As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread rapidly, research labs in France and around the world are on a war footing to face this unprecedented crisis. "Research is essential to our nation," reiterated Antoine Petit, Chairman and CEO of the French National Centre for Scientific Research last week.Â "It cannot and must not stop. Now more than ever, we must also provide our fellow citizens with reliable scientific information in these troubled times. We are making every effort to do so."Â
A specialist in the replication of RNA viruses such as coronavirus, CNRS research professor Bruno Canard expresses his views on the CoVID-19 epidemic and the long-term importance of basic research for combatting these viruses more effectively.
Epidemiology is based on models and simulations of contaminations affecting society. During the coronavirusÂ (COVID-19) crisis, citizens are anxiously awaiting and scrutinising each new scientific publication. CNRS News sheds light on these tools that are now hitting the headlines.
â€‹Interview with Josselin Thuilliez, a health economist, on coronavirus. This CNRS scientist works on epidemics and their impact on individual behaviours, healthcare systems and control policies. He is a member of REACTing, a consortium set up to coordinate research on emerging outbreaks.
Mathematics Some key issues remain unresolved over time, eluding even the greatest minds. In honour of Franceâ€™s Year of Mathematics, CNRS News looks at a few of historyâ€™s most famous mathematical conjectures, some of which remain unproven and continue to stimulate research.
Ecology Wolves are increasingly singled out for their impact on livestock. In a recent study however, three researchers advocate a more balanced view, and emphasise that these mammals also have beneficial effects, for instance by controlling deer populations.
nanotechnology Some 90% of the digital information that exists today was created in the past two years! Data is generated at an increasingly fast rate and finding new materials able to capture this expanding digital world while using less energy has become a priority for many research laboratories around the...
Neuroscience French scientists have discovered a metabolic deficit that may be central to the cognitive disorders linked to Alzheimerâ€™s disease. In the longer term, this raises hopes of a potential therapeutic approach designed to delay the onset of symptoms by means of dietary supplementation.