• How synthetic biology could benefit from the social sciences

    Create life? To what end? Is such a goal possible or even desirable? This report details studies being carried out by INRA social scientists that deal with synthetic biology; their research is raising important questions.

  • Scrapie could breach the species barrier

    INRA scientists have shown for the first time that the pathogens responsible for scrapie in small ruminants (prions) have the potential to convert the human prion protein from a healthy state to a pathological state. In mice models reproducing the human species barrier, this prion induces a disease similar to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. These primary results published in Nature Communications on 16 December 2014, stress the necessity to reassess the transmission of this disease to humans.   

  • Progress made in treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy

    Researchers have been able to improve muscle strength in dogs suffering from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, an achievement that opens the door to possible treatments for people with this rare genetic disease.

  • How is nitrogen-fixing symbiosis transmitted in bacteria?

    A new experimental evolution study has shown that rhizobia transmit their symbiotic nitrogen-fixation ability to taxonomically distant bacteria through a horizontal transfer mechanism that is particularly effective. Genes involved in symbiosis are transferred at the same time as genes for evolutionary acceleration, allowing the recipient bacterium to rapidly develop symbiotic properties. Interview with Catherine Masson-Boivin.

27 Jan 2015
Everywhere there is a future... INRA is recruiting.. © @INRA

As from 29 January 2015, INRA is recruiting 30 scientists

In 2015, INRA will be recruiting 30 junior research scientists to reinforce its teams. Applications will be open from 29 January to 2 March 2015 and positions are open to applicants of all nationalities.

24 Nov 2014
LEPSE, Phenodyn platform. © INRA

Plants’ internal clocks remember water stress!

Plants optimize their growth by “remembering” water stress and adjusting root water uptake accordingly. These are the groundbreaking findings of researchers at INRA and the Catholic University of Louvain, thanks to a system of precise measurements of growth in a large number of plants in natural conditions.

06 Jan 2015
Labour, Midi-Pyrénées (Gers).. © @INRA, CATTIAU Gilles

Tillage shows very little impact on carbon sequestration

Reducing or eliminating tillage is one of the farming practices most frequently touted to improve carbon sequestration in soil. A new study by INRA and Arvalis-Institut du Végétal turns this paradigm on its head.

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