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Krijn Paaijmans

Death Penalty for Mosquitoes


Mosquitoes are the biggest killers of humans on this planet. They transmit deadly diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and West Nile virus. And therefore they deserve the death penalty. As swatting all of them would be quite an impossible task, we use insecticides to...

Tom Cole-hunter

Air Pollution: Should I Wear a Mask in the City?

Policy & Global Development

Some of us may have seen (or are ourselves) people wearing face masks when moving through the city. In 2012, US athletes arrived in Beijing for the Olympic Games wearing face-fitted air filtration masks (termed respirators ) to avoid an expected short-term drop in exercise performance...

Laia Segura

Paris Climate Meeting: Would We Be Able to Influence the Negotiations While Being just Observers?

Policy & Global Development

There exists a clear division between COP Participants: either you are a party of the convention (a distinguished delegate from a state that has ratified the mandate of the UNFCCC) or you are an observer, or a media rapporteur. I believe it is worth mentioning that I am from the second group....

Premios Nobel de Fisiología o Medicina 2015

  • Adolfo Martínez

    Mao, Chinese Traditional Medicine and the 2015 Nobel Prize

    Mao Zedong himself ordered the creation of a secret research program called Project 523 with the goal of drawing from traditional Chinese medicine to develop a drug that could be immediately used to combat malaria In the mid-twentieth century, at the height of the Vietnam war, an enemy common...

  • Adolfo Martínez

    The Nobel Prize and the “Morados de Chiapas”

    In 1923, the son of a German coffee-grower that resided in Chiapas developed a mysterious skin disease. He was taken to Germany, to the Institute of Tropical and Naval Research in Hamburg, where he was diagnosed with onchocerciasis. This was the first news on the existence of the disease in...

Quique Bassat

Speeding Towards a World Without Yaws


Yaws (also known as pian ) is one of those rare diseases never mentioned even once in the classrooms of medical schools in this country. As is often the case with tropical diseases, our neglect of yaws is disproportionate to the harm it causes. Worldwide, almost 80 million people are exposed...

Joaquim Ruiz

Have we Forgotten About Basic Science?

Policy & Global Development

Can we say that Mendel’s laws are central to genetics and Chargaff’s rules central to molecular biology? I think we can. I believe that many advances—both scientific and technological—in many areas of knowledge rest on foundations involving those principles. Why differentiate between...

Elisabet Guiral

Avoiding Bacteria is in Your Hands

Antibiotic Resistance

[This article has been jointly written by Jordi Vila, director of ISGlobal's Antibiotic Resistance Initiative and chief of the Clinical Microbiology Department at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, and by Elisabeth Guiral, researcher at ISGlobal] While the title of this...

Mark Nieuwenhuijsen

Diesel or Petrol? Much More Than Just a Simple Question of Emissions

Environmental Health

[This article has been jointly written by David Rojas-Rueda and Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, researchers at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), a centre allied with the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). Both of them will be among the panellists in...

Adelaida Sarukhan

How to Scientifically Dismantle the 4 main Anti-Vaccine Arguments


The anti-vaccine movement gained momentum more than a decade ago with the publication of a study (with 12 children) showing an association between the MMR vaccine and autism. Since then, the paper has been retracted (and its senior author discredited) because of data manipulation, and a dozen...

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