CSIC experts respond to the diagnostic methods of the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus

Researchers from the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) will answer questions from citizens about the diagnostic methods of the coronavirus SARS-Cov-2, causing the Covid-19, in a webinar or interactive debate that will be aired on Wednesday, 3rd of June, at 20.15, on the Youtube channel of the CSIC. The meeting will be attended by biotechnologist Luis Blanco; nanotechnologists Laura Lechuga and Pilar Marco; and physicist Javier Tamayo. The debate will be moderated by geneticist, biotechnologist and disseminator Lluis Montoliu, of the National Center of Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC).

Questions can be sent in advance to webinar@csic.es, twitter with the hashtag #Csicdiagnostico or during the broadcast via Youtube chat. After the broadcast, it will be hosted on the Youtube channel of the CSIC for consultation, such as previous discussions on prevention and de-worming and treatments and vaccines. The seminar is part of the series of interactive webinars The CSIC gives answers.

Coronavirus: how the virus works

The development of COVID-19 treatments, tests, drugs and vaccines will be accelerated by molecular understanding of the COVID-19 virus. Roger Highfield, Science Director, looks at what is happening in Britain’s most prestigious molecular biology laboratory.

A detailed look inside SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, comes from Yorgo Modis of the University of Cambridge, who works at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, the UK’s ‘Nobel prize factory’.

Find out all the details about this article here.

Cancer cells cause inflammation to protect themselves from viruses

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute have uncovered how cancer cells protect themselves from viruses that are harmful to tumours but not to healthy cells. These findings could lead to improved viral treatments for the disease. 

In their study, published in Nature Cell Biology, the researchers identified a mechanism that protects cancer cells from oncolytic viruses, which preferentially infect and kill cancer cells.

These viruses are sometimes used as a treatment to destroy cancer cells and stimulate an immune response against the tumour. However, they only work in a minority of patients and the reasons whether they are effective or not are not yet fully understood.


Inspiraciencia is an initiative that relates science and writing in a playful way, an open space to think and imagine science from fiction. Its aim is to foster a free and personal approach to scientific thought through literary creation and the exploration of previously unimagined realities. You can send your proposal before the 7th of June.

All the info can be found here.

Science for kids

The Museo de Ciencias Universidad de Navarra celebrates World Environment Day (5 June) as every year. Through various activities aimed at all audiences, the Museum tries to make society aware of the importance of caring for the natural environment.

This Friday 5th ofJune at 18.30 pm,the Museum presents the activity ” Draw with Samlo: discover biodiversity”.The Science Museum wants to awaken the youngest curiosity about nature. For an hour and a half, the young designer Samlo will teach children between the ages of 6 and 12 to draw animated characters related to biodiversity.

For more information follow this link.