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  Cell communication, the EU way

Photo of article European researchers are working hard at developing new approaches to cell communication systems that generate building blocks for biological computation devices. Biological computing addresses shortcomings that impact our lives including helping researchers devise more innovative methods for disease treatment. Scientists from the CELLCOMPUT ('Biological computation built on cell communication systems') project are providing insight on how complex devices consisting of two, three or more programmed cells can be designed and constructed, and are forming building blocks for such devices. CELLCOMPUT has clinched EUR 1.72 million under the 'New and emerging science and technology' (NEST) Thematic area of the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6).

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Published: 7 January 2011

  EU and Taiwan initiate scientific research cooperation

Photo of article As one of the four Asian Tiger economies (namely Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea), Taiwan has much to share in the fields of science and technology and is currently engaging with the EU in a constructive dialogue to the mutual benefit of both sides. The Taiwanese National Science Council (NSC) and the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) recently announced the start of the first EU-Taiwan science cooperation workshop in Taipei. The workshop will invite top Taiwanese research programmes to take part in the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), according to EETO Head of Office Guy Ledoux. The EETO also intend to identify ways in which EU researchers can participate in Taiwanese research programmes.

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Published: 13 December 2007

  National folic acid recommendations confuse European consumers

Photo of article Wide variations across Europe with regard to recommendations for intake of folic acid and other micronutrients are confusing consumers, according to a Preliminary Survey presented recently at the European Congress of Nutrition in Paris. The survey was undertaken by researchers from Wageningen University on behalf of the EURRECA Network of Excellence. ‘Individual countries convene expert panels and review their national guidance on recommendations for micronutrients at different times, which means they are often not working with the same or most up-to-date scientific information. This results in national recommendations being out of ‘sync’ with each other’, says EURRECA partner, Professor Lisette de Groot, from the University of Wageningen (the Netherlands) and one of the authors of the report.

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Published: 30 July 2007

  EU support for open source software

Photo of article An EU-funded consortium will address one of the perceived barriers for the adoption of open source software and prove once and for all that software which is free and publishes its source code, is capable of outperforming anything else on the market. ‘’ is an initiative made up of the three EU research projects: QUALOSS, FLOSSMETRICS and SQO-OSS, demonstrating a strong commitment between partners involved in different projects. The intention is that this initiative will facilitate access to information by disseminating news via a joint RSS feed. ‘’ will transform the cooperative way of working between these corresponding projects into hard evidence regarding software quality in an open source.

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Published: 29 June 2007

  Nano2Life announces science writing competition winners

Photo of article As part of the drive towards a “knowledge economy”, the European Commission is keen to keep people informed about the latest scientific developments and encourage youngsters to get involved in the subject. A recent competition has given young researchers the opportunity to showcase their ability to write about science and get their ideas across to a non-expert readership. Communicating complex ideas to the layman is an important task for researchers as the wider public is eager to find out more about new technical, medical and biological advances. Unfortunately, their curiosity often remains unsatisfied due to a shortage of suitable publications.

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Published: 13 June 2007

  Giving patients a heads up on genetic disease and testing

Photo of article Advances in genetic testing, which analyse the blood or body tissues of patients, have bolstered doctors' abilities to diagnose and treat several illnesses. But EuroGentest went one step further and not only conducted a major survey examining the quality of existing patient information in the EU, but it has published a series of 11 patient information leaflets on the main topics in genetic disease and genetic testing. Supported by patient information groups, the leaflets are available in English and are currently being translated into Italian, Polish and Romanian. They will eventually be translated into all the main EU languages.

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Published: 15 May 2007

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