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Chemical thermometers take temperature at the nanoscale
Researchers from the Coordination Chemistry Laboratory and the Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems, both of the CNRS, have developed molecular films that can measure the operating temperature of electronic components on the nanometre scale. These patented temperature-sensitive molecules are extremely stable, even after being used millions of times, and could soon be deployed in the microelectronics industry. The researchers, including Azzedine Bousseksou, Gábor Molnár and Karl Ridier, report their work in Nature Communications.
Brain abnormalities in Huntington’s disease are detectable in the embryonic stage
Researchers and clinicians from Inserm, Grenoble Alpes University, Sorbonne University, CNRS and AP-HP, the Grenoble Institute of Neurosciences and the Paris Brain Institute, have discovered cerebral anomalies in the brains of human embryos carrying the mutation responsible for Huntington’s, a genetic neurological disease. This work, reported in Science, questions the mechanisms of silent disease progression and when and how to treat patients in the future, say the researchers, including Sandrine Humbert, and Alexandra Durr.
A link between ancient retroviruses and psychoses
A translational study on humans and animals, published in Science Advances, has established a clear link between the presence in the blood of the envelope protein of endogenous human retroviruses, the disruption of synaptic communication and the manifestation of psychotic symptoms. The work is a result of collaboration between member teams from the Fondation FondaMental of the Institut Interdisciplinaire des Neurosciences de Bordeaux, the University of Bordeaux, the CNRS, the Université Paris Est Créteil, Inserm, the Université Grenoble Alpes, GeNeuro and the Université de Lyon.