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Engineering how mosquitos smell

11.03.2010

Athens – A EUR2.5m EU research project targeting olfaction in the malaria carrier Anopheles gambiae is to be coordinated by Greek researchers from the Institute of Bio­logy at the Demokritos National Centre of Scientific Research in Athens. The ENAROMaTIC network of 10 research groups and the firms Inscent, Inc. and Neuroproof GmbH, along with pharmaceutical chemists from the National Hellenic Research Foundation, aims to limit the spread of malaria by lowering the insect’s capability to detect humans by smell. Female mosquitoes hone in on humans in the environment with the help of an odorant receptor (AgOr) repertoire in their antennae. The mechanisms used by Anopheles to detect smells will be studied within the ENAROMaTIC project, and new natural and synthetic inhibitors of the insect’s olfaction will be tested in Africa. The overall aim of the project is to reduce the frequency of bites, and thus transmission of the malaria agent from the mosquitoes. In February, the concept received strong support from the results of a US study when researchers from Yale University identified a dozen Anopheles odorant receptors that appear to be useful targets for controlling the transmission of malaria (Nature, doi:10.1038/nature08834).

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

24.09.2007

Athens – Greek chemical and human and veterinary pharmaceutical company Alapis S.A., which was formed in May by a merger of the Greek firms Veterin, Ebik and Elpharma, is expanding rapidly through acquisitions in south-eastern...

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

11.07.2007

Athens – At the end of May, Greece has launched its official site for the Greek National Contact Point (NCP) for the FP7’s thematic areas “Health“ and “Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology“ (www.ncp-bionova.gr/)....

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

16.05.2007

Athens – Greek Deputy Agriculture Minister Alexandros Kontos has renewed a decree banning the sale of genetically engineered Mon810 Bt maize varieties for another 18 months after an ultimatum of the European Commission ran out in...

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

16.03.2007

Ioannina – Tumor markers are specific to a certain type of cancer and its developmental stage. They are used to estimate a prognosis for the development and treatment of the cancer. Researchers led by John Ioannidis from the...

Politics / Law, Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

21.11.2006

Athens – The Greek government and the European Investment Fund (EIF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in October, which is to implement ‘Jeremie’. The initiative allows the EU Member States and regions to use part of their...

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

12.05.2006

Athens/Napa - Senetek PLC, a US-biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and co-marketing products in the key categories skincare and dermatological worldwide, announced in March that they have signed a cooperative...

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

17.03.2006

Athens/Paris - US-based drug development company Immuno-Designed Molecules (IDM) Inc. signed in February an exclusive licensing and marketing agreement for its cancer drug Junovan (Muramyl Tripeptide Phosphatidylethanolamine) in...

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

17.03.2006

Athens/Brussels - The European Commission has decided that the Greek national ban of MON810 maize is not properly justified and has therefore ordered to lift the ban. Up to now, Greece had referred to the safeguard clause for...

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

29.01.2006

Athens/Nikosia - Drug developer Samaritan Europe has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Three Rivers Pharmaceuticals for the marketing and sales of Amphocil® (amphotericin B cholesteryl sulfate complex for...

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29.01.2006

Crete - Using an implanted device to make the heart beat faster in pacemaker patients with obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome does not help, according to a study of Greek researchers. The physicians around Professor Panos...

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