What we do

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Raising awareness of a large public to biology and its opportunitiesThis is custom heading element

Bacteria are a key element of human health. They play a major role in the cycles of the living world from the synthesis of compounds essential to the metabolism up to the recycling of waste produced by living systems. The diffusion of a quality information about living processes is necessary toward public and political decision-makers.

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Initiating frontier research in instrumentation and Computer-Aided Biology

The Fourmentin-Guilbert foundation leads the LifeExplorer project (www.lifeexplorer.eu) aiming at reconstruction a complete bacterial cell of Escherichia coli in 3D. Drawing up and interactive atlas of its anatomy enables to understand the functioning of bacterial cells, to exploit potential of chemical micro-factories and to reinforce the beneficial action they play in human health.

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Bacteria are so small that their anatomy has not still hardly been revealed. The Fourmentin-Guilbert foundation and the Max Planck Institute launched in 2004 a microscopy project to look inside a bacterium and understand how the constituting elements of the bacterial cell (its proteins, its DNA, …) combine to block the action of antibiotics, to treat toxic compounds brought by food, to create chemicals important for our health and that our organism is not able to synthetize, etc.

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The Fourmentin-Guilbert foundation has supported the French and American editions of the book The Machinery of Life by artist and biologist David Goodsell, pioneer in the artistic and realistic representation of cells and virus [The Machinery of Life, Springer ED. 2009]