Cosmological Theory

Stephen Hawking's last paper, co-authored by Thomas Hertog, does away with the infinite multiverse and predicts a simpler and finite universe. Find out more...
induced pluripotent stem cells

Why Reprogramming Makes Male and Female Cells Behave Differently

Using a patient’s skin cells to restore his vision? Thanks to a promising technique known as cell reprogramming, this science fiction scenario may soon...
iron ore deposits

Lavas in the Lab Could Lead Miners to New Iron Ore...

Iron ore is mined in about 50 countries, with Australia, Brazil and China as the largest producers. It is mostly used to produce the...
genes

Fifteen New Genes Identified That Shape Our Face

Our DNA determines what we look like, including our facial features. That appeals to the popular imagination, as the potential applications are obvious. Doctors...
bones

Heavy Bones, Low Body Weight

Bone cells do not just form new bone, they also influence the blood sugar level. Leuven scientists have now discovered a new mechanism that...
neurodegenerative diseases

Stem Cell Researchers Develop New Method to Study Neurodegenerative Diseases in...

All stem cells are immature, and pluripotent stem cells are the most immature among them: they can give rise to all different cell types...
soot particles

New Laser Technique Detects Soot Particles in Blood and Urine

Recent research has shown that, each year, over 4.2 million individuals around the world die prematurely due to air pollution. “This type of pollution can...
cancer cells

Scientists Figure out How Timer for Cell Division Works

Our body is constantly building new tissue and replacing dead or damaged cells through cell division. Skin cells, for instance, only last about a...