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Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 08.05.2019
Enabling consumers to analyze their food's DNA
Enabling consumers to analyze their food's DNA
EPFL's Digital Epidemiology Lab held its first food DNA sequencing workshop last Saturday, in association with SwissDeCode and Hackuarium.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 07.05.2019
New AveXis data at AAN showed long-term durability of Zolgensma in patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) Type 1
Interim long-term follow-up data showed all enrolled Cohort 2 patients maintained motor function and milestones achieved during the Phase 1 START trial   Mean age of follow-up since dosing with Zolge

Health - Life Sciences - 07.05.2019
Roche presents data from the risdiplam pivotal FIREFISH and SUNFISH studies in spinal muscular atrophy at the 2019 AAN Annual Meeting
In the dose-finding Part 1 of FIREFISH, infants with Type 1 spinal muscular atrophy survive and achieve key milestones beyond those expected in the natural history of the disease New data from the dose-finding Part 1 of SUNFISH reinforce risdiplam as a promising investigational therapy for people with Type 2 or 3 spinal muscular atrophy No treatment-related safety findings leading to withdrawal seen to date in risdiplam trials Roche today announ

Life Sciences - Pharmacology - 05.05.2019
AveXis presented robust data at AAN demonstrating efficacy of Zolgensma in broad spectrum of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients
Interim data reported for the first time from STRONG in SMA Type 2 showed rapid motor function gains and milestone achievements with intrathecal Zolgensma (onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi; AVXS-101)  

Life Sciences - 02.05.2019

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 30.04.2019
New data at AAN reinforce Novartis commitment to transforming the lives of people of all ages who live with neurological conditions
Novartis leads the way at AAN with 53 abstracts, showcasing its broad portfolio of transformative medicines and innovative solutions for people living with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), multiple scl

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 29.04.2019
New Roche data at the 2019 AAN Annual Meeting showcase breadth and promise of neuroscience portfolio
Risdiplam data from Part 1 of pivotal FIREFISH study show infants with Type 1 spinal muscular atrophy achieve key motor milestones and improved survival after one year of treatment New analyses in re

Life Sciences - Pharmacology - 16.04.2019
AveXis data reinforce effectiveness of Zolgensma in treating spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) Type 1
Ph 3 STR1VE data show prolonged event-free survival, early and rapid increases in CHOP-INTEND and significant milestone achievement in SMA Type 1, consistent with START trial   First-in-human biodist

Life Sciences - 10.04.2019
Showy Primates Have Smaller Testicles
Well-adorned or well-endowed ' but not both. Evolutionary biologists at the University of Zurich have for the first time demonstrated that male primates either have large testicles or showy ornaments. Developing both at the same time may simply take too much energy. Male primates are highly competitive, especially about one thing: fathering offspring.

Life Sciences - Career - 08.04.2019
Interview with new group leader Guillaume Diss
Guillaume Diss joined the FMI as a new Quantitative Biology group leader on March 1. His research focuses on understanding the mechanisms whereby genetic variation translates into phenotypic variation - for example, in diseases.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 01.04.2019
AveXis expands world-leading gene therapy manufacturing capacity with purchase of advanced biologics therapy manufacturing campus in Longmont, Colorado
Facility to become the largest of four state-of-the-art sites involved in manufacturing of AveXis gene therapies for pipeline of rare genetic diseases including spinal muscular atrophy   AveXis plans

Physics - Life Sciences - 01.04.2019
Three EPFL professors awarded ERC Advanced Grants
Three EPFL professors awarded ERC Advanced Grants
Professors Pierre Gönczy and Douglas Hanahan (School of Life Sciences), and Professor Tobias J. Kippenberg (School of Basic Sciences/School of Engineering) have been awarded ERC Advanced Grants.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 25.03.2019
Corinne Boss Takes Reins of ’Animals and Products of Animal Origin’ Competence Division at Agroscope
Corinne Boss is the new Head of Agroscope's 'Animals and Products of Animal Origin' Competence Division for Research Technology and Knowledge Transfer; in this capacity, she also becomes a Member of the Agroscope Executive Board. A biologist and official expert in animal health, Corinne Boss currently works at the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) as a Research Scientist in the 'Products of Animal Origin and Livestock Breeding' Division.

Life Sciences - 15.03.2019
Female roundworms produce clones of themselves
Female roundworms produce clones of themselves
In the Mesorhabditis belari roundworm, the sole purpose of males is to help females produce clones of themselves. This unique form of reproduction was recently described by an international research team with participation of Peter Meister from the Institute of Cell Biology of the University of Bern.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 13.03.2019
New Marie Curie and EMBO Fellows at the FMI
Five of our postdocs were recently awarded the prestigious EMBO and Maria Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Fellowships.

Health - Life Sciences - 12.03.2019
EPFL software mines rich medical data while keeping it secure
MedCo , developed in the lab of EPFL professor Jean-Pierre Hubaux in collaboration with professor Bryan Ford 's DEDIS lab and the Lausanne University Hospital ( CHUV ), is the first operational system to protect sensitive patient data - including genetic information - so that it can be used collectively for crucial medical research.

Life Sciences - 11.03.2019

Life Sciences - Health - 27.02.2019
Model redefines the tree of life as we know it
Model redefines the tree of life as we know it
A new method shows that the relationships between living species, from bacteria to plants and animals, are different from previous estimates.

