Better archiving of genetic data

Environment - May 27

Every year, researchers upload vast amounts of genetic information to publicly accessible databases. An international team of researchers led by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL is calling in the scientific Journal "Nature Ecology & Evolution" for this to be done in a standardised form, in order to enable comprehensive reuse of the data.

Cultural Networks of Central African Hunter-Gatherers Have Ancient Origin

Social Sciences

Extensive social networks between different hunter-gatherer groups in the Congo Basin existed long before agriculture arrived in the region. This continent-wide exchange preserved a cultural diversity that evolved thousands of years ago, as researchers from the University of Zurich show based on musical instruments, specialized vocabulary and genetic information.

Health - May 23

New approach to Epstein-Barr virus and resulting diseases


The Epstein-Barr virus can cause a spectrum of diseases, including a range of cancers. Emerging data now show that inhibition of a specific metabolic pathway in infected cells can diminish latent infection and therefore the risk of downstream disease, as reported by researchers from the University of Basel and the University Hospital Basel in the journal Science.

Life Sciences - May 27

How and why different cell division strategies evolve

Life Sciences

Scientists, in collaboration with researchers at EMBL Heidelberg, have discovered that a group of marine protists (eukaryotic organisms) closely related to animals use open or closed mitosis based on their life cycle stages, suggesting that the way animal cells perform cell division evolved long before animals themselves.

Life Sciences - May 22

The double face of fentanyl: the neuronal basis of opioid addiction

Life Sciences

Scientists from the University of Geneva have discovered that fentanyl leads to the activation of two distinct cell populations in the brain, first w

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