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VIB and BOZAR: Science meets art


Science and society are not separate entities. Scientific research is embedded in society and culture, which, in turn, are shaped by science. To explore this interaction, VIB has engaged in a collaboration with BOZAR and GLUON, in the context of its Grand Challenges Program (GCP). The aim of this collaboration is that some of the scientists involved in the Grand Challenges projects meet with international artists to explore the interfaces between art and science. This voyage of discovery will ultimately result in a work of art inspired by science.

Tracking different leukemia cells during chemotherapy treatment


A new technology that can detect genetic defects simultaneously in thousands of individual cells shines new light on leukemia development and how cells respond to chemotherapy. Researchers from VIB, KU Leuven and UZ Leuven, led by Prof. Jan Cools (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology), used a new technology to investigate the genetic defects in individual leukemia cells from patients with T-cell leukemia (T-ALL). Their results show that blood and bone marrow samples from each patient contain a variety of leukemia cells, much more than previously detected. The detection of this variety of leukemia cells gives us new information on the development of leukemia and on the response of patients to chemotherapy.

Becoming a nerve cell: timing is of the essence


In this week’s edition of Science, a Belgian team of researchers led by Pierre Vanderhaeghen (VIB-KU Leuven, ULB) finds that mitochondria regulate a key event during brain development: how neural stem cells become nerve cells. Mitochondria influence this cell fate switch during a precise period that is twice as long in humans compared to mice. The seminal findings highlight an unexpected function for mitochondria that may help explain how humans developed a bigger brain during evolution, and how mitochondrial defects lead to neurodevelopmental diseases.

Genetische defecten kunnen evolutionair voordeel bieden op langere termijn


Op het eerste zicht lijkt evolutie een verhaal van continue, stapsgewijze vooruitgang. Wie verzwakt, verliest volgens Darwins wet van survival of the fittest. Toch kunnen genetische defecten, die een organisme in eerste instantie verzwakken, de overlevingskansen op langere termijn vergroten. Deze opmerkelijke bevindingen van bio-ingenieurs aan KU Leuven en VIB betekenen een belangrijke stap in ons begrip van evolutie.