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Human "jumping genes" caught in action !

Throughout evolution, the genome of most living beings has become more complex due to transposable elements or "jumping genes", DNA fragments that move or duplicate from one place on a chromosome to another. Researchers from Inserm, CNRS, Université Côte d'Azur and the University of Montpellier were able to capture these "jumping genes" right after they had moved and compared their observations with already existing databases. Their research, soon to be published in Molecular Cell, shows that the integration of "jumping genes" in humans is not random, but could be influenced by certain properties of the genome. These results open up new perspectives in interpreting whole genome sequencing data.

8 million dollars to study wave turbulence

On June 4, 2019, the Simons Foundation of New York announced it was contributing 8 million dollars to a project on wave turbulence. Researchers in mathematics and physics will be involved in this interdisciplinary and international research aimed at understanding and explaining the turbulence of waves. Université Côte d'Azur will be participating in the project with Giorgio Krstulovic, CNRS researcher at the J.L. Lagrange laboratory and Sergey Nazarenko, CNRS senior research at the INPHYNI laboratory.

Cell renewal : differences found between males and females

In organs that are not part of the reproductive system, it is often assumed that there are no significant differences between the sexes. The team of Dr. Andreas Schedl, Inserm senior researcher at the Valrose Biology Institute has highlighted major differences between males and females in the cell renewal of the adrenal gland. Their work published on May 16, 2019 in the Cell Stem Cell journal shows that a population of stem cells that are specific to adult females contribute to this process.

A digital model of the cochlea gives hope to patients with severe deafness

Three teams located on the Côte d'Azur formed a research partnership with the aim of increasing knowledge on the anatomy of the cochlea, the part of the inner ear involved in transmitting sounds. The fruit of this collaboration between the Inria, the Nice University Hospital Center/Université Côte d'Azur and Oticon Medical was a reconstructed 3D model of the cochlea that was used for the first time in cochlear implant surgery.

Université Côte d'Azur selected to set up an Interdisciplinary Institute for Artificial Intelligence

The 3IA Côte d'Azur project to create an Interdisciplinary Institute for Artificial Intelligence (3IA), led by Université Côte d'Azur, the CNRS and Inria was selected by the international jury on April 24 as part of the national program for artificial intelligence.

Yukin Therapeutics, a biotech start-up and offshoot of the Université Côte d'Azur's research, fights cancers

The teams of Thierry Passeron and Rachid Benhida have developed a new therapeutic strategy to boost the effectiveness of immunotherapy in fighting certain types of cancers. This major innovation is protected by two patents, owned jointly by the Université Côte d'Azur, the Inserm, the CNRS and the Nice University Hospital Center, which were recently granted by SATT Sud-Est (a Technology Transfer Accelerator in South-East France) to the young pharmaceutical start-up Yukin Therapeutics.

Human "jumping genes" caught in action !
8 million dollars to study wave turbulence
Cell renewal : differences found between males and females
A digital model of the cochlea gives hope to patients with severe deafness
Université Côte d'Azur selected to set up an Interdisciplinary Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Yukin Therapeutics, a biotech start-up and offshoot of the Université Côte d'Azur's research, fights cancers