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Life Sciences - Environment - 14.09.2021
We are less sceptical of genetic engineering than assumed
We often hear that Swiss consumers want their agriculture to be free from genetic engineering. But consumer acceptance of genetically modified crops is likely to be higher than the media leads us to believe, Angela Bearth says. The ban on growing genetically modified crops in Switzerland is set to expire at the end of this year.

Innovation - Life Sciences - 06.09.2021
EPFL and the Wyss Center award two new entrepreneurial projects
EPFL and the Wyss Center award two new entrepreneurial projects
The Capture dream journaling mobile application Scientists have known of the existence of lucid dreams - in which the dreamer becomes aware that they are dreaming - for decades, but the neurobiology is poorly understood and it remains unclear why some people have them while others do not. Lucid dreaming is thought to bring benefits including reduced anxiety, improved motor skills, memory consolidation and enhanced problem solving.

Environment - Life Sciences - 26.08.2021
'LéXPLORE brings together researchers from different disciplines - that's fantastic'
’LéXPLORE brings together researchers from different disciplines - that’s fantastic’
There has been a floating laboratory on Lake Geneva called LéXPLORE since 2019.

Life Sciences - Transport - 26.08.2021
UZH and Airbus to Grow Miniature Human Tissue on the International Space Station (ISS)
UZH and Airbus to Grow Miniature Human Tissue on the International Space Station (ISS)
UZH Space Hub and Airbus Defence and Space are sending an experiment into space on the next resupply flight to the International Space Station (ISS) with the aim of advancing the industrial production of human tissue in microgravity.

Life Sciences - Physics - 17.08.2021
Computer algorithms are currently revolutionising biology
Artificial intelligence can help predict the three-dimensional structure of proteins. Beat Christen describes how such algorithms should soon help to develop tailored artificial proteins.

Health - Life Sciences - 09.08.2021
Organoid bladders reveal secrets of UTIs
Organoid bladders reveal secrets of UTIs
Scientists at EPFL have developed two complementary bladder models to study urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by E. coli: bladder organoids and a bladder-on-a-chip.

Environment - Life Sciences - 05.08.2021
The challenges of forecasting algae blooms
The challenges of forecasting algae blooms
Blue-green algae and other phytoplankton are very important for the proper functioning of aquatic ecosystems.

Health - Life Sciences - 02.08.2021
Salmonella: Intestinal flora as reason for asymptomatic disease progression
Salmonella infections can result in a broad spectrum of illnesses. According to the latest research findings, one reason why some cases are harmless while others are very severe lies in the intestinal flora. An infection with Salmonella can have very different consequences. While some infected people do not notice the infection with the bacteria at all - this is called an asymptomatic progression - others suffer from severe gastrointestinal complaints.

Computer Science - Life Sciences - 30.07.2021
How will machine learning change science?
SUMMER SERIES: HOW SCIENCE WORKS - For millennia scientists have manually combed through data in a bid to find meaningful patterns to solve complex problems.

Life Sciences - Health - 27.07.2021
Lord of the flies, king of data and proud owner of seven bicycles
Lord of the flies, king of data and proud owner of seven bicycles
ETH professor and molecular biologist Ernst Hafen retires at the end of July. We look back at the colourful career of a leading scientist with many different interests beyond the narrow world of molecular genetics.

Innovation - Life Sciences - 23.07.2021
Wyss Center partners with Artiria Medical to accelerate a novel therapy for cerebral vasospasm
The new device will interact with the nerves responsible for constriction of brain arteries - a common complication after hemorrhagic stroke Geneva, Switzerland - The Wyss Center and Artiria Medical

Health - Life Sciences - 14.07.2021
How to make biomedical research data able to interact?
How to make biomedical research data able to interact?
Swiss specialists in data semantics define the national strategy for the interoperability of research data to enable a strong policy of promoting personalised medicine.

Health - Life Sciences - 09.07.2021
In the health lab of the future
In the health lab of the future
Rea Lehner has been running the "Future Health Technologies" research programme at the Singapore-ETH Centre since 2020.

Health - Life Sciences - 30.06.2021
AI improves speech understanding of hearing aid users
AI improves speech understanding of hearing aid users
In noisy environments it is difficult for hearing aid users or people with a hearing implant to understand their conversational partner because current audio processors still have difficulty focusing precisely enough on specific sound sources.

Health - Life Sciences - 28.06.2021

Health - Life Sciences - 22.06.2021
Female researchers on the move
In autumn 2021 a new Centre for biomedical reseach will be inaugurated in Bellinzona. To support this event, Ticino Management features a special series of articles presenting the activities of the two main residents of the facility, IRB and IOR.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 18.06.2021
'The term 'artificial' is often associated with risk'
’The term ’artificial’ is often associated with risk’
Is natural always good and artificial always bad? We talked to psychologist Angela Bearth and biotechnologist Sven Panke about science, scepticism, misunderstandings and how language influences the way we think.

