Spiders are invertebrates that always evoke emotions - from fascination to fear and terror. The latest results of Polish arachnology research will be presented at the 5th National Arachnological Conference in Siedlce in September.
"RNA bricks" designed by Prof. Janusz Bujnicki`s team can be assembled into molecules and then used to create new drugs and nanotechnology materials. Computer modelling allows to analyse thousands of chemical compounds and choose those that can destroy bacteria and viruses by acting on RNA.
Polish scientists have described a previously unknown ancestor of mammals from 230 million years ago - eucynodont. The genus, named Polonodon woznikiensis, was identified on the basis of analyses of 22 tiny teeth and a humerus fragment excavated in a clay pit in Woźniki near Częstochowa (Śląskie).
Polish researcher analyses the genomes of thousands of pigs, obtained from an international swine genetics company. She is looking for a gene that will ensure that sows always give birth to the same number of piglets. Knowledge on this subject will allow to maintain balance between farm productivity and the capabilities of animals.