Track down water pollution through DNA of algae

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The team of Jan Pawlowski has established a water quality index based solely on the DNA sequences of the diatoms present in the samples, without needing to identify each species visually. This study, published on April 13, 2017 in Molecular Ecology Resources, presents a revolutionary tool to process a very large number of samples in parallel in a reduced time and at a lower cost.

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How to color a lizard: from biology to mathematics

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A multidisciplinary team led by Michel Milinkovitch describes how the southwestern European lizard slowly acquires its intricate adult skin colour, by linking the equations of Alan Turing with a computational system invented by John von Neumann. Published on April 12, 2017 in Nature, this biology-driven research allows to link, for the first time, the work of these two giants in mathematics.

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BiOutils a 10 ans !

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Le 29 mars dernier, BiOutils fêtait une décennie d’existence.

Le laboratoire BiOutils, l’interface universitaire pour la promotion des sciences de la vie, a pour mission de soutenir l’enseignement de la biologie moderne en mettant du matériel et des compétences à la disposition des écoles.

Créée en 2007 au sein des Facultés des sciences et de médecine de l’UNIGE, cette structure interagit désormais avec quelque 6’000 élèves par an à tous les niveaux d’enseignement, du primaire au secondaire II.

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Ma thèse en 180 secondes 2017

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Florian Stern, doctorant des profs. Bruno Strasser (IUFE et Section de biologie) et Andreas Muller (IUFE), a gagné le 2ème Prix du jury du concours ‘Ma thèse en 180 secondes’, organisé le 28 mars 2017 par l’UNIGE pour la deuxième édition de sa finale régionale.

Son sujet portait sur le déterminisme génétique et les intuitions humaines.

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Subsides INNOGAP – appel à projets

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logo UnitecChaque année, Unitec, le bureau de transfert de technologies et de compétences de l’UNIGE et des HUG, accorde jusqu’à 5 bourses INNOGAP d’un montant maximum de 30’000 CHF chacune à des chercheurs de l’UNIGE et des HUG afin de soutenir financièrement des projets en phase de “preuve de concept” ou de prototypage.

Prochain délai de soumission de demandes : lundi 10 avril 2017

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A nose for smells? Practice makes perfect!

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The teams of Alan Carleton and of Ivan Rodriguez have identified the complementary role played by two kinds of mouse olfactory neurons in forming, maintaining and reshaping the representations of odours. Their study, published on March 8, 2017 in Neuron, shows that it is their very combination that enables to recognise and distinguish similar smells.

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Bringing academic researchers closer to STEM educators

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This project, amounting to CHF 200’000 and financed by the FNS-AGORA, aims to popularize scientific publications to make them usable in the classroom by teachers. The researchers themselves will be involved in the popularization of their work. Continuous training and webinars will be organized, and classes will be able to contact researchers to discuss discoveries. This project is being implemented by the BiOutils and TheScienceBreaker interfaces with Secondary 2 teachers.

List of projects approved in 2017