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In total there are 165 English news articles.

12 September 2013
The development of a method to predict protection of a vaccine against HIV

The development of a method to predict protection of a vaccine against HIV


Unfortunately, to date, it is impossible to predict the efficacy of an experimental vaccine against HIV. Animal models play an important role in the development of an anti-HIV vaccine. These models are not only important for testing the efficacy of vaccine candidates, but also provide the opportunity to explore the mechanism of protection against disease.

16 August 2013
Professor Bontrop is Raine Visiting Professor at the University of Western Australia

Professor Bontrop is Raine Visiting Professor at the University of Western Australia


Prof. Dr. Ronald Bontrop, general and scientific director of the BPRC, has been invited as Raine Visiting Professor at the University of Western Australia.

11 July 2013
The genetic history of great apes

The genetic history of great apes


Until now, little was known about the genetic variation within the great apes, due to the difficulty in obtaining samples from apes. An international group of more than 75 researchers, including BPRC staff, and conservationists have joined efforts to make a comprehensive analysis of the genetic background of these animals at the population level.

19 June 2013
Chimpanzees and HIV; what does it teach us regarding the HIV-pandemic in humans?

Chimpanzees and HIV; what does it teach us regarding the HIV-pandemic in humans?


Most probably in the distant past a precursor of the HIV virus has caused high mortality among chimpanzees. Only chimpanzees with an immune system that could control the virus survived. The current chimpanzee population is descended from these ‘survivors’. Their immune system is specialized to efficiently control this type of viruses. This is in contrast to the situation in humans, where an infection with HIV almost always will cause AIDS.

13 May 2013
Curative and preventive therapies and the primate debate

Curative and preventive therapies and the primate debate


The discussion on the use of primates in biomedical research and the importance of ensuring optimal animal welfare is discussed in Public Service Review ((European Science & Technology) 17 and in Science Omega Review Europe, issue 1.

11 April 2013
A plant derived compound can mitigate Parkinson’s disease in a marmoset model

A plant derived compound can mitigate Parkinson’s disease in a marmoset model


Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the central nerve system, due to a progressive loss of a specific type of nerve cells (dopamine neurons) that govern the control of movement. This situation can be mimiced in marmosets, offering the opportunity to explore new treatments for this widespread disease.

21 March 2013
A promising new drug against malaria

A promising new drug against malaria


To date, there are only a handful of drugs available against malaria. Moreover, resistance to these drugs is rapidly emerging and new drugs are therefore urgently needed. Recent research has identified a promising new class of anti-malarial compounds.

20 March 2013
New ways to target the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

New ways to target the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)


In HIV infected humans, antibodies have been identified that can prevent infection in cell cultures by binding to an essential region close to the membrane of the virus. While it is highly attractive to include this part of the virus in an anti-HIV/AIDS vaccine, previous attempts to obtain similar immune responses by immunization have failed. Using llamas and a special delivery vehicle, researchers have now found ways to solve this problem.

7 March 2013
Multiple Instances of Ancient Balancing Selection Shared Between Humans and Chimpanzees

Multiple Instances of Ancient Balancing Selection Shared Between Humans and Chimpanzees


Investigations into the total DNA (genome) of humans and animals can explain the importance of different regions of the DNA and the underlying selection pressure. A comparison of the chimpanzee and human genome has given new insights with regards to their ancestors.

7 March 2013
BPRC article recommended by F1000

BPRC article recommended by F1000


F1000 is a website for which a selected group of expert scientists, highly respected in their chosen fields can recommend scientific articles of high quality. Recently, on this website, work performed at the BPRC and described in the article ‘Transgenic Fluorescent Plasmodium cynomolgi Liver Stages Enable Live Imaging and Purification of MalariaHypnozoite-Forms, Plos One, 2013, has been identified by F1000 as being of special significance in its field.

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