Posts tagged as Latvian scientists

Latvian scientists obtain new purine compounds

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Scientists at Riga Technical University have discovered new methods to acquire purine compounds that could be used in medicine and technology, Latvian Television reported March 11. “Purines are natural substances. In fact, all of us are full of purines. They are “building bricks” for our nucleic acids. The caffeine we use everyday is also purine. There are many different products in nature,” said Māris Turks, dean of the RTU Material Science…

Latvian scientists: Genes impact how likely a person is to get Covid-19

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Latvian researchers have found a human gene that increases the possibility of becoming ill with Covid-19 and having severe symptoms, Professor Jānis Kloviņš from Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre told Latvian Television  March 2. “We studied not only the virus gene, but also human susceptibility to the virus,” he said. And researchers have found a specific variant of the gene that increases the likelihood of a person getting infected with Covid-19. In…

Latvian scientists discover a better way of researching polymers

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Latvian scientists have demonstrated that measurements with certain plastic materials carried out in the world have not been ‘correct’, Latvian Television reported February 18. Wherever we go and whatever we do, we have energy all around us which can be turned into electricity. For example, if we move or rub different objects together, we can obtain very small impulses of power. Andris Šutka, Rīga Technical University scientist, has studied materials of piezoelectric polymers…

Latvian scientists work on unique method of cancer treatment

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Scientists of the Latvian Institute for Organic Synthesis (OSI) work on a unique method for treating cancer – designing special molecules that cause the death of malignant cells, Latvian Television reported February 10. In the future, this method is likely to save the lives of millions of people worldwide. This is one of last year’s most important achievements in science, according to OSI scientists. Although there are currently a large…

COVID-19 was found in Kuldīga’s sewers before outbreak in town

Monday, November 16, 2020

Latvian scientists  found an increased concentration of COVID-19 in wastewaters of Kuldīga five days before an outbreak started in the city, Latvian Television reported November 14. In spring, Latvian scientists managed to  develop a method and demonstrate that the presence of COVID-19 can also be measured in the sewer system. The collection of samples in Kuldīga has shown that such monitoring can be a warning in good time in which city or…

Latvian scientists find traces of COVID-19 in wastewater

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Latvian scientists are developing a new monitoring method that will help determine the transfer of coronavirus in wastewater and the environment, said Riga Technical University (RTU) in a news release on May 19. Scientists have found the presence of the virus in untreated wastewater but the virus was not found in the water after it was purified. Currently, the distribution of coronavirus in the environment, the duration of its survival,…