HFSP Matters - Issue 9

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to send you the ninth issue of "HFSP Matters", the newsletter from the Human Frontier Science Program Organization.

HFSP Matters - Issue 8

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A tryst with the sky for a peek into the sea

Anupam Sengupta, a 2014 HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow, recounts how he was able to test the effects of gravity on phytoplankton migration when he was selected to participate in an expedition on a parabolic flight at 8000m above sea level.

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by HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellow Anupam Sengupta
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Greasing up ferroptotic cell death

Ferroptosis is a novel, yet only partly understood, type of regulated necrotic cell death that may underlie some forms of degenerative diseases including neurodegeneration but that could also be harnessed to treat certain cancers. Oxidation of lipids in cellular membranes has been considered to be a central process in ferroptosis, yet the nature and source of lipid peroxidation has remained enigmatic.

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By HFSP Program Grant alumnus Marcus Conrad
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HFSP Matters 7

 

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to send you the seventh issue of "HFSP Matters", the newsletter from the Human Frontier Science Program Organization. This issue contains more exciting frontier science, news from the HFSP community and information on upcoming events.

How fish see infrared light: solving a 100-year old mystery in vision science

In 1896, two German scientists, Köttgen and Abelsdorff, made a curious observation: when they measured the absorption properties of visual pigments (the molecules that mediate light sensation) extracted from the eyes of freshwater fish, they found them to be ‘red-shifted’ towards longer wavelengths than those of marine fish and land animals. The significance of this seemingly obscure discovery was not appreciated until nearly 40 years later, when George Wald took up the problem.

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By HFSP Program Grant alumnus Joseph Corbo
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HFSP Matters 5

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Guiding light: the mysteries of firefly bioluminescence unfold

In 2011, HFSP awarded a Young Investigator Grant to an international team of researchers to study the "Excited-State Structure of the Emitter and Color-Tuning Mechanism of the Firefly Bioluminescence".  The findings of this successful four-way collaboration between the labs of Pance Naumov (Japan/Abu Dhabi), Pascal Didier (France), Lukas Hintermann (Germany) and Michel Sliwa (France) are described in the following article by Pance Naumov, Principal Inves

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By HFSP Young Investigator Grant holder Pance Naumov
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HFSP Matters - May 2014


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Happenchance and hedgehogs

Earlier this year, the European Medicines Agency approved the use of a new anti-cancer drug, Erivedge, developed by Genentech in collaboration with the Cambridge (Mass) based biotech company Curis Inc, for the treatment of Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), the most common cancer amongst Caucasians. This decision followed similar approval for its clinical use in the USA by the FDA in 2012.

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By HFSP alumnus Philip Ingham
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