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Cancer: Explaining RT cell survivors

Elekta linear accelerator RT machine. Photo Wikimedia

Brazilian scientists are making progress with solving a problem that has long frustrated oncologists: after cancerous tumours in patients are subjected to radiotherapy, not all the mutated cells die. In fact some surviving cells exhibit accelerated growth despite the absence of visible irritation, so negating the beneficial effects of radiotherapy. Now, a group of immunologists   …Continue Reading

The Appliance of Science for “Industry 4.0”

Brasília's Ministries: erratic funding and uncertain future for science.

Brazil’s industrial heartland is making a determined push to escape from the “rich commodity producers’ poverty trap” by expanding its engineering and high technology capacity, creating new opportunities for researchers. Playing catch-up in order to climb aboard the “fourth industrial revolution” (known as Industry 4.0) now sweeping the world with the help of advanced manufacturing   …Continue Reading

Zika: From Godzilla to “Science can fix it.”

Aedes Aegyptii mosquito  responsible for a trio of infectious diseases

It has been called “the Godzilla of infections,” a virus that attacks only the most vulnerable of humankind – unborn children in the womb. Once born, these same children face a limited life of neurological challenges caused by microcephaly or diminished skull size. No wonder the Zika virus, which burst upon the world stage one   …Continue Reading