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23 October 2020

Studies at Vilnius University Will Be Carried out Remotely for Four Weeks

From October 26 until November 21 study activities at Vilnius University (VU) will be carried out remotely. According to VU Rector Rimvydas Petrauskas, the exception would apply only to laboratory...

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23 October 2020

“The Constitution Cup” Was Awarded During the Constitution Days at VU Faculty of Law

This week Vilnius University (VU) Faculty of Law commemorates the Constitution Days (Kodi’2020) at the initiative of the VU Student Representation of the Faculty of Law (VU SA TF). During...

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22 October 2020

VU Virologist Laura Kalinienė About Coronavirus: We Have More Questions Than Answers

With coronavirus cases rapidly growing, the need for new information about this virus has become increasingly relevant. Immunologists have been constantly reviewing the situation; a new vaccine is being created...

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20 October 2020

Arqus Holds its Second Academic Debate Focusing on the Upcoming US Presidential Elections

The US Presidential Elections: a Battle for Global? Supremacy29th OCT 2020 at 19:00 CET on the Arqus YouTube channel “America is fulfilling our destiny as peacemaker, but it is peace through...

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VU Professor Invited to the World's Elite Scholars' Organization

Siksnys EdgarasVirginijus Šikšnys, VU professor – the first Lithuanian scientist invited to join the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) as an Associate Member. Outstanding European and world scholars of exceptional life time achievements may be associated to this prestigious organization.

 

On May 23, V. Šikšnys, the professor of VU Biotechnology Institute was elected as EMBO Associate together with other 7 world teams from Harvard Medical School, Peking University, the Genome Institute of Singapore, and other top-level education institutions.

Professor V. Šikšnys explores the CRISPR system, which allows a precise cut of a desired DNA sequence of various organisms and thus correct the errors caused by wrong genes. His discovery opens the way for a revolution in medicine and agriculture. This year professor V. Šikšnys together with other four world scientists was awarded with the prestigious Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, established by the Harvard University.

VU Rector Artūras Žukauskas admits that this high international rating of the Lithuanian professor is of great significance to the whole country, it demonstrates the global recognition of the VU scholars. According to VU Rector life sciences research is precisely the area where the university is highly successful in applying inventions in industry and business. The University contributes significantly to the development of high-value-added products and facilitates Lithuanian economy based on intellectual resources.

8 scholars from China, Japan, Singapore, the United States and Lithuania are elected as EMBO Associates. They carry on their researches in leading education institutions, such as Harvard Medical School, Genome Institute of Singapore, Harvard and Peking universities. As of 1964, 84 members of the organization were awarded with the Nobel Prize. It is highly expected that the above mentioned CRISPR technology may be awarded a Nobel Prize this year.

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