EU-funded researchers have developed a compact portable lab that can deliver fast and accurate diagnosis of bacterial infection, in particular blood poisoning in infants. Huge markets in several application areas await the results of final clinical testing due next year.
Who’s at risk of osteoporosis? The older you grow, the more likely you are to have it, particularly if you are a woman. Whether you actually develop this debilitating condition depends on a combination of genes and lifestyle factors. EU-funded researchers have identified a number of genetic variants that play a role.
The INNPROBIO project aims to help Europe’s bio-based products sector capitalise on recently adopted European public procurement rules. These new rules are designed to encourage public entities to purchase products and services that meet advanced ecological and social aims.
If your livelihood depends on the weather, you will need to plan ahead for the effects of global warming. But knowing that the climate will be different by 2100 doesn’t tell you much about conditions in the next few months or years. Luckily, climate predictions for the near future are becoming increasingly accurate and reliable, with help from EU-funded research.
How many contaminants have you been exposed to during your lifetime? None of us would be able to answer this question, but it would be very useful to know. EU-funded researchers are upgrading the techniques available for measuring environmental exposure, and searching blood samples for biomarkers that provide early warning of consequences for our health.
If doctors use genetic testing to assess the likelihood of patients developing a certain disease, they need to be sure that the results are accurate. In pre-natal testing, there is only one chance to get it right. An EU-funded project has vastly improved the entire testing process, ensuring patients have all the facts.
Think carbon data. Are you picturing a placid stream of harmonised figures from the four corners of the earth? Not so. At the moment, information from different sources can be hard to compare, and the coverage is patchy. Efforts to channel the available information into a global system of systems are under way. An EU-funded project has contributed to this drive.
From the individual birdwatcher to the most groundbreaking of satellites – a team of EU-funded researchers is integrating observation data on nature and the environment to give a fuller picture than ever before of biodiversity in Europe.
People born with dwarfism (achondroplasia) can also have problems with the spine, breathing and hearing. An EU-funded project developed a protein that can potentially restore growth in those affected by the genetic mutation that leads to dwarfism.