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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

26.11.2005

Nicosia - A rare medical condition has been found to be nine times more prevalent in Cypriots living in Paphos than in the rest of Cyprus or the European Union. Results of research carried out by the Neurology and Genetic...

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

26.11.2005

Brussels - The European Union's Agricultural Council has failed to reach a qualified majority for rejecting or upholding the Greek ban on genetically modified (GM) maize Mon 810. EuropaBio, the organization representing Europe's...

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

28.09.2005

Nicosia - US-based Genaissance Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced in September that it will provide its high-throughput genotyping services to Cyprus' Biotronics Ltd. Biotronics has been awarded a contract by the Veterinary Services...

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

12.08.2005

Athens - The Greek government announced in August a collaborative agreement between its contractor Antisel A. Selidis and US-based Genaissance Pharmaceuticals in the field of scrapie genotyping.Under the terms of the agreement,...

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

12.08.2005

La Valetta - After a broad discussion process Malta's Social Affairs Committee has presented a draft regulation on biotechnology and assisted reproduction to the parliament in July.According to the proposals the fertilised ovum...

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

10.07.2005

La Valletta - Synergene Biotechnology Group, a Malta-based biotech company, in line with its expansion programme has recently appointed several new members to the board of directors of Synergene Technologies Limited. The new...

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

10.07.2005

Valletta - In mid-June the Social Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives has ended its consultation process regarding the use of biotechnology in Malta. The Committee is currently discussing a report compiled by the...

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

10.05.2005

Athens - Greece supports the development of biotechnology but is wary of its side effects, Greek Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas said during the first national Greek biotechnology and food technology conference held on...

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10.05.2005

Athens/Lugano - Helsinn Healthcare S.A., a Swiss pharmaceutical group, and Galenica, a Greek pharmaceutical company, announced recently the signing of an agreement granting Galenica the exclusive licence and distribution rights...

Cyprus/Greece/MaltaCyprusGreeceMalta

10.05.2005

Nicosia - Delivering the promise of nanotechnology to society for much-awaited products and jobs, hinges critically on transferring manufacturing technology to industrial production. For this purpose, the University of Cyprus...

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