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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 19 January 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 19 JANUARY 2019 17 GREECE Greek and Turkish-Cypriots join forces to restore St Panteleimon monastery It was back in November 2018 when vandals broke into the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St Panteleimon in Myrtou, Cyprus. According to an article by the Turkish-Cypriot local daily newspaper Kibris Postasi the vandals broke the entrance doors and window panes, damaging the fencing, while someone painted non-political graffiti on the walls. PHOTO: PIXABAY More and more Greeks requesting paternity tests A surge has been recorded in the number or paternity tests being requested at Greek DNA labs across the country since the beginning of 2019, according to forensics scientists. Dr Leda Kovatsi, associate professor of forensic medicine and toxicology and head of the DNA Department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUT) told Kathimerini that January and February are the lab's busiest months. According to Dr Kovatsi, the labs are receiving an increasing number of requests for tests primarily from men but also women who are uncertain about the paternity of a child. "Very often it concerns children that have been born out of wedlock and men want to know it is really theirs before recognising them," she said. "We also have requests from spouses who have doubts about one of their children. We had a father who had three children out of wedlock, and while he was sure about the first two, he had doubts about the third," she added, commenting that paternity tests in Greece are somewhat of a "seasonal product". "Over the holidays, families meet and they stir up doubts and old disagreements. Nobody bothers us in the summer," she said. The disrespectful act came only two years after the monastery had been conserved with the support of the European Union, as a landmark of the area's cultural and historical heritage. In a heart-warming initiative which was launched by the Turkish side, GreekCypriots joined their counterparts in the occupied side of the island to clean up the walls and restore the Monastery. Α community clean-up event was organised where representatives from the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) participated in the Caring for our Cultural Heritage, the Cyprus Mail reported. "As you know there have been some challenges with the maintenance and despite all effort, there is still a lot to be done," UNDP Cyprus Programme Manager Tiziana Zennaro told volunteers and participants present at the event. "[The monastery] was not only a place for worship but a social and economic center and a significant example of the island's cultural heritage." Meanwhile, Turkish-Cypriot head of the Technical Committee, Ali Tuncay also expressed his appreciation of local heritage monuments and his respect for both the monastery's religious and cultural significance. "We will not leave this monument alone… we will not let this monument be part of the blame game or to be used for political purposes," he said declaring the committee's awareness regarding the tremendous responsibility that comes with his role. Mr Tuncay personally committed to ensure his tenure sees monuments throughout the island be "saved and protected". Numerous health benefits of Greek feta revealed, as researchers decode its ‘DNA’ for the first time We're all familiar with the popular and delicious crumbly cheese that is feta, but up until now not much was known about its make, or 'DNA' as it is being referred to by researchers. Using a groundbreaking method, researchers at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA) announced on Wednesday that they have managed to decode the 'DNA' of authentic feta cheese produced in Greece. Dr George Tsangaris and Dr Athanasios Anagnostopoulos analysed different varieties of feta classified as Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) - a label used since 2002 to identify authentic feta from Greece - and were able to identify its nutritional properties and value. Not only is the cheese deli- cious, it is also very good for you, helping to strengthen the immune system. Results revealed that all varieties of PDO feta have 489 different types of protein - each of which make up the identity of the original Greek feta cheese. These proteins are known for their antimicrobial activity, while a number of the proteins were also found to be related to vitamins and oligoelements (minerals) that benefit the nervous system, help to maintain good kidney function, regulate arterial pressure and reduce cholesterol. The research has highlighted feta to be one of the most protein-rich cheeses in the world. Meanwhile, aside from proving the cheese's nutritional value, researchers can now also determine the quality of the milk used during production and any instances of adulteration to the product. This greater understanding of feta's molecular make-up means that researchers can now officially distinguish between PDO feta and other varieties of the cheese. The method used was only recently developed by the BRFAA Proteomics Facility. Using a high resolution mass spectrometer, scientists are able to qualitatively and quantitatively determine all the molecules contained in both solid and liquid forms of food, as well as food supplements revealing the trophometric trace of each product. The BRFAA Proteomics Facility is the first unit in the Balkans and in northeast Europe to apply molecular traceability.
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