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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‘Origami’ lattices with nano-scale surface ornaments

Inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding (origami), researchers at TU Delft are developing an alternative to 3D printing that allows the final products to have many more functionalities than what is possible with 3D printing. Those additional functionalities could, for instance, be used in medical implants or devices incorporating flexible electronics. In their publication in Science Advances on Wednesday November 29th, the scientists have successfully applied their technique to lattice structures. Lattice structures Lattice structures are used in the design of so called ‘metamaterials’, to achieve unusual physical, mechanical, or biological properties. Examples are ultra-light yet ultra-stiff materials, fluid-like solids, and materials with ultrahigh energy absorption (impact resistance)...
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BEP/MEP event

Last week the third BEP/MEP event took place. During this event many research groups were present at the information market. Here you could ask all your questions. Have you missed the event or did you not manage to grab a booklet? You can find the pdf of the booklet here. In this booklet you can find information on the possible projects, including contact details.  

Third birthday Hooke

Today S.V.N.B. Hooke celebrates her third birthday. On the 20th of November 2014 the association was established by the signing of the statutes. Since then we have reached several milestones. The first symposium, multiple day excursion, amazing parties and many more events have taken place the last three years. Thirteen committees have been founded, each with their own activities. At the last moment we could welcome our very first alumni. The fourth year will be started by a festive Dies-week. The highlight of the week is the party on Wednesday in the bierfabriek. There are still tickets available. To celebrate our birthday there is a special diesweek item! These socks...
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TUDelft iGEM Dream Team wins incredible amount of prizes in Boston

Yesterday, the TUDelft iGEM Dream Team have won an incredible amount of prizes at the final of the iGEM competition in Boston, including the overgraduate Grand Prize! With their project called Case 13a, they developed a tool for farmers to detect antibiotic resistance in bacteria fast and cheap, in order for them to treat these bacteria in a directed way and slow down the process of bacteria becoming antibiotic resistant. The other awards they won are: Best Innovation in Measurement, Best Integrated Human Practices, Best Supporting Entrepreneurship, Best Composite Part, Best Part Collection, Best Education and Public Engagement, Best New Application and Best Presentation. We are amazingly proud of the...
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Broaden your horizon: upcoming abroad events

If you looking for a minor, master, internship or job abroad, there are some events coming up that might be interesting for you! On the 14th and 15th of November, there will be an Information Market at TU Delft. On 14 November, it will be organised from 12:00-14:00 at the V-hall in the old Applied Physics building. On 15 November, it will be organised from 12:00-14:00 in the central hall in the new Applied Sciences building. Furthermore, the Go-Abroad Fair will be organised in Utrecht on 24 and 25 November. This is thé event for people who have ambitions to go abroad. More information about this event can be found...
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Nobelprize for Chemistry 2017: A tool for Nanobiologists

The Nobel prize for chemistry 2017 is awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Richard Henderson and Joachim Frank for their work on the cryo-electron microscope. Cryo-electron microscopy is an important technique for anyone interested in life at the smallest scale. CryoEM made the visualisation of biomolecules in high resolution much easier. The technique is an enormous improvement. Before cryoEM, X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy were the most used techniques. X-ray crystallography requires the crystallization of proteins. This time-consuming process is not possible for all proteins. Electron microscopy was thought to be non-applicable for biological matter. With cryoEM biological molecules can be studied at high resolution. Biomolecules can be frozen in their natural...
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