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Life Sciences - Computer Science - 20.09.2023
Artificial Intelligence tools shed light on millions of proteins
Artificial Intelligence tools shed light on millions of proteins
A research team at the University of Basel and the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics uncovered a treasure trove of uncharacterised proteins. Embracing the recent deep learning revolution, they discovered hundreds of new protein families and even a novel predicted protein fold. The study has now been published in "Nature".

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 13.09.2023
A human model for autism
A human model for autism
The CRISPR-Cas gene scissors enable researchers to study the genetic and cellular causes of autism in the lab - directly on human tissue. How does autism develop? Which genes and cells in the human brain contribute to it? A new brain organoid model allows researchers from the Department of Biosystems at ETH Zurich in Basel and colleagues from Vienna to investigate these questions in human cells.

Life Sciences - Innovation - 11.09.2023
Bacteria generate electricity from wastewater
In a breakthrough for the field of bioelectronics, researchers at EPFL have enhanced the ability of E. coli bacteria to generate electricity. The innovative approach only offers a sustainable solution for organic waste processing while outperforming previous state-of-the-art technologies, opening new horizons for versatile microbial electricity production.

Life Sciences - Health - 07.09.2023
The discovery of a new kind of cell revolutionizes neuroscience
The discovery of a new kind of cell revolutionizes neuroscience
A research team from the University of Lausanne and the Wyss Center has discovered a new type of cell essential to brain function. Hybrid in composition and function between the two hitherto known types of brain cells - neurons and glial cells - these cells of a new order are found in several brain regions from mice to humans.

Life Sciences - Innovation - 06.09.2023
Analog & digital: best of both worlds in one energy-efficient system
Analog & digital: best of both worlds in one energy-efficient system
The fusion of 2D semiconductors and ferroelectric materials could lead to joint digital and analog information processing, with significant improvement in energy consumption, electronic device performance, and lead to novel functionalities. We live in an analog world of continuous information flow that is both processed and stored by our brains at the same time, but our devices process information digitally in the form of discrete binary code, breaking the information into bits.

Health - Life Sciences - 05.09.2023
Reversing aging in the blood and immune systems
Reversing aging in the blood and immune systems
As we age, our bodies face many challenges, including declining immune system function and increased vulnerability to various health problems. A study conducted within the UNIL-CHUV Department of Oncology has recently shed light on these challenges. It unveils a potential solution that could have far-reaching implications for aging individuals.

Life Sciences - Health - 05.09.2023
Deciphering the 'highway code' of our cells
Deciphering the ’highway code’ of our cells
A team from the University of Geneva has identified a key mechanism in the regulation of microtubules, the internal communication pathways of our cells. Cancers, degenerative diseases: deregulation of our cells' internal communication pathways is at the root of many conditions. Microtubules - microscopic protein filaments - play a crucial role in controlling these exchanges.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 04.09.2023
First Experimental Release of Parasitic Asian Wasp to Control Spotted-Wing Drosophila
First Experimental Release of Parasitic Asian Wasp to Control Spotted-Wing Drosophila
The invasive spotted-wing drosophila (SWD) is a devastating pest in berry, stone fruit and grape crops. A natural antagonist from the fruit fly-s area of origin in East Asia is now due to be released in Switzerland for the first time by Agroscope and CABI. The experimental releases in the Cantons of Jura and Ticino aim to clarify whether this parasitic wasp can become established in Switzerland to regulate the SWD population and reduce production losses.

Health - Life Sciences - 31.08.2023
How fungal infections cause blood poisoning
How fungal infections cause blood poisoning
Blood poisoning caused by a fungal infection is a severe, life-threatening condition. Researchers at the University of Bern have now discovered a mechanism that helps a yeast fungus to spread more easily within the body. The immune system, of all things, plays a major role in this process. These findings could open up new therapeutic avenues for blood poisoning caused by yeast, but also for other invasive fungal infections.

Health - Life Sciences - 23.08.2023
Cells with an ear for music release insulin
Cells with an ear for music release insulin
"We will rock you": researchers are developing a gene switch that triggers insulin release in designer cells by playing certain rock and pop songs. Diabetes is a condition in which the body produces too little or no insulin. Diabetics thus depend on an external supply of this hormone via injection or pump.

