An international team of scientists has discovered 44 new types of marine virus. The sorting of individual viral particles, and the sequencing of their genomes, facilitated the find, published in the journal Nature Communications.
In 1995, months after the debut of the PlayStation in Japan, Sony launched the video game console in the United States and Europe. It was an immediate success. The company sold more than 104 million units over the next decade, clearly outperforming its closest competitor, the Sega Saturn. With the PlayStation, games like Gran Turismo, Metal Gear or Final Fantasyentered video game history.
No one can question the advancements represented by DNA sequencing. The contribution made by technological cores specialized in genomics has made possible the first molecular consensus on colorectal cancer. The arrival of a new technique, especially if it is as innovative and revolutionary as this one, always implies the abandonment of other technologies.
Precision medicine applied to breast cancer has traditionally drawn up patient profiles with the use of techniques such as genomic sequencing and microarrays. Over the past decade, proteomics research has achieved breakthroughs in the identification and quantification of certain biomarkers in clinical samples, which help stratify patients by the sub-type of breast cancer that they develop.
Seven years ago, the launch of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) ushered in a new era in the understanding of cancer, with the goal of improving clinical diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Are ordinary people interested in scientific and technological research? The social perception reports produced by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) show that interest in R&D has remained stable over recent years. Around 15% of Spaniards say they are interested in science.
Perhaps one of the most famous paintings of Salvador Dalí is The Persistence of Memory, which the artist completed in 1931, conjuring up, with its "melting" watches, Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. However, physics was not the only science that inspired the genius from Figueres.
Advances in omics technologies have not only made greater quantities of data available for life science research; they have also made it possible to obtain results with greater sensitivity.
In re-reading Bacon, it becomes clear that knowledge – and not just knowledge of a purely scientific nature – is just as powerful as it is necessary. Knowing which tools, sources and instruments are within my grasp will allow me to work more effectively. The same is true of research, where it is vital to always be aware of cutting-edge innovations and services.