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Dental plaque proteins confirm that exotic foods reached the Mediterranean almost 4,000 years ago

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Domingo C. Salazar, researcher of excellence of the Valencia region at the University of Valencia, is one of the signees of a study published in journal PNAS, which shows that the long-distance trade of exotic foods such as turmeric or bananas reached the Mediterranean around 3,700 years ago, much before it was originally thought. The study of ancient proteins preserved in human plaque reveals that oriental elements and cooking oils were already used back in that era. Read More

Researchers develop high-sensitivity system to detect SARS-CoV-2 in the air

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Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), in collaboration with specialists from the University of Valencia (UV), have come up with a new system based on a high-sensitivity mass biosensor that continuously monitors signals for the direct detection of SARS-CoV-2 in environmental aerosols. The device, in prototype phase, makes it possible to assess the quality of the air and allows an early detection of the virus in inside spaces such as homes, classrooms, restaurants, cinemas or means of transportation. Read More

Researchers publish study on health effects and citizen resistance during the lockdown

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The University of Alicante Public Health Research Group has just published the results of a study on the challenges of COVID-19 in Alicante; its effects on health and citizen resistance during confinement. The study was carried out during the 40-day period of home lockdown in the province of Alicante (from 15 March to 21 June). There, health conditions, compliance with lockdown rules, and health care and public health measures for the population of the province of Alicante were assessed. Read More

New gene family of antimicrobial proteins discovered in German cockroaches

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Researchers from The Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (I2SysBio, a joint centre of the University of Valencia and the CSIC), have discovered a new gene family of antimicrobial peptides (small proteins) –the Blattellicins– in a German cockroach (Blattella germanica). The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, may help to understand how these insects can live in unsanitary environments and defend themselves against the fungal and bacterial pathogens they may encounter, thereby avoiding killing the different types of beneficial symbiotic organisms that they harbour. Read More