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  Scientists investigate genetics of HIV-1 resistance

Photo of article Investigating the genetic footprint that drug resistance causes in HIV, researchers in Europe have discovered that compensatory polymorphisms enable resistant viruses to survive. Presented in the journal Retrovirology, the study was supported in part by three EU-funded projects: VIROLAB, EURESIST and CHAIN. Both the VIROLAB ('A virtual laboratory for decision support in viral diseases treatment') and EURESIST ('Integration of viral genomics with clinical data to predict response to anti-HIV treatment') projects were funded under the 'Information society technologies' (IST) Thematic area of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) to the tune of EUR 3.3 million and EUR 2.1 million, respectively. CHAIN ('Collaborative HIV and anti-HIV drug resistance network') has received almost EUR 10 million under the Health Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Published: 24 October 2012

  Severe pollination decline to impact consumer: study

Photo of article Pollination by insects, such as bees and hover flies, is what helps 66 % of the world's crops used for human production grow and is what supports most wild plant species. But as pressures continue, an international team of researchers feels the future does not bode well for this ecosystem. A case in point is how farmers in Sichuan, China are now pollinating apple flowers with pollination sticks, which are made of chicken feathers and cigarette filter. This comes after 3 000 years of sustainable agriculture in the area. But China is not alone; regions around the world including Europe are increasingly seeing the threat to the ecosystem. The study was funded in part by the STEP ('Status and trends of European pollinators') project, which has received almost EUR 3.5 million under the Environment Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Published: 28 September 2012

  More research needed to fight multidrug-resistant TB

Photo of article One third of the world's population is infected with tuberculosis (TB) and despite valiant efforts to combat it, TB continues to pose a serious threat to individuals and public health around the world. In recent years the fight got harder as new strains of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) are creating a serious new threat. New research may have the answer to fighting this new strain of TB, but more research is needed to optimise the recommended treatment. The study was funded in part by the TB PAN-NET ('Pan-European network for the study and clinical management of drug resistant tuberculosis') project, which has received almost EUR 11 million under the Health Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Published: 26 September 2012

  SCALES project investigates environment monitoring

Photo of article Conservation practice, backed with strong data and recommendations, is high on the EU agenda. One of the most important ways to identify changes in the environment and in natural populations is to focus on biodiversity and environmental monitoring. The data generated from monitoring helps decision makers and researchers design and assess biodiversity policies, conservation management, land use decisions and environmental protection. The SCALES ('Securing the conservation of biodiversity across administrative levels and spatial, temporal, and ecological scales') project has performed an evaluation that focused on providing scientific and policy research required to guide scale-dependent management actions. SCALES has received almost EUR 7 million under the Environment Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

Published: 25 September 2012

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