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‘Proxima b’ and the (small) human component of a career in science

Guillem Anglada-Escudé's picture

The discovery of a planet with some features similar to Earth has surprised many. The human story behind this breakthrough however is less known. For instance, that the team which has made the discovery is as multinational as it is precarious. As opposed to what happens in other professional careers, surviving in the scientific field nowadays is a savage task. A clear example of this is that each researcher who has a ‘position’ usually supervises and produces one new PhD student per year, on average.

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Barcelona: a strategic hub in the fight against cancer

Joan Massagué's picture

Convergence of several disciplines to serve health

Cancer is a major health concern in developed countries. Cancer is a pathology that encompasses more than 200 types of illness, each often different from the rest. In addition to this complexity, cancer cells have the capacity to spread throughout the body, a process known as metastasis by which they colonise vital organs and even prevent their correct function.

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Fighting Alzheimer’s - a worldwide priority

Jordi Camí's picture

The extraordinary increase of life expectancy in developed countries is provoking a universally demographic aging process triggered by the 20th century’s technological and scientific progresses and the adoption of a healthier lifestyle in wealthy societies. Along this process, certain illnesses, disabilities and functional limitations have been confined to older ages. Noteworthy, neurodegenerative illnesses remain as an exception to the statement above.

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