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The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) promotes international collaboration in basic research focused on the elucidation of the sophisticated and complex mechanisms of living organisms.

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1989 - 2019
30 years of HFSPO!
2019 HFSP Nakasone Award
Hirofumi Nakasone presents the HFSP Nakasone medal to Michael Hall at the 30th anniversary celebration in Tokyo on 9 July 2019.
2019 HFSP Nakasone Award Ceremony

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Why bacteria reserve chemical war for dense populations

Why bacteria reserve chemical war for dense populations

Many bacteria produce toxins to kill competitors, but only if the population density is high. This allows them to…

Artist's impression: untangling starts early.

Representational untangling by the firing rate nonlinearity in V1 simple cells

The goal of the sensory cortices can be defined as conveying information from the senses to higher level cortices as…

Intravital (in vivo) imaging of pancreatic cancer cells

A subset of cancer-associated fibroblasts deposits perlecan in pancreatic tumors driving metastasis and chemoresistance

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive forms of solid cancer, with a 5-year survival rate of less than 10%. By…

snoRNA U3 RNA-FISH (red) outlining nucleoli inside a nucleus (DAPI, blue) overlaid with an RNA network of snoRNAs and spatially associated protein-coding transcripts derived from Proximity RNA-seq data..

From single-cell RNA expression to RNA composition in subcellular particles

The spatial organization of RNA molecules – where RNAs might be synthetized, processed or stored within cells – is…