Health - Life Sciences - 27.02.2019
Bern Center for Precision Medicine founded
Bern Center for Precision Medicine founded
Precision medicine "tailored" to individual patients is regarded as the medicine of the future. It is already being practiced at the University of Bern and Inselspital, Bern University Hospital.

Life Sciences - 13.02.2019
7 challenges facing research and investment in primary brain tumours
Johanna Joyce, Ludwig member, co-signs a position paper on the challenges the scientific community faces in the fight against primary brain tumours On the initiative of Cancer Research UK, an international panel of brain cancer researchers and clinicians assessed the most important challenges ahead in the development of effective treatmens for patients.

Life Sciences - 11.02.2019

Life Sciences - 08.02.2019

Life Sciences - Environment - 30.01.2019
Urban biodiversity: Remarkable diversity of small animals in Basel gardens
Urban biodiversity: Remarkable diversity of small animals in Basel gardens
Gardens in urban areas can harbor a remarkable diversity of species. This has been found by researchers from the University of Basel in a field study carried out with the support of private garden owners from the Basel region. Furthermore, the research team shows that nature-friendly garden management and design can largely compensate for the negative effects of urbanization on biodiversity.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 28.01.2019
How do mRNAs deal with stress?
Two hallmarks of the integrated stress response of cells are the inhibition of translation and the formation of stress granules (SGs) and processing bodies (PBs). However, it is not well understood how both processes are coupled. In a study published in Molecular Cell, researchers from the Chao group applied single-molecule RNA imaging to study the interactions of mRNAs with SGs and PBs, and found out that the generally accepted assumptions about the function of granules need to be revised.

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 22.01.2019

Health - Life Sciences - 22.01.2019

Life Sciences - 21.01.2019
Octopus's Garden: The Stunning Life of Macroalgae
Octopus’s Garden: The Stunning Life of Macroalgae
The Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich is displaying large-format pictures of macroalgae taken by photographer Josh Westrich, bringing these maritime organisms into the tropical setting of UZH's greenhouses.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.01.2019

Environment - Life Sciences - 15.01.2019
EPFL goes to New Zealand to study melting glaciers
Four EPFL researchers will explore New Zealand's glacier-fed streams for two months, marking the first step in a global journey that will take them across 15 countries by 2021.

Life Sciences - 09.01.2019
Change of Teeth Causes Yo-Yo Effect in Elephants' Weight
Change of Teeth Causes Yo-Yo Effect in Elephants’ Weight
The weight of elephants living in zoos fluctuates over the course of their adult lives in cycles lasting around a hundred months, researchers at the University of Zurich have found. The fluctuation is linked to the particular pattern of tooth change in elephants, which results in them having more or less chewing surface available.

Life Sciences - Physics - 02.01.2019
Pushing the boundaries of the visible
Our cutting-edge technology platforms are key enablers of research at the FMI. One of the biggest of these, with the largest number of users, is the Facility for Advanced Imaging and Microscopy (FAIM). To find out more about the facility, and microscopy in general, we spoke to the joint heads of FAIM - Christel Genoud, who is responsible for Electron Microscopy, and Laurent Gelman, responsible for Light Microscopy.

Life Sciences - Environment - 10.12.2018
The Fascinating World of Insects
The Fascinating World of Insects
Highlighting diversity, arousing fascination and raising awareness of the vital tasks that insects perform in nature.

Life Sciences - Health - 23.11.2018
Rescue machinery prevents cellular suicide
Rescue machinery prevents cellular suicide
In a new study published in Science a team led by Prof. Petr Broz from the Department of Biochemistry identify a new mechanism to control immune cell death associated with inflammatory diseases, including sepsis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and arthritis.

Life Sciences - 19.11.2018
Precise synaptic organization of a memory network
Precise synaptic organization of a memory network
In order to examine how synaptic inputs to individual neurons are organized in a distributed memory network, researchers from the Friedrich group performed electrophysiological recordings in the zebrafish homolog of the olfactory cortex. They found that large excitatory inputs were paired with large inhibitory inputs, which may seem counterintuitive because inhibition cancels excitation.

Environment - Life Sciences - 01.11.2018
Wyss Foundation supports the University of Bern
Wyss Foundation supports the University of Bern
The Wyss Foundation announced yesterday that it will begin a global conservation campaign. On a related note, they also announced that they will be working on a year-long pilot project in Kenya and Peru, together with the University of Bern.

Health - Life Sciences - 01.11.2018
Andrea Ablasser wins the 2018 National Latsis Prize
The medical researcher and EPFL professor Andrea Ablasser , who studies how cells defend themselves against viral and bacterial attacks, has won the 2018 National Latsis Prize in recognition of her excellent research work on immunity.

Life Sciences - 01.11.2018

Health - Life Sciences - 01.11.2018
Latsis Prize 2018: Andrea Ablasser unlocks the secret of rapid virus defence
Latsis Prize 2018: Andrea Ablasser unlocks the secret of rapid virus defence
The medical researcher and EPFL professor Andrea Ablasser studies how cells defend themselves against viral and bacterial attacks.

Health - Life Sciences - 30.10.2018
Switzerland-wide platform for cell therapy launched in Bern
Regenerative Medicine is one of the fastest growing sectors in biomedical research - replacing diseased cells, tissues or organs.
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