Environment - Life Sciences - 17.06.2021
Protection and promotion of native crayfish
Protection and promotion of native crayfish
Formerly widespread, native crayfish in Switzerland are now highly endangered. With support from Eawag, experts are doing everything they can to preserve the secretive river dwellers.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 14.06.2021
They build proteins that are not known to nature
They build proteins that are not known to nature
Using chemical synthesis, Bright Peak Therapeutics can produce proteins that have never before existed.

Event - Life Sciences - 14.06.2021

Health - Life Sciences - 07.06.2021
Modelling lungs to limit testing on mice
Modelling lungs to limit testing on mice
The UNIGE is awarding its 3R prize to the creator of a cell model which, by reproducing a lung infection, has enabled the identification of a promising treatment.  Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a bacterium responsible for many lung infections, particularly in people with cystic fibrosis or a weakened immune system.

Health - Life Sciences - 03.06.2021
Better choice of contraceptives can prevent breast cancer
Better choice of contraceptives can prevent breast cancer
There is a strong link between hormonal contraceptives and breast cancer risk. The main culprit are progestins, synthetic mimics of the pregnancy hormone progesterone that stimulate cell growth in the breast.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 26.05.2021
'Tug of war' between neurons tells the brain when to fear — and when not to be afraid
’Tug of war’ between neurons tells the brain when to fear — and when not to be afraid
Fear protects us by making us alert to danger, but the persistence of fearful memories can lead to serious mental conditions. Now, an international team of researchers co-led by Andreas Lüthi has found that the activity of different cells in the brain's threat-detector hub regulates the switch between high and low fear states.

Environment - Life Sciences - 21.05.2021
'The change in forests' carbon role is a threat to the climate'
’The change in forests' carbon role is a threat to the climate’
The Amazon rain forest may have reached a tipping point. According to a recent study, it now emits more CO2 than it absorbs, which could speed the pace of climate change.

Environment - Life Sciences - 20.05.2021
International Biodiversity Day: ’We are part of the solution’
22 May is the International Day for Biological Diversity. In 2021, the theme is: "We are part of the solution".

Life Sciences - 12.05.2021
How trauma shapes our brain cells
How trauma shapes our brain cells
ETH Fellow Rodrigo Arzate-Mejia is studying how traumatic life experiences affect the brain, with a focus on epigenetic changes in brain cells.   Neglect, calamitous events or even abuse: traumatic childhood experiences increase the risk of mental and physical illness and can lead to psychiatric disorders later in life.

Life Sciences - Environment - 06.05.2021
A simple exterior - but complex interior
A simple exterior - but complex interior
ETH Fellow Serina Robinson is devoted to microorganisms. She is particularly interested in the enzymes they use to produce and break down chemical substances, as well as the question of how and why they function as they do.

Life Sciences - Campus - 05.05.2021

Life Sciences - 28.04.2021

Health - Life Sciences - 28.04.2021
Awakening
Awakening "ghosts" in patients with Parkinson's
Scientists are developing a completely new "brain stress test" for evaluating the mental status of patients with Parkinson's disease, the second most prevalent neurodegenerative disease worldwide. It involves awakening the "ghosts" hidden in specific networks of the brain to predict the onset of hallucinations.

Life Sciences - Health - 22.04.2021
Biomedical research without boundaries
In autumn 2021 a new biomedical reseach centre will be inaugurated in Bellinzona. To support this event, Ticino Management is running a special series of articles presenting the activities of the two main residents of the facility, IRB and IOR.

Life Sciences - Research Management - 22.04.2021

Health - Life Sciences - 20.04.2021
Bioprinted mini pancreas will help in the fight against diabetes
Bioprinted mini pancreas will help in the fight against diabetes
EPFL spin-off Readily3D has developed a novel system that can print biological tissue in just 30 seconds.

Life Sciences - 17.04.2021
Obituary: Dr. Reinhard Glück
We are deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of Dr. Reinhard Glück. He passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, 19 April, 2021, shortly before reaching the age of 70.

Psychology - Life Sciences - 15.04.2021
New Measure to Predict Stress Resilience
Researchers at the University of Zurich show that increased sensitivity in a specific region of the brain contributes to the development of anxiety and depression in response to real-life stress. Their study establishes an objective neurobiological measure for stress resilience in humans. Some people don't seem to be too bothered when it comes to handling stress.

Life Sciences - Career - 06.04.2021
FMI: Congratulations to our fellowship winners
April 6, 2021 We are pleased to announce the latest FMI winners of prestigious research fellowships, including EMBO, Maria Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) and Boehringer Ingelheim Funds (BIF).

Health - Life Sciences - 31.03.2021
Why SARS-CoV-2 replicates better in the upper respiratory tract
Why SARS-CoV-2 replicates better in the upper respiratory tract
A team of researchers from the Institute for Infectious Diseases (IFIK) at the University of Bern and the Federal Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) have assessed virus growth and activation

Life Sciences - Health - 22.03.2021
Shaking the Foundations of Life
Shaking the Foundations of Life
Evolution never stops - and disruptions can speed up the procees. Now ETