Elements of the regulatory networks controlling Hox gene expression were hijacked, enabling some of these genes to be reused to form mammary buds, thus favouring the emergence of placental mammals and marsupials. This study, published during the week of November 14, 2016 in PNAS, was led by Leonardo Beccari, from the team of Denis Duboule.
A new program entitled Certificate in Industrial Life Sciences (CILS) will be launched in February 2017 by the Faculty of Science, in collaboration with Life Sciences employers in the Lemanic region.
This Certificate aims at improving the employability of students who hold a university degree in Life Sciences (master or PhD in biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences) and the program has been designed to bridge the gap between Academic and Industrial Life Sciences.
Registration deadline: November 30, 2016
The team of Karl Perron has shown that the protein Host factor q (Hfq) of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is essential to express its virulence and become resistant to antibiotics of last resort, in the presence of certain metals. The results, presented on October 3, 2016 in Genes, single out the Hfq protein as the Achilles heel of this bacterium.
The team of Didier Picard has uncovered an epigenetic mechanism that prevents the activation of numerous genes, including those involved in the growth of breast cells. The study, published on September 29, 2016 in Molecular Cell, shows that histones H2Bub1 stabilise nucleosomes present at the level of inducible enhancers in these genes.
The opening webinar of the new Scientix webinar series will be held by Massimo Caine, a collaborator of BiOutils, on September 28, 2016. Massimo will introduce BiOutils and TheScienceBreaker and explain how their joint efforts will attempt to bring closer local STEM educators with academic researchers.
The production of the protein CIRBP fluctuates during the day, modulated by the temperature of the body and by ‘clock genes’. The team of Ueli Schibler, in collaboration with researchers at the EPFL deciphered how the cell succeeds in adjusting this production. Their results were published on September 15, 2016 in Genes & Development.