Neuroscientists at Erasmus MC have discovered a previously unknown connection in the brain of mice. This pathway appears to be highly important for the coordination of fast movements, for example of the eyes. ‘It works exactly the opposite way from what textbooks tell us.’
Erasmus MC scientists, together with international colleagues, have discovered genes that determine what your ears and eyebrows look like. In the future, that knowledge may become applicable in search for the unknown perpetrator in cold cases.
Some pieces of human DNA are tightly wrapped in a jacket of proteins. Intended to turn off genes, was the prevailing idea in science. Rotterdam researchers now uncover a new function of protein packaging in Nature Cell Biology. ‘This is huge.’
Low-income patients improve less with the first specialist mental health treatment compared with those with higher incomes, according to a study by researchers from Rotterdam. This indicates that inequality by income persists throughout the treatment process.
Scientist Cristina Gontan Pardo has a great love for the X chromosome. It is a major source of health disparities between men and women, she believes. And more people should know that. ‘When I ask colleagues whether the cells they are working with are male or female, they often have no idea.’
Researchers at Erasmus MC have developed a method by which they can tell from DNA whether someone is a smoker. In the future, this knowledge may help police to reduce the group of possible suspects in a stalled criminal case.
Erasmus MC will open the world’s first ethics lab for artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare. In this lab, nurses, doctors, data scientists, data engineers and ethicists work together to ensure that artificial intelligence can be employed safely in patient care. ‘Would doctors discontinue treatment because the computer says so?’
With a relatively simple test, urologists may be able to accurately determine in the future which patients will benefit from BCG bladder instillations. This is important because in 40 percent of patients, treatment is not successful, while treatment duration is lengthy and can cause unpleasant side effects.