Nicotine mummies of Chile

Chilean scientists find evidence for tobacco use in mummies found in the Atacama Desert.

Investing in science: The Guardian

Following our recent publication of the debate going on in Chile on the need for investment in research, The Guardian have published a follow-up article with Pablo Astudillo Besnier from the advocacy group mas ciencia para chile.

Cervical cancer screening in Chile

Recently published in the International Journal of Cancer, a Chilean study has compared traditional and newer molecular screening methods for cervical cancer with findings that may have profound impact on clinical practice and health policy in Latin Ame…

Science in Chile: Falling short or aiming high?

You may have seen our recent post where the pressure group mascienciaparachile argued for more planning and spending on research in Chile. The group published a letter in Science which can be found here outlining their argument. On Friday the Chilean go…

The abortion controversy

Regular readers will be aware of the study recently published in PLoSONE on maternal mortality rate (MMR) trends in Chile and the American  continent. Professor Koch from Universidad Católica, Concepción and colleagues from Universidad de Chile and othe…

Maternal death rate in Chile lower than US

A new study published in the open access to all scientific journal PLoSONE has shown that the maternal mortality rate (MMR) in Chile has dramatically reduced over the last 50 years and now compares favourably with the rest of the American Continent. Stu…

Spend more on research to avoid crisis

Recently published in the highly respected academic journal Science a group of scientists in Chile have issued a warning that the country may be falling behind others in their planning and spending for research. The authors, lead by Pablo Astudillo of t…

Meningitis vaccine breakthrough

Around one in ten victims of meningitis die in the UK. Now Chilean scientists have tested a newly developed vaccine that brings hope of eradicating the disease.

Discovering planets from the Chilean desert

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is an intergovernmental astronomy organisation supported by many countries including the UK, with three sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. The site at La Silla at 2,400 metres above sea level in the…