Navigation Links
Biotech scientists team with curators to stem decay of world's art, cultural heritage
Date:2/8/2009

The growing relationship between scientists and curators is the focus of a 4-day, UN-affiliated international conference in Caracas designed to promote innovative ways to stem the decay of some of humanity's greatest art and cultural treasures.

"With the world financial crisis and the advent of climate change effects, there is a state of emergency at the museums of several tropical countries: entire collections are compromised," says Alvaro Gonzalez, a researcher at the Caracas-based Institute of Advanced Studies (IDEA) and Director of Venezuela's Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, the host of the event.

Says Jose-Luis Ramirez, Director of the United Nations University's Programme for Biotechnology for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNU-BIOLAC), an event sponsor: "The normal concern about single artifacts is no longer paramount. Storing and protecting entire collections safely has become a priority and scientists have a key role: developing techniques and procedures that are fundamental to heritage conservation."

Many of the world's cultural treasures are creations made of organic materials such as paper, canvas, wood and leather which, in prolonged warmth and dampness, attract mold, micro-organisms and insects, causing decay and disintegration.

New biotechnology techniques to be described include the use of micro-organisms to remove fungus and other problems on artwork, photos, documents, masonry and more.

Prof. Giancarlo Ranalli, of the Universit degli Studi del Molise in Pesche, Italy, for example, will describe his successful use of micro-organisms instead of chemicals to remove alterations black crusts, nitrates, sulphates and other alterations from masonry, as well as unwanted animal glue from important painted frescos in Pisa and elsewhere in Italy subjected to well-intentioned but ill-advised restoration and preservation attempts in the 1980s.

