All you need to know about coronavirus

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Polish physicist awarded with the ICO Prize

The International Optics Commission (ICO) has presented prestigious awards for the 36th time. The distinction is awarded annually to researchers who have made a noteworthy contribution to optics. ICO is supported by the Polish Academy of Sciences.

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Water stress discussed at the 2020 Economic Forum

Water becomes scarce resource even in regions where there seems to be an abundance of water. Scientists and policymakers have met on this year’s Economic Forum, held in Karpacz, to discuss how to prevent water shortages. Prof. Paweł Rowiński, vice-president of the Polish Academy of Sciences, was one of the invited speakers.

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Oldest ever Neanderthal remains found in Central-Eastern Europe

In recently published Scientific Reports, prestigious Nature Research journal, archaeologists prove that the remains of a Neanderthal discovered in the Stajnia Cave (Silesia) may date back as far as 116,000 years. One of members of the international researcher team was Prof. Adam Nadachowski from the PAS Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals.

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PAS musicologist elected to Academia Europaea

Professor Paweł Gancarczyk from the PAS Institute of Art has been elected a new member of the prestigious scientific organization – Academia Europaea. This creates a good opportunity for world-wide promotion of Polish musicological research.

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Bacteriophages in the fight against coronavirus

At least 15% of COVID-19 patients suffer from severe form of the disease. We need an efficient therapeutic response to COVID-19 pandemic to save hundreds of thousands of people affected by the novel coronavirus. According to Prof. Andrzej Górski from the PAS Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy in Wrocław, phage therapy might be an effective method of treatment.

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Save weeds, but be smart!

Wild plants, commonly referred to as weeds, are the most threatened plant group. "Let’s protect native plants, thus preserving biodiversity, which is crucial for the functioning of the ecosystem, insects, animals and finally, ourselves" – appeals Prof. Arkadiusz Nowak from the PAS Botanical Garden. "However, we should remember that not all weeds deserve protection," he adds.

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In Poland, we have a genetic mix of many types of coronavirus

We know all this thanks to scientists from the PAS Institute of Human Genetics. They were the first to examine all genomes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus present in Poland. Researchers also observed a significant dominance of one type of coronavirus sequences compared to other European countries.

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COVID-19 mass testing possible thanks to scientists from the Nencki Institute

Only one test, and we examine 10 people. This is possible thanks to the procedures developed at the PAS Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw. The method saves time and money and it gives a chance to test all Poles for the presence of SARS-CoV-2. We asked Prof. Agnieszka Dobrzyń, head of the project, how to implement pooled PCR testing?

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Pandemic denial is shameful and unethical

In recent days, we have seen an increase in confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection. ItIn recent days, we have seen an increase in confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Itcan be expected that the consequence of this will be growing numbers of patients with severeCOVID-19 requiring hospital or ICU treatment.

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Check if you have had COVID-19 and help scientists understand the virus

Beginning this week you can get a free coronavirus test in Poznań and at the same time make your contribution to an important study. The PAS Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry wants to determine how many people in Poland tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms, and what genetic factors affect the course of the disease.

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A new method for tackling toxic air pollution

Researchers from the PAS Institute of Physical Chemistry have developed a cheap and effective chemical compound capable of purifying the air from various toxins. The invention can potentially be applied to produce air filters for industrial plants, as well as gas masks or protective suits for factory workers exposed to toxic vapors.

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Looking inside cells possible thanks to innovative dyes

They emit strong red light and facilitate the study of the finest cellular structures. New, stable fluorescent dyes were developed by scientists from the PAS Institute of Organic Chemistry. They provide an opportunity to investigate, for example, proteins associated with Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease.

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