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    Body parts

    Donating organs saves lives. But organ trafficking reduces the body to no more than merchandise.

    The pas de deux of immune tolerance

    New ways of avoiding the rejection of transplants by the immune system to reduce the use of immunosuppressor treatment.

    Xenotransplantation: overcoming the obstacles

    The Xenome project is working on a genetically modified pig whose organs would be tolerated by our immune system. But xenotransplantations are not for the immediate future.

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    The sensorial awakening of the bionic hand

    What future for the artificial organ? For the next generation of hand prostheses, the intuitive and sensitive gripping of objects is on the agenda.

  • Interview

    Research on every front

    Interview with Janez Potočnik assessing the five years spent at the head of the Research Directorate-General.

  • Science and politics

    To act or not to act?

    Technology choices have long been the preserve of policymakers, with advice coming from scientific experts of their choice. Citizens are now beginning to want the right to examine these options.

  • Heritage

    Southern colours

    MedColour’s researchers are using sophisticated physical and chemical technologies to rediscover the characteristic naturalpigments of the Mediterranean heritage.

  • 88 % of species fished in Europe cannot be optimally replenished because they are overexploited. © Shutterstock

    Illegal Fishing

    Tracking back from plate to net

    To combat illegal fishing, researchers in the European FishPopTrace project are developing a technology that can trace where a particular fish came from.

  • Pandemic

    A/H1N1, uncovering a new type of influenza

    A review of the latest addition to the influenza virus family , A/H1N1 and the root of the first pandemic of the 21st century.

  • Dome of the Great Canary Telescope (GCT) located 2 400 metres above sea level on the Spanish island of La Palma. © Miguel Briganti (SMM/IAC)


    Europe’s new eye

    Guided tour of the world’s largest telescope, the GCT, based at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma, Canary Islands.

  • Portrait

    James Lovelock, or Living Earth

    James Lovelock, who was long scoffed at for his concept of organic earth, is today a respected climate expert. Portrait of a fundamentally atypical researcher.

  • While climate change may harm nearly three quarters of European birds, a few southern species, such as the European bee-eater (Merops apiaster) and the hoopoe (Upupa epops), on the other hand, may extend their territory northwards. © S.Spasov /


    The birds are speaking to Europe

    Indicators based on common bird populations assess the consequences of global warming and changes in land use.

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    Image of Science

    It’s not a full moon…