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Alma Dal Co wears a blue shirt and red necklace and uses a pointer to examine a component of a laboratory machine.
Microbial Ecologist Alma Dal Co Dies in Diving Accident
At 33, Dal Co had already founded her own microbial ecology lab at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.
Microbial Ecologist Alma Dal Co Dies in Diving Accident
Microbial Ecologist Alma Dal Co Dies in Diving Accident

At 33, Dal Co had already founded her own microbial ecology lab at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

At 33, Dal Co had already founded her own microbial ecology lab at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland.

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A drawing portraying the black silhouette of Pompeii buildings with Mount Vesuvius and the sky behind them
First Human Genome Sequenced from Ancient Pompeii
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | May 26, 2022 | 4 min read
The genome is from a male who was likely in his late thirties when the historic Mount Vesuvius eruption occurred. The analyses suggest he is related to the diverse Imperial Roman population of the time, and that he may have suffered from spinal tuberculosis.
Action at a Distance, Circa Early 1950s
Diana Kwon | Dec 1, 2020 | 3 min read
Neuroscientist Rita Levi-Montalcini began her Nobel Prize–winning work in a makeshift laboratory in Italy during the Second World War.
Italian Institute Revokes Appointment of Cancer Researcher
Catherine Offord | Jul 7, 2020 | 2 min read
Pier Paolo Pandolfi left Harvard University last year following allegations of sexual harassment, and has since been accused of research misconduct.
Italy Closes All Schools for Two Weeks as Coronavirus Spreads
Amy Schleunes | Mar 4, 2020 | 2 min read
China and Japan have also closed their schools, prompting universities worldwide to assess the threat this virus poses to their local and international communities.
two pages of the En Tibi herbarium, showing two dried plants
A Smiling Garden, 1558
Ashley Yeager | Mar 1, 2020 | 3 min read
An analysis of the En Tibi herbarium’s plants and handwriting has given clues to the identity of its maker.
Italy to Launch National Agency for Research
Jef Akst | Nov 13, 2019 | 2 min read
The country’s new government appears to have heard the call from academics for an independent body to distribute federal research funds.
Bacillus
Could Manipulating the Microbiome of Artworks Prevent Their Decay?
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2019 | 4 min read
Treating the microbial community residing on a painting with probiotics may offer a way to stave off biodegradation, a study suggests.
Image of the Day: Pompeiian Horse
The Scientist Staff and The Scientist Staff | May 24, 2018 | 1 min read
Archaeologists unearthed the remains in a farm north of the doomed Italian city.
Researchers Accused of Spreading Disease
Bob Grant | Dec 21, 2015 | 2 min read
Italian scientists are under investigation for allegedly worsening the transmission of a pathogen that is decimating olive groves in Puglia.
Seismologists Cleared of Manslaughter
Kerry Grens | Nov 11, 2014 | 1 min read
Six Italian earthquake advisors, charged with manslaughter for not sounding the alarm on a 2009 temblor, had their convictions overturned.
Stem Cell Trial Axed—Again
Kerry Grens | Oct 7, 2014 | 1 min read
Second review of a controversial stem cell trial in Italy has reached the same conclusion: it’s a no-go.
Italian Stem Cell Trial Stopped
Kerry Grens | Oct 11, 2013 | 1 min read
With support from scientists, Italy’s health minister halts a controversial clinical trial.
Italian Stem Cell Controversy
Chris Palmer | Jul 16, 2013 | 2 min read
Italian government officials and scientists clashed last week with a controversial stem cell researcher over details of an upcoming clinical trial.
Dodgy Data Underpin Stem Cell Trial
Kate Yandell | Jul 3, 2013 | 2 min read
The patent application behind a controversial Italian treatment for neurodegenerative disease may contain duplicated images.
Defending Animal Research
Kate Yandell | Jun 4, 2013 | 1 min read
Italian students and scientists rallied in Milan in support of using animals for science.
Italy Orders Trials of Unproven Therapy
Dan Cossins | May 23, 2013 | 2 min read
Italian lawmakers have demanded formal approval for a controversial stem-cell therapy, but allowed some patients to continue treatment under stricter rules.
Italian Science Facility Up in Smoke
Bob Grant | Mar 7, 2013 | 2 min read
In Naples, a complex that housed an interactive science museum, a business incubator, and conference facilities burnt to the ground this week.
Italian Scientists Protest Evaluations
Dan Cossins | Dec 17, 2012 | 2 min read
A scheme introduced by the Italian government to evaluate the country’s researchers and universities has come under fire from critics who say the criteria are too crude.
Italian Earthquake Researchers Jailed
Bob Grant | Oct 22, 2012 | 1 min read
Seven people, including four scientists, are sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for failing to adequately assess the earthquake risk prior to a deadly 2009 quake.
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