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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).

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06.03.2005

Athens - A three-day conference covering all issues of biotechnology at both fundamental and application level will be held in July this year in Athens: “2nd International Greek Biotechnology Forum - IGBF2”. The event aims at...

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05.02.2005

Athens - The Greek agriculture minister recently announced that the country will destroy over 9,000 acres of fields planted with biotech-mixed cotton. The Greek government will pay affected farmers an estimated Euro4 million....

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05.02.2005

Heraklion/Paris - Together with French Vaxon-Biotech S.A. the Herak-lion University Hospital in Crete has completed the phase I trial of Vaxon's candidate vaccine VX-001, which contains a single optimized cryptic peptide that...

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13.11.2004

Athens - The Hellenic Innovation Centre presented a new technology in October that enables the production of high-grade pharmaceutical raw material like Inter-feron- and - , Erythropoietin, FSH, and HGH, without unwanted...

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09.10.2004

Heraklion - The recent research advances on lymphocytes, the most sophisticated of all mature hematopoietic cell types, will be presented during the 2nd Gene Regulation in Lymphocyte Develop-ment Workshop to be held on October...

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08.05.2004

Valetta - Further to the launch of its DNA Forensics division in February 2004, Synergene Profiling, a subsidiary of the Synergene Biotechnology Group, has successfully completed its first DNA forensic cases.Contracted on behalf...

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08.05.2004

Athens - The Helenic Society for the Study and Applications of Growth Hormones will hold the 2nd International Congress on Adult Consequences of Childhood Endocrine Diseases from May 6-8 in Athens. Main topics are going to be the...

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09.04.2004

Attard - The international network Gendia has recently developed a new fast pre-natal test for the most common aneuploidies by quantitative fluorescent PCR (QF-PCR). Gendia was founded last year by the Malta-based biotech company...

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05.03.2004

Rhodos - SEED ECOLOGY 2004, the first thematic, scientific conference devoted exclusively to seeds and the environment, will take place in Rhodos (April 25 to May 1). The scientific program will cover all aspects of seed eco-logy...

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05.02.2004

Athens - Biovista recently announced he licensing of its Journal Research AnalystTM (JRA) market intelligence tool by Upstate, Chalottesville/USA, one of the leading suppliers of cell signaling reagents and kinase screening...

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