Fundamental Research Division
The DRF at the CEA assemble approximately 6,000 scientists since January 2016.
Following the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, in 2011, the Japanese authorities decided to carry out major decontamination works in the affected area. The EGU is publishing a synthesis of approximately sixty scientific publications that together provide an overview of the decontamination strategies used and their effectiveness.
Teams from CHU Dijon-Bourgogne, Inserm and the CEA have just produced genome analysis results for very sick newborn babies in neonatal intensive care, shortening the analysis time to 38 days compared to an average of 18 months at present.
A Franco-Indian collaboration has identified an important mechanism involved in the transmission of antibiotic resistance, which is the principal cause of the failure of therapies aiming to eradicate Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that infects half the world’s population.
After winding, the seventh and last coil of FRESCA2 left Saclay in June 2019 in its reaction mould, putting an end to Irfu's activity on this project, which began in 2009 in collaboration with CERN. This type 3-4 coil is a spare coil, which, after reaction, instrumentation and impregnation at CERN, will join its type 1-2 sister on CERN shelves.
According to an international study involving the LSCE, a reversal in the trend of terrestrial wind potential was observed in 2010. Its correlation with well-identified climatic mechanisms suggests the potential to optimize wind generation throughout the lifetime of facilities.
New results from the Tara Oceans expedition, led by a collaboration between the Tara Ocean Foundation and teams from the CNRS, EMBL, CEA, Sorbonne Université and Université Paris Science Lettres between 2009 and 2013 show that the diversity and functions of planktonic species in the global ocean change dramatically according to latitude.
‘First light’ for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI): as the installation phase nears completion, this new instrument is due to undergo final tests before starting to create a giant map of the sky in early 2020.
A CEA-Jacob team has just published a paper in which it demonstrates the central role of the transcription factor KLF4 in regulating the proliferation of epidermal stem cells and their ability to regenerate this tissue. This study opens perspectives for regenerative skin medicine.
New neurons appear inside the tumor microenvironment, contributing to the cancer’s development. These nerve cells stem from progenitors coming from the brain via the blood flow. This astounding discovery opens up a new research field regarding the role of the nervous system in cancer development, as well as the interactions between the vascular, immune and nervous systems with the tumorigenesis.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.