Spliceosome: how the right information is propagated in cells

Press release 01/06/2020

A new study of the Istituto Officina dei Materiali (Iom) of the National Research Council of Italy, in association with International School for Advanced Studies (Siss) sheds light on how the spliceosome works. It is a complex cellular system, composed of proteins and RNA, responsible for a “cutting and sewing” process with which protein synthesis is carried out. Defects in its functioning are involved in more than 200 diseases. The study has recently been published on the Journal of the American Chemical Society, which also dedicated the cover to it

The crowdfunding initiative for the Project FarmaCovid is now online

News 29/05//2020

The campaign is organized by the Italian association “Semi di Scienza” for the project carried on jointly by the Institute of biophysics of the National Research Council of Italy (Cnr-Ibf) and the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Icgeb), aimed at identifying a drug effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus 

Italy is ready to launch the nanosatellite ALPHA

News 02/06/2020

ALPHA is a collaborative mission led by ARCA Dynamics, an Italian innovative start-up, in partnership with NPC Spacemind, H4 Research, GP Advanced Projects and the National Research Council (Cnr)

Cnr-Spin and Covid-19

Institutional area

The Cnr-Spin Institute launched a website aimed at understanding the current pandemic and providing support to scientists, policy makers and society at its large, by comparing and interpreting publicly available data with an original approach

Beyond Graphene

News 18/05/2020

An international team of scientists located in Canada and the SAMOS laboratory of the Istituto di Struttura della Materia (Cnr), led by Giorgio Contini, demonstrate, in a recent publication on Nature Materials, that the synthesis of two-dimensional π-conjugated polymers with topological Dirac cone and flats bands became a reality allowing a sneak peek into the world of organic topological materials

International WebConference - cultural heritage challenges climate change

Event 23/06/2020

The Interreg Project "ProteCHt2save" aims at supporting policy and decision makers in the short and long term management of cultural heritage at risk in Central Europe. This web conference, co-organised by Cnr-Isac, is the final event of the project

The Loggia of Cupid and Psyche

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The Visual Computing Lab of Cnr-Isti developed an interactive web system to explore the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche, frescoed by Raffaello Sanzio, and other paintings of  Villa Farnesina (Rome). The system allows to immerse in the paintings, examining and discovering -both from an historical, artistic and scientific point of view- the 170 species of the vegetal festoons, and the 50 animal species represented in the vault 

From society to research

Institutional Area

Foresight is a interdepartmental project of the National Research Council of Italy, aimed at elaborating coherent research strategies and addressing socially relevant problems related to environment, health, food, enery, security and transportation

The cellular snip and stitch: knowing the splicing mechanism in order to cure complex diseases

Press release 12/05/2020

A new step towards understanding the splicing mechanism, "snip and stitch ", by which cells convert genetic information into a form suitable for protein synthesis. The study published in ACS Catalysis by Istituto Officina dei Materiali (Iom) of the National Research Council (Cnr) in collaboration with the National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia, explains for the first time how the second phase of the chemical mechanism of splicing occurs. This knowledge is needed to find possible treatments for diseases related to incorrect splicing, such as leukaemias and other types of cancer


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Cnr-Isa is amongst the research partners of 'Stance4Health', a project funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 with tha aim of developing a complete Smart Personalized Nutrition (SPN) service based on the use of mobile technologies as well as tailored food production that will optimize the gut microbiota activity and long-term consumer engagement

Technology transfer office

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Technology transfer represents the Cnr’s second mission, after the scientific research. Cnr-TTO is responsible for all the activities related to TT, namely protection of research results, IPR management and exploitation, promotion and support for spin-off creation, marketing and promotion of research results

The Bluemed italian paper

Institutional area

An overview of relevance, obstacles  and proposals of the key sectors for a blue growth, issued by the Cnr Bluemed Working Group