• January 31, 2018
    Neutrons reveal hidden secrets of the hepatitis C virus for the first time
    p7 is a protein essential for the release of the hepatitis C virus, however little data is currently available on the way it interacts with its environment, hindering the development of vaccinations for it. Researchers have observed the structure of a functional p7 protein within its native environment for the first time using reflected neutrons. The specific protein insertion mechanism observed will help to outline potential target mechanisms for future drug development.
  • June 20, 2017
    ICE MEMORY : full success of the expedition on Illimani glacier in Bolivia
    The second expedition of the ICE MEMORY project, took place on the Illimani glacier (Bolivia) from May 22nd until June 18th, 2017. It just ended with full success! The international team at work has successfully extracted two ice cores down to bedrock, at more than 6,300 m above sea level, despite extreme climatic conditions. One of the ice cores will be analyzed while the other one with join the first world heritage vault of ice cores (in Antarctica) obtained from glaciers under threat due to global warming.
  • March 1, 2017
    Ice Memory, protecting ice memory
    An international scientific programme aimed at preserving climate memory.
  • February 24, 2017
    Where do flowers come from? Shedding light on Darwin’s "abominable mystery"
    The mystery that is the origin of flowering plants has been partially solved thanks to a team from the Laboratoire de Physiologie Cellulaire et Végétale (CNRS/Inra/CEA/Université Grenoble Alpes), in collaboration with the Reproduction et Développement des Plantes laboratory (CNRS/ENS Lyon/Inra/Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1) and Kew Gardens (UK). Their discovery, published in the journal New Phytologist on February 24, 2017, sheds light on a question that much intrigued Darwin: the appearance of a structure as complex as the flower over the course of evolution.
  • September 5, 2016
    Scientists use neutrons to understand the secrets of extremophile bacteria like the ones decomposing the RMS Titanic
    Understanding microbe adaptation to extreme environments remains a challenge of high biotechnological potential - bioremediation and waste management, for example.
  • July 21, 2016
    Protecting Ice Memory
    The project’s first mission to protect the world’s ice memory will be launched in France on 15 August, in the Mont Blanc massif. Researchers from the CNRS, the IRD and the Université Grenoble Alpes will be extracting ice samples from the Col du Dôme, ultimately for storage in Antarctica.