S.V.N.B. Hooke

Studievereniging Nanobiology


Wnt Holiday 2018

The Wnt holiday 2017/2018 on Fuerteventura was a surf holiday to never forget. We went with a beautiful group of students from different years and did all kinds of activities, from surfing and mountain biking to a legendary cocktail party. Also every day the group went to the beach to learn how to surf or for the less talented to just chill at the beach. While it was freezing in Holland,  we were laying on our surfboards catching some waves and tanning our skin. In the evening we often had dinner with the whole group like on the tapas evening. Every night was a big party and memories were made....
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The axolotl genome

Scientists from the universities of Dresden, Heidelberg and Vienna have recently sequenced the entire genome of the axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum). This Mexican salamander serves as a modelorganism in the evolutionary developmental biology and plays an important role in the research on regeneration. Pluripotent stemcells, neoblasts and blastema give multiple species the capacity to regenerate tissues and organs after loss or damage. Already in 1768 it was discovered that axolotls can regenerate limbs and tails, yet the complete genome of these organisms remained unknown for a long time. One of the main obstacles in sequencing this genome is its size: the axolotls genome consists of 32 billion basepairs (which is ten...
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Scientists at the EMC receive grant for research on dementia

The research groups Molecular Genetics and Neuroscience of the Erasmus Medical Center have received 1,2 million euro’s for research on dementia. The focus of the research will be the influence of aging and DNA damage on dementia. Prevention is a central theme in all research on these aging-associated diseases. The formation of protein-plaques is a specialism of the researchers. Earlier research has shown that the neural system benefits from an improvement in diet. Especially a smaller intake of protein (for example from meat) likely has a positive effect. Dr. Joris Pothof (teacher for the Nanobiology course Engineering Genetic Information) and dr. Pier Giorgio Mastroberardino from Molecular Genetics and prof. Ype...
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Scientists in Lithuania surprise the pope with a nanoscale nativity scene

Scientists in Lithuania have given the pope a very remarkable Christmas present: a nativity scene which is invisible for the naked eye! The nativity scene was created in the eye of a needle and is 10.000 times as small as the original nativity scene that is presented each year on the square in front of the cathedral in the capital Vilnius. Thirty people have worked for three months to create the group of little statues. They have made it by scanning the figures and printing it with a special micro-3D-printer. Of course, as nanobiologists we get very excited about this native scene on the nanoscale.   The 4th board of...
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