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Prion Protein Protects against Epilepsy

In the most systematic and rigorous study conducted thus far in its field, the Prion Protein ( PrPC ) was clearly shown to play a role in preventing the onset of epileptic seizures. PrPC is perhaps best known in its "degenerate" form, the prion, and an infectious agent behind dangerous neurodegenerative diseases such as Mad Cow Disease. SISSA contributed to the study, which was published in the journal Scientific Reports (Nature group).

The Artificial Enzyme that “Acts” Natural

Certain genetic diseases arise from a deficit of specific genes. An enzyme that amplifies gene transcription could be a viable therapy in these cases, as long as genes are not stimulated to work on the wrong part of the body. SISSA scientists have created synthetic "intelligent" enzymes which are able to differentiate between active and inactive genes and selectively stimulate the former ones.

Superslippery islands (but then they get stuck)

It’s possible to vary (even dramatically) the sliding properties of atoms on a surface by changing the size and “compression” of their aggregates: an experimental and theoretical study conducted with the collaboration of SISSA, the Istituto Officina dei Materiali of the CNR (Iom-Cnr-Democritos), ICTP in Trieste, the University of Padua, the University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, and the Istituto Nanoscienze of the CNR (Nano-Cnr) in Modena, has just been published in Nature Nanotechnology.

One molecule at the time

June 25, 2015, 11 am

SISSA, “P. Budinich” Main Lecture Hall

The Peruvian-born biophysicist Carlos Bustamante has been awarded an honorary PhD by SISSA in Trieste for his innovative research and important contribution to our knowledge of the workings of biological systems through the development of molecular level investigation techniques. The ceremony will be held on 25 June at 11.00 am in the “P. Budinich” Main Lecture Hall of SISSA.

MCS sempre al top, anche per l’occupazione

In contemporanea con la pubblicazione dei dati sull’occupazione del Master in Comunicazione della Scienza “Franco Prattico” della SISSA di Trieste, si aprono le iscrizioni al nuovo anno accademico 2015-2016. In oltre vent’anni dalla fondazione, questa scuola continua a essere la migliore nel suo campo nel nostro paese, come testimonia l’output occupazionale, che vede oggi un’altissima percentuale di ex-studenti lavorare nel campo della comunicazione della scienza in Italia a all’estero.

Endless oscillations

According to classical physics, the universe tends to equilibrium but the same does not apply to quantum systems, which are destined to shift constantly between different configurations without ever finding peace. A theoretical study conducted by SISSA and the University of Oxford illustrates this dramatic difference and explains that in order to be described correctly one-dimensional quantum systems should be thought of as being defined on discrete points in space.