The Marseille IHU implicated in irregular clinical trials against tuberculosis

View of the IHU in Marseille, June 14, 2021. NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP This is a new element in the already heavy file of the University Hospital Institute (IHU) of Marseille. For several years, the IHU has been carrying out, under the direction of the controversial professor Didier Raoult, irregular clinical trials on treatments for … Read more

The secrets of the exceptional Roman vase discovered in Autun

The “diatrete” vase, discovered by Inrap archaeologists on the site of the necropolis of Saint-Pierre-l’Estrier, in Autun (Saône-et-Loire). HAMID AZMOUN On November 13, 2020, during the presentation by videoconference – second confinement obliges – of archaeological excavations carried out in Autun (Saône-et-Loire), we only had eyes for her: a cut of extreme refinement, with raised … Read more

The skeleton of “Big John”, the largest known triceratops, sold for 6.6 million euros, a record

The “Big John” skeleton is 60% complete. FRANCOIS MORI / AP The skeleton of “Big John”, an eight-meter-long triceratops, was auctioned Thursday, October 21 in Paris at 6.6 million euros (including costs) to an American individual. This is a record in Europe for the sale of a dinosaur fossil. 66 million years old, “Big John” … Read more

The Vikings were in America exactly a thousand years ago

Reconstruction of a Viking habitat near the Anse aux Meadows site (Newfoundland, Canada). GLENN NAGEL PHOTOGRAPHY Let’s start, once is not custom, with information sixty years old but which, although capital, may still have escaped some: Christopher Columbus is not the first European to have set foot in America. About half a millennium before the … Read more

A messenger hidden in RNA

RNA (ribonucleic acid) molecules, illustration. NOBEASTSOFIERCE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Flames. How many genes are there in a human genome? After twenty years of intensive genome annotations, the various databases agree, to within a few thousand, in counting around 20,000 human genes encoding proteins… and as many so-called “non-coding” genes. The difference between “coding” and … Read more

Physical activity is good for our brain too

A participant of the Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc, near Chamonix (Haute-Savoie), in September 2018. JEFF PACHOUD / AFP Ten thousand steps and more. “Each time, after fifteen or twenty minutes of racing, I have the impression that I can see more clearly in my head”, says this colleague who jogs three times a week. Over … Read more

Dead stars can keep planets around them

View of a giant gas planet similar to Jupiter, orbiting a white dwarf. W. M. KECK OBSERVATORY/ADAM MAKARENKO We will not make the analogy with these dogs who, after the death of their master or their mistress, remain faithful to them and go to lie down on their grave, but there is a little of … Read more

disappointment for two potential pharmacological treatments

YASMINE CAKE The preliminary results were, however, encouraging. But it is indeed by failures that have just ended several clinical trials evaluating the effectiveness of two molecules, oxytocin and bumetanide, to improve the symptoms of children and adolescents suffering from autism spectrum disorders. For the time being, no specific drug treatment exists for this neurodevelopmental … Read more

Study measures effects of confinement on the brain

Localization of an area of ​​the brain showing a decrease in activity related to confinement. UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF MARSEILLE The fifty-five days of confinement that France experienced from March 17 to May 10, 2020 had a negative effect on our brains. A phenomenon “Expected”, “ reversible “, but above all « unrelated to the much … Read more