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Health - Life Sciences - 06.03.2021
Animal experiments still play a key role
Without animal experiments there would be no COVID-19 vaccine: animal testing is essential for medical research. A ban on testing - even a gradual phase-out - would be extremely damaging for research policy, writes Detlef Günther. The Swiss National Council is currently debating the popular initiative for a ban on experiments on animals and humans.

Environment - Physics - 05.03.2021
Switzerland's energy transition
Switzerland’s energy transition
Can Switzerland, as planned, cut its CO2 emissions to zero by 2050? In a study, researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have investigated what measures would be necessary to achieve this reduction and how much it might cost per person.

Campus - Mathematics - 05.03.2021

Campus - Physics - 05.03.2021

Health - 04.03.2021

Economics / Business - 04.03.2021
Swiss statistical systems could be enhanced by big data
Using anonymized policyholder data from Swiss insurance company La Mobilière, EPFL scientists were able to predict a number of socio-economic indicators in 170 Swiss towns. This innovative approach could help increase the granularity and applicability of official statistics. A huge volume of digital data has been harvested, stored and shared in the last few years - from sources such as social media, geolocation systems and aerial images from drones and satellites - giving researchers many new ways to study information and decrypt our world.

Research Management - Earth Sciences - 04.03.2021

Event - 03.03.2021

Health - Life Sciences - 03.03.2021
How to track the variants of the pandemic faster
How to track the variants of the pandemic faster
A global group of researchers is calling for better integration of viral genetics, bioinformatics, and public health to enable better pandemic response now and better pandemic preparedness in the future.

Innovation - Health - 03.03.2021

Life Sciences - 03.03.2021

Health - Social Sciences - 02.03.2021
Corona Immunitas Ticino: responding together - the results of the second round of serological test
In light of the second epidemic wave of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the project Corona Immunitas Ticino - carried out by the Institute of Public Health of Università della Svizzera italiana and SUPSI Depar

Computer Science - Health - 01.03.2021

Health - Pharmacology - 26.02.2021
EMA issues advice on casirivimab and imdevimab antibody cocktail for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19
CHMP has completed a review of available data for investigational antibody cocktail casirivimab and imdevimab (REGN-COV2) to be considered for the treatment of confirmed COVID-19   CHMP scientific op

Pharmacology - Health - 26.02.2021
Novartis Cosentyx gains EU label update for first-of-its-kind MAXIMISE data in axial manifestations of psoriatic arthritis
Cosentyx (secukinumab) is the first biologic with proven efficacy in all 6 key manifestations of psoriatic arthritis (PsA), and the only biologic with fast and lasting relief of axial manifestations of PsA in a dedicated trial 1,2 ,3 .

Environment - Transport - 26.02.2021
A call for charging points at home
For Switzerland to become climate neutral, there's no way around electric mobility.

Materials Science - 26.02.2021

Life Sciences - Health - 25.02.2021
Wyss Center joins $36M international collaboration to improve recovery from spinal cord injuries
Geneva, Switzerland - The Wyss Center has joined forces with an international consortium of universities, biomedical startups and nonprofit organizations to develop therapies for spinal cord injury that could improve long-term recovery.

Health - Pharmacology - 25.02.2021
Roche announces results from Evrysdi (risdiplam) study in infants with Type 1 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) published in New England Journal of Medicine
FIREFISH Part 1 data show treatment with Evrysdi at 12 months helped 90% of these infants survive without permanent ventilation and 33% sit without support, a key motor milestone not normally seen in

Innovation - Health - 24.02.2021
SUPSI and IRSOL enter agreement for scientific collaboration in solar research
The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) and the Istituto Ricerche Solari Locarno (IRSOL, affiliated to USI) have signed a collaboration agreement that will consoli

Environment - Materials Science - 23.02.2021
Bloom Biorenewables develops biomass-based plastics
Thanks to technology developed by start-up Bloom Biorenewables, plant materials can be used as an alternative to petroleum derivatives for producing a wide range of products, including bioplastics, textiles, cosmetics and even perfume.

Environment - 23.02.2021

Computer Science - 22.02.2021
"Fantastic research is happening with the help of data analytics"
The Center for Data Analytics at the University of Basel helps researchers make the most of their data using cutting-edge techniques such as deep learning.

Health - Environment - 19.02.2021
Young Researchers in Environmental Epidemiology Share Latest Findings
Young Researchers in Environmental Epidemiology Share Latest Findings
Swiss TPH and the European Chapter of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) hosted a virtual symposium for young scientists in the field of environmental epidemiology from 18 to 19 February 2021.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 18.02.2021
Climate change and Swiss lakes
Climate change and Swiss lakes
A new simulation study shows that climate change risks significantly altering water temperature, ice cover and mixing of many Swiss lakes. Mid altitude lakes are especially under pressure, running the risk of completely losing ice cover and no longer fully mixing twice per year. Such a change would have fundamental consequences for the functioning of lake ecosystems.

Environment - Economics / Business - 18.02.2021
The time to take low-carbon transition risks seriously is now
A successful climate policy means preparing for unintended adverse impacts, such as job losses in declining energy sectors or potential environmental impacts of scaling up renewables.

Economics / Business - Materials Science - 18.02.2021

Environment - Chemistry - 18.02.2021
We need a global science panel on chemicals and waste
Chemical pollution is a global threat that demands for global action, says Zhanyun Wang. An interface body similar to the IPCC could help bridge the gap between science and policy. Chemicals are at the heart of our modern world. But the way the world deals with chemicals is highly inadequate. Over the last decades, the number and diversity of chemicals produced and traded have increased drastically, reaching several hundred thousands.

Life Sciences - 16.02.2021
Of multiple-horned goats and sheep
Of multiple-horned goats and sheep
Scientists from the INRAE, ALLICE and UNIGE have discovered the genetic causes of the abnormal presence of an additional pair of horns in Bovids. Bovidae sometimes display supernumerary horns. For instance, local breeds of sheep genetically selected by generations of breeders, are known for their multiple horns, a condition referred to as 'polyceraty'.

Life Sciences - 16.02.2021
Extensive remodeling of chromatin after DNA damage
In eukaryotes, histones are often modified and evicted at site of DNA double-strand breaks in order to facilitate end-resection and break repair. Together with the protein analysis facility of the FMI, the Gasser group has quantified massive changes in the chromatin associated proteome in response to DNA damage.

Pharmacology - Health - 16.02.2021
Novartis Entresto granted expanded indication in chronic heart failure by FDA
Entresto is the first and only therapy approved in the US to treat patients diagnosed with guideline-defined heart failure to include both those with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFr

Research Management - 15.02.2021
Open Access @ USI: «read & publish» agreement signed with publisher Taylor & Francis
Free access to knowledge makes further progress at USI thanks to a new agreement that now allows USI researchers to publish original research articles in Open Access (OA) free of charge in journals published by Taylor & Francis, Routledge, and Cogent OA.

Politics - Administration - 12.02.2021
Call for transparency
The turbulence created by speculation in GameStop shares has highlighted the lack of transparency on trading platforms.
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