AIMMS researchers in Dutch media

Recently, AIMMS researchers Wilbert Bitter, Remco Kort and Jacob de Boer commented on various scientific topics in Dutch media.

05/14/2018 | 2:27 PM

Wilbert Bitter explained in de Volkskrant the research he is performing to find new ways to fight tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is often regarded as a problem of the past, but is in fact the most deadly infectious disease worldwide with 1.7 million annual deaths.

Remco Kort elaborated on hygiene strategies, the human immune system and the role of bacteria in het Nederlands Dagblad. In the article, Kort explains that exposure of our body to a wide diversity of bacteria from the environment has been reduced as a result of our modern lifestyle. This might explain why auto-immune diseases, like asthma and allergy, are on the rise in the Western world. This fall, Kort organizes a debate about hygiene in Micropia, the microbe museum in Amsterdam.

Jacob de Boer commented on the poisoning of British spy Skripal in the Dutch radio programme Nieuws and Co (NPO). In the show, de Boer explains that with the help of isotope research it might be possible to determine the origin of the raw materials from which the nerve gas was made. However, even if the poison appears to originate from Russia, that is still no full proof that Russia is behind the poisoning, according to de Boer.

In het Algemeen Dagblad, de Boer was interviewed with respect to an entirely different topic: the test results from the RIVM showing the presence of C8 and GenX in vegetables coming from gardens around the factory Chemours in Dordrecht, which agreed to the test results of the VU about a year ago.