Arriving at Riga for the Cystinet meeting

What’s new – Updates from Riga and Berlin

This week, we can report two major events - one of them took place in Riga: we had the chance to participate in the 1st 2017 working group meeting of Cystinet, the european network on taeniasis and cysticercosis. But also back home in Berlin we made great progress: we successfully established a protocol to detect trigger RNA with our sensor on a membrane!

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Interview: March for Science Berlin

In times when the term "fake news" seems to be part of the everyday vocabulary, taking a stand for facts and science is something each scientist or science enthusiast should do. To underline the need to encourage research, we could name the often cited examples of vaccines or climate change in this context, but let's begin even a bit closer to what we work for: ignorance and a lack of research are two of the main reasons neglected diseases are still abundantly spreading throughout many countries.

Despite the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need for further research in areas largely uncharted, funding for science is not sufficient and in many cases, scientist's suggestions go unheard in the noisy political discussions. To point out these problems and get together to celebrate science, people all over the world have connected and organized the March for Science on the 22nd of April, 2017 - in Berlin it was organized, amongst others by Vladislav Nachev and Julien Colomb.

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Written in hieratic Egyptian, it contains 110 pages.

Tapeworms in time: Ancient Egypt and the Ebers Papyrus

Humans have been prone to parasitic infections since the appearance of our species - among them infections with helminths, that is: intestinal worms. But how were these infections perceived by civilizations that could not explain them as we can today? How were patients treated? Let’s look back at one of the first civilizations from which written medical records remain: Ancient Egypt.

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