His masonry restoration work has including the
'/>"/>

Contact: Terry Collins
terrycollins@rogers.com
416-538-8712
United Nations University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on the trend toward predictive toxicogenomics
2. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on growing role of molecular diagnostics
3. CU-Boulder, biotech firm team up on python project in search for human cardiac therapeutics
4. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on novel hit-to-lead drug discovery
5. Biotechnology key to developing sustainable industries says international panel
6. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on growing use of cell-based assays
7. Food biotechnology: real world challenges
8. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on cancer biomarkers
9. Biotechnology needs 21st century patent system: Expert
10. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News reports on advances in miRNA
11. Oncolytics Biotech, Inc. announces publication of research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/19/2014)... Oklahoma biology professor will study the unique bioelectric signaling ... eventually benefit people,s health. The OU researcher is ... required to produce the signals used to map the ... at a rate of 500-600 discharges a second throughout ... electric fish are extreme, but necessary for survival. , ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... of fairness did not evolve for the sake of ... benefits of continued cooperation, so say Frans de Waal, ... article about inequity aversion (IA), which is defined as ... published in Science . , Their conclusion ... studies to address their hypothesis that it is the ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... 2014 Nxt-ID, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXTD and ... the growing m-commerce market, updates the "Wocket in Your Pocket" celebrity ... and light middleweight weight classes, Vinny Pazienza (PAZ). ... Game of Thrones actor Ciaran Hinds and ... star Katey Sagal have been cast in Bleed ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Evolution of responses to (un)fairness 2Evolution of responses to (un)fairness 3NXT-ID's Vinny Paz Celebrity Ad Wocket Update: Katey Sagal and Ciaran Hinds Attached to His Upcoming Movie 2NXT-ID's Vinny Paz Celebrity Ad Wocket Update: Katey Sagal and Ciaran Hinds Attached to His Upcoming Movie 3
... them get psyched up for contests, but when these ... gobble down before and during events, they could be ... treatments for the symptoms of an injury, not the ... University focuses on musculoskeletal health and sports medicine. "They ...
... A University of Maryland School of Medicine researcher will ... nation,s most prominent scientists in the field of stem ... and Preventive Medicine, was chosen by the National Heart, ... of this consortium of national experts, which will be ...
... , , ... Dec. 2 Communication Intelligence Corporation ("CIC") (OTC Bulletin ... for business process automation in the financial industry* and ... Systems Inc. ("Docubase"), a leading International Electronic Document Management ...
Cached Biology News:NSAIDs: Take 'em early and often when competing? Think again 2University of Maryland School of Medicine receives $30 million to coordinate stem cell consortium 2University of Maryland School of Medicine receives $30 million to coordinate stem cell consortium 3CIC Teams with Docubase Systems to Deliver eSignature Enabled Document Management Solutions 2CIC Teams with Docubase Systems to Deliver eSignature Enabled Document Management Solutions 3CIC Teams with Docubase Systems to Deliver eSignature Enabled Document Management Solutions 4
(Date:9/19/2014)... 2014 Follow us on ... revolutionize the world has attracted diverse players including ... start-ups. The early years of nanotechnology development was ... to the high risks involved, which deterred private ... this evolving technology have been growing over the ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... -- Pfenex Inc. (NYSE MKT: PFNX), a clinical-stage biotechnology ... to manufacture proteins including biosimilar therapeutics, today announced that ... Annual NewsMakers in the Biotech Industry conference in ... chief executive officer of Pfenex, will provide an overview ... Friday, September 26, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. EDT/7:00 a.m. ...
(Date:9/19/2014)... , September 19, 2014 ... Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/b2jxhs/micro_market ) has announced the addition of ... Columns"  report to their offering.       ... is one of the fastest-growing segments in the ... billion in 2013, and expected to reach $2.0 ...
(Date:9/18/2014)... (PRWEB) September 18, 2014 ... urological and interventional radiology products and services, announced ... as cryotherapy and cryoablation) versus external beam radiotherapy ... of the American Urological Association (MAAUA) Annual Meeting ... "Comparing Relative Effectiveness of Cryosurgery and External Beam ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Growing R&D Investments & Developments in Nanomaterials to Drive the Global Nanotechnology Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 2Growing R&D Investments & Developments in Nanomaterials to Drive the Global Nanotechnology Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 3Growing R&D Investments & Developments in Nanomaterials to Drive the Global Nanotechnology Market, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. 4Pfenex to Present at Upcoming Industry Conference on September 26 2Micro Market Monitor : Global Pre-packed Chromatography Columns 2HealthTronics Announces Data Comparing Cryotherapy Versus Radiation for Treating Prostate Cancer Poster Presented at the American Urological Association Regional Meeting 2
... Jan. 28 Ther-Rx Corporation, a,subsidiary of KV ... KV Pharmaceutical Company on January 26, 2009, a ... lots within,expiration) as a precautionary measure because they ... sufficiently comply with current Good,Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs). , ...
... Product is Japan,s first second-generation drug-eluting stentNATICK, Mass., ... BSX ) announced today that it has ... Labor and Welfare (MHLW) to market its TAXUS(R) ... plans to launch the product as soon as ...
... NOVATO, Calif., Jan. 28 BioMarin Pharmaceutical,Inc. (Nasdaq: ... BioMarin, will host a conference call and webcast on,Wednesday, February ... quarter,and full year 2008 financial results. , , ... International Dial-in Number: 617.213.8835, Participant ...
Cached Biology Technology:Ther-Rx Corporation Issues Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Products 2Boston Scientific Announces Japanese Approval for TAXUS(R) Liberte(R) Drug-Eluting Stent System 2Boston Scientific Announces Japanese Approval for TAXUS(R) Liberte(R) Drug-Eluting Stent System 3BioMarin to Host Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast on Wednesday, February 18 at 5:00 p.m. ET (23:00 CET) 2
... These skirted micro test tubes are ... of polypropylene, these tubes have uniform walls ... nonsterile, with separate O-ring screw caps. The ... and have an operating range from -55 ...
Caspr2 Antigen: Fusion protein amino acids 96-1265 (extracellular domain) of human Caspr2 Accession Number: NP_054860...
... to introduce its new line of Protein ... proteins for use in mass spectrometry, molecular ... Protein Standards are high quality purified proteins ... analyses by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). ...
Determin interaction of your protein with Echelons lipids...
Biology Products: