Director of RAE presents the language platform of “Science Enclave” to the Minister of Science and Innovation

The Minister of Science and Innovation, Pedro Duque, met the director of the Spanish Royal Academy (RAE), Santiago Muñoz Machado, to learn the details of the launch of «Enclave de Ciencia», a language services platform to facilitate the handling and understanding of scientific-technical vocabulary, launched by the RAE and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).

IATA-CSIC project develops biodegradable antiviral filters to make protective masks

A project of the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA), a research centre of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), is developing biodegradable and viricidal materials for high-protection reusable sanitary devices. The research group behind this work, led by scientist José María Lagarón, is doing a very active job since the beginning of the health crisis, together with the company Bioinicia S.L., in the development of filtration materials that can be integrated into masks.

Top priority in the CSIC for coronavirus projects

The two projects being developed at the CNB-CSIC to search for vaccines are progressing very quickly, as far as technically possible, and have the necessary resources thanks to government funding.

The latest follow-up report, submitted last Friday to the Ministry, reported the success achieved by researchers Luis Enjuanes and Isabel Sola in assembling a DNA complementary to the SARS-Cov-2 of full length. In addition, tests on animal models have been prepared in parallel.

The project led by researcher Mariano Esteban already has a candidate for vaccine MVA-COVID-19 and have been vaccinated intramuscular route mice to test the protective immune response to the coronavirus.

Chemistry against COVID: MediSieve tackling the virus inside and out

Since its inception in 2015, MediSieve’s team of twelve – a mix of scientists, researchers, engineers and legal experts – has been developing a revolutionary filtration system similar to that of a dialysis machine to target and remove blood-borne pathogens such as harmful cells, bacteria, toxins and inflammatory cytokines. Using magnets, the system is able to specifically extract unwanted disease from the body by binding to the pathogen. 

Recognising similarities between the findings of recent studies into patients with the most serious cases of coronavirus and MediSieve’s existing research into sepsis, Chief Technology Officer Dr Cristina Blanco-Andujar has pivoted the team’s activity towards researching how the system can be used to help medical professionals treat patients more effectively.

Type 3c diabetes is an early manifestation of pancreatic cancer

A CNIO team has shown that 26% of cases of type 3c diabetes are caused by pancreatic cancer. The finding could allow the classification of these patients as susceptible to be monitored early in order to increase their survival. The high mortality of this tumor is due to its late diagnosis.

The team has used information from more than 3,500 people from the Pangeneu, a large European study led by the CNIO’s own researchers involving centres from six countries, among them Spain, to analyze the relationship between multiple risk factors and pancreatic cancer.

Science for Kids

The London Science Museum has created a game designed to help visitors explore the world around them. Treasure Hunters encourages players to look beyond the most popular objects in the gallery and create a completely unique experience, with the chance to learn about objects they might not have noticed otherwise. Everyone can get involved and go head-to-head for badges and treasure.

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The site brings together resources from the Science Museum, including activities, games and videos. You can discover activities to support a range of curriculum topics for use in the classroom, in museum galleries and beyond.