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A fixed point is a point that does not move when subjected to a given transformation. Theorems guaranteeing the existence of such points have a wide application not only in mathematics, but also in economics or in Google's search engine. Such a new theorem has recently been discovered: every isometry has a fixed point when viewed in an extended space.

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Natural products might just be our best weapon against antibiotic resistance

Nature has always been an interesting source of chemical diversity for the search of molecules of therapeutic interest. Here we showed how large plant extract libraries can be transformed into a chemical library. This library could then be efficiently used to isolate molecules of unreported bioactivity to advance our knowledge on disease treatments.

Apr 3, 2024 | 3.5 min read
Keeping the balance: How epigenetics monitors cancer genes

Epigenetic regulation consists in chemical modifications on the proteins that organize DNA. Here, we show how it increases gene copies and rearranges the MLL gene, which associates with infant, adult, and therapy-associated leukemia. These findings show how chemotherapy-induced MLL changes occur and provide a therapeutic way to prevent them.

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Chemotherapy and heart failure

Patients with a diagnosis of breast cancer or lymphoma who received chemotherapy treatment might be at risk of long-term side effects. We evaluated the association between a type of chemotherapy, called anthracyclines, and the risk of developing heart failure in patients with cancer. In this study, patients treated with anthracycline were more likely to have heart failure compared to controls.

Mar 25, 2024 | 2.5 min read
Distance-preserving moves always keep a point fixed

A fixed point is a point that does not move when subjected to a given transformation. Theorems guaranteeing the existence of such points have a wide application not only in mathematics, but also in economics or in Google's search engine. Such a new theorem has recently been discovered: every isometry has a fixed point when viewed in an extended space.

May 18, 2024 | 4 min read
An Emerging Era: Wearable Breast Ultrasonography at Home

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May 10, 2024 | 3.5 min read
A resonance triggers chemical reactions between the coldest molecules

The rich energy structure of ultracold molecules (at -459 °F or -273 °C),  gives rise to collisional dynamics where the state-of-the-art models are inadequate for describing collisional resonances. We have discovered a pronounced magnetically tuned resonance in collisions between two NaLi molecules, which enhances the chemical reaction rate by more than a factor of a hundred.

Apr 5, 2024 | 3 min read