Life Sciences - Health - 21.08.2023
How Salmonella grow together in the gut and exchange antibiotic resistance
How Salmonella grow together in the gut and exchange antibiotic resistance
The ability to utilize a mere single alternative food source is all it takes for diarrhoea causing Salmonella bacteria to bloom when a gut is already colonized by a closely related strain, according to researchers from ETH Zurich. This coexistence enables the exchange of antibiotic resistance. Bacteria are growing more resistance to common antibiotics, and one key factor contributing to this problem is the exchange of antibiotic resistance genes between closely related bacterial strains.

Life Sciences - Health - 16.08.2023
Building muscle in the lab
Building muscle in the lab
A new method allows large quantities of muscle stem cells to be safely obtained in cell culture. This provides a potential for treating patients with muscle diseases - and for those who would like to eat meat, but don't want to kill animals. ETH Zurich Professor Ori Bar-Nur and his team grow muscle cells in the laboratory.

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 10.08.2023
Study undermines evolutionary rule
Study undermines evolutionary rule
According to Cope's rule, today's animal species are on average larger than older species of the same genus. A large-scale study led by a researcher at the University of Fribourg has just demonstrated that this is not the case in turtles . Paleontologists have noticed that, in the course of their evolution, certain species tend to get bigger and bigger.

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 10.08.2023
Substances from corn roots influence wheat yields
Substances from corn roots influence wheat yields
Corn roots secrete certain substances that affect the quality of the soil. In certain fields, this effect increases the yield of wheat planted after corn in the same soil by more than 4%. This has been demonstrated by researchers at the University of Bern. Although the findings from several field experiments show that such effects are highly variable, they could nevertheless contribute in the long term to making the cultivation of cereals more sustainable without additional fertilizers or pesticides.

Life Sciences - Health - 08.08.2023
How immunity contributes to ageing and neurodegeneration
How immunity contributes to ageing and neurodegeneration
Researchers at EPFL have found that a specific immune signaling pathway drives ageing-related inflammation and neurodegeneration. The work can help us understand the mechanisms behind ageing-associated impairment and disease. As we age, our bodies undergo various changes that can impact our overall health and make us more susceptible to diseases.

Life Sciences - Health - 04.08.2023
How the microbiome drives the evolution of immune defenses
How the microbiome drives the evolution of immune defenses
A new study from researchers at EPFL reveals how bacteria shape the immune system of fruit flies, shedding light on the evolution of host defenses against specific pathogens and beneficial microbes. Animals and humans coexist with a vast array of microorganisms known as the microbiome, forming an intricate relationship that can range from mutually beneficial to pathogenic.

Life Sciences - 02.08.2023
The secrets of folding DNA
The secrets of folding DNA
A study published on August 2, 2023 in "Cell" by a team from the University of Lausanne reveals that the way DNA folds back on itself directly influences the development and functioning of the nervous system. DNA is like a thread of wool which, during development, twists around itself to form a chromosome, a ball of yarn.

Health - Life Sciences - 02.08.2023
Learning how to control HIV from African genomes
A study on almost 4000 people of African descent has identified a gene that acts as natural defense against HIV by limiting its replication in certain white blood cells. An international effort co-led by EPFL, Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory, and Imperial College London, it paves the way for new treatment strategies.

Health - Life Sciences - 01.08.2023
Organoids revolutionize research on respiratory infections
Organoids revolutionize research on respiratory infections
In a breakthrough for bioengineering, researchers at EPFL have developed organoids that can model the human respiratory tract. The organoids, called AirGels, allow them to uncover the mechanism by which antibiotic-resistant pathogens like Pseudomonas aeruginosa infect the respiratory tract. Biofilms are highly resistant communities of bacteria that pose a major challenge in the treatment of infections.

Environment - Life Sciences - 27.07.2023
First nesting of the cattle egret in Switzerland
First nesting of the cattle egret in Switzerland
Switzerland has a new breeding bird: the cattle egret has nested on Swiss soil for the first time, the culmination of a long evolutionary process.



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