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Brain Size and Fat

05.03.2004

Aveiro/Coimbra - The plumpness of the human newborn has long been recognized as a trait in need of explanation among researchers. Using a linear regression analysis, scientists from the Universities of Coimbra and Aveiro in Portugal found that head circumference is significantly and positively associated with BMI (body mass index) at birth. After gestational age and birthlength were controlled for, in a sample of 1,069 healthy liveborn routinely delivered at the University Hospital of Coimbra (Am. J. Hum. Biol. 16:24-30, 2004).
This significant association is consistent with the idea that newborn fatness is related to the higher need of lipids in newborn humans as an energetic and plastic substrate during its accelerated brain growth period. As birth weight and birth head size are associated with head size and cognitive abilities in childhood and adult life, it could be postulated that these cognitive abilities could have acted as selective pressure responsible for the newborn fatness increase in the human lineage.

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02.12.2011

Lisbon – Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are gaining ground in southwestern Europe. According to the European Association for Bioindustries (EuropaBio), Portuguese farmers planted nearly 60% more genetically modified maize...

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07.10.2011

Lisbon – In the southwest of Europe, GMOs are gaining ground. According to the European Association for BioIndustries EuropaBio, Portuguese farmers have grown nearly 60% more genetically modified (GM) maize this year compared to...

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11.08.2011

Lisbon – According to a report published by business intelligence provider Espicom, the future for biopharma on the westernmost tip of Europe looks anything but sunny. Its analysts predict that by 2016, the pharmaceuticals market...

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08.03.2010

Lisbon – Portugal’s “Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia” (FCT) is to channel funding into collaborations between Portuguese and Indian life science companies and research within the networking pilot programme “New Indigo”...

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14.09.2009

Coimbra/San Francisco/Munster – Portuguese and US researchers have discovered a new factor that determines whether an embryonic stem cell (ESC) will remain pluripotent or not. After the team under Miguel and Joao Ramalho-Santos...

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12.07.2009

Madrid –The Spanish Ministry of Health is investing in future biotech treatments. In July, it signed a EUR60m contract over a recombinantly manufactured flu vaccine developed by Rockville-based Novavax. In Phase II trials, the...

09.05.2009

Lisbon/New York - A Portuguese-US research team has discovered a new molecular mechanism that enables gamma herpes viruses to chronically infect patients. Gamma herpes viruses infect white blood cells (B- or T-lymphocytes)...

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21.02.2009

Lisbon – Portugal’s Bial SA has granted American company Sepracor the exclusive rights to develop and commercialise eslicarbazepine in the United States and Canada. Bial will receive US$57m up front.

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