A l'UM la science [S02-ep01] : Nano-Robot, 30 years of LIRMM and Litternature

This week on A l'UM la science, CBS 's Gaëtan Bellot tells us about a nano-robot made entirely from DNA. Our report then takes you to the LIRMM microelectronics department, where Laurent Latorre is preparing the laboratory's 30th anniversary. Finally, Lucas Aubouin from the Scientific Culture Department talks about the Litternature project.

It's back to school time for A l'UM la science, and to get the year off to a good start, we're inviting you to push back the boundaries of your imagination with a study on the frontiers of science fiction. Okay, it sounds like a cliché, but just four words are enough to convince you: DNA, robot, cell mechanics... In a writing workshop, I guarantee you, we'll do a Bradbury! But here we're not talking literature, we're talking science and a nano-robot built entirely from DNA to study, on a cellular scale, the mechanical forces involved in numerous biological and pathological processes in the human body. Gaëtan Bellot is a researcher at the CBS structural biology center in Montpellier. The work he has carried out with his team of researchers fromInserm, CNRS and the University of Montpellier has been published in Nature Communication.

In the second half of the show, we take you to LIRMM, Montpellier's computer science, robotics and microelectronics laboratory, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To mark the occasion, it will be opening its doors to the public on October 8, with visits and demonstrations by researchers. To give you a sneak preview, we're running a series of three reports, this week with Laurent Latorre taking you on a tour of the microelectronics department.

Finally, Lucas Aubouin will join us at the end of the program to tell us about the latest project from the UM's scientific culture department, in partnership with the region's media libraries. Litternature, as the project is called, invites young naturalists to draw up an inventory of the biodiversity hidden in children's literature. From September 20 to October 16, an exhibition can be viewed at the Emile Zola media library.

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Coproduction: Divergence FM / Université de Montpellier
Lucie Lecherbonnier
Aline Périault / Lucie Lecherbonnier
Reporting and editing:
Lucie Lecherbonnier
Production : Bruno Bertrand

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