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The weakened immune system in people with HIV/AIDS makes them particularly vulnerable to fungal infections such as cryptococcal meningitis, which can be deadly. The medicine used to treat the condition is flucytosine, and EU-funded researchers have developed a new and more efficient way of producing it. This will cut production costs, making it more affordable for people in low-income countries.
Published: 26 April 2017
A throng of 28 miniature satellites designed by EU-funded researchers are winging their way to the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket carrying the satellites was launched in the early hours of 18 April, and is due to dock at the ISS in the coming days. The satellites are expected to be deployed at the end of April or early May, while another launch - containing another 8 satellites - is foreseen for May.
Published: 18 April 2017
The damage done by chronic kidney disease is irreversible: once the illness has taken hold, the organ can't be healed. Patients' prospects and quality of life would be much improved if the condition could be spotted sooner. An EU-funded project has developed a biomarker test to pick up very early signs of diabetic kidney disease, and identified possible improvements in the approach to therapy.
Published: 13 April 2017
What would it be like to live on Mars? Much like Earth, maybe, in due course - but the pioneers who will one day head out there will face a deeply hostile environment upon arrival. EU-funded researchers have developed a habitat for simulated space missions in suitably challenging locations down here on Earth. It can also support research in extreme conditions.
Published: 11 April 2017
Nuclear fusion could, potentially, solve our energy problems once and for all, but we're not quite there yet. However, we are already reaping benefits from the research. Technology development for ITER, for example, generates new know-how with possible applications in industry. It has inspired world-leading innovation for a type of analytical instrumentation.
Published: 31 March 2017
Green, bio-based industries could drive smart new growth in Europe's regions. An EU-funded project has developed assessment and guidance tools to help regions design strategies to boost entrepreneurship and investment in local bioeconomies.
Published: 29 March 2017
World Down Syndrome Day on 21 March 2017 raises awareness and informs policymaking and action at all levels of society. For its part, the EU has been a major funder of projects and initiatives aimed at promoting inclusion, boosting knowledge and improving the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families.
Published: 20 March 2017
Crime moves with the times, with the law hard on its heels... Pirates and highwaymen do still exist, but these days they are likely to have smartphones, and the proof needed to catch and convict them is probably digital. With new questions about electronic evidence constantly arising, EU-funded researchers have mapped out a path towards a common framework.
Published: 16 March 2017
Policymakers are currently reforming the rules that govern fiscal policy coordination in the EU and the euro-area. To help, an EU-funded project will investigate the best options for building a stronger economy.
Published: 13 March 2017
European researchers have identified a novel approach to prevent the growth of cancer tumours and inhibit them from spreading, potentially leading to highly effective treatments with fewer side effects.
Published: 7 March 2017