Kidney transplant could increase the chances of cancer; Research

Kidney transplantResearchers have found that kidney transplant could result in increased chances of cancer.

This study has been conducted by Italian researchers and published online in the European Journal of Cancer.

Researchers in this study worked on 7,217 kidney transplant recipients, in whom the transplantation was done in the years between 1997 and 2007, and followed up until 2009.

Researchers found that 395 patients were diagnosed with de novo cancers including Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS), post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLD), particularly non-Hodgkin’ lymphoma (NHL), lung, kidney and prostate as the most common types.

If we consider the geographical distribution, researchers have reported that the kidney transplant recipients from Southern Italy have decreased chances of kidney cancer and solid tumors while they are at increased risk of Kaposi’s sarcoma as compared to the recipients born in Northern Italy. Read More …

Italian Institute of Technology has checked its HyQ robot outside the lab


Researchers from the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) have checked their headless quadruped robot HyQ for the first time outside the lab. The researchers want to check the HyQ’s new abilities such as to pass through the obstacles without being drowned as they have added some new features to the robot such as arms. Read More …

Faster than light particles are rejected by a team of scientists [update]

ICARUS experiment A team of scientists from Italy have rejected the “faster than light” particle finding.

ICARUS – another experiment at Gran Sasso, which is present under the mountains and operated by Italy’s National Institute of National Physics – have put an argument  that neutrinos energy on arrival have contradicted the readings.

In the study published on the same website as the OPERA results on Saturday ICARUS team have refuted the results of faster than light particles. Read More …

Fernando Ferroni said SuperB is among important projects

Fernando Ferroni
Fernando Ferroni

Fernando Ferroni, particle physicist, took the charge of Italy’s National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) at the end of the last month. He is the member of the Conseil Scientifique of IN2P3.

Ferroni works at Sapienza University of Rome as a professor and has also worked on CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, INFN’s Gran Sasso laboratory and the SLAC National Accelerator laboratory in California. He has more than 700 papers published on refereed journals and has total number of citations greater than 20,000 and h-index of greater than 70. Read More …