People with the most common congenital heart disease lose many years of life expectancy
Intestinal transit time and microbial community may cause differences in weight gain
New CRISPR technology can determine whether genetic mutations are pathogenic or benign
Battle of the sex chromosomes in sperm may be key to understanding declining global fertility
After defeating COVID-19 at lightspeed: “We will revolutionise medicine – in just 5 years”
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Disease and treatment
Biomedical and health science research is currently a key topic. Combining basic and clinical research contributes to developing new drugs and therapies that make people healthier and improves their quality of life.
Environment and sustainability
Given the increasing global environmental challenges, life science research focuses on the aspects of sustainability that can potentially be translated into biotechnological solutions that benefit people and the environment.
Diet and lifestyle
The human body harbours many molecular explanations for why some people become overweight. Solving the growing problems of metabolic diseases and diabetes requires more knowledge on the influence of what we eat and our lifestyles.
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Breakthroughs in the natural and technical sciences lead to many discoveries that improve people’s lives. Cross-disciplinarity and collaboration between basic researchers and companies especially create advances in health and sustainable biotechnology.
After defeating COVID-19 at lightspeed: “We will revolutionise medicine – in 5 years”
When the world was locked down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a miracle was needed to reopen it. Vaccine researchers around the world dropped what they were doing to join the collective race against the new virus. The first to reach the finish line was considered a real outsider: the mRNA vaccine. However, many people do not know that the work on mRNA as a new drug class started decades ago. The four recipients of the 2022 Novo Nordisk Prize tell the story behind the development: the failures, the persistence and the distrust in the technology they are now certain will also revolutionise the approach to treating many otherwise severe diseases.
Specially developed algorithm will help to prevent the transmission of malaria in Tanzania
Obesity – people’s own fault or something they cannot change?
Obesity is one of the greatest burdens for health systems because it leads to cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Research shows that both genetics and environment influence people’s weight, but obesity is not classified as a disease because most people still believe that overweight is self-inflicted. Experts believe that categorizing obesity as a disease may be the key to tackling the crisis, whereas others believe that medicalizing obesity removes responsibility from people who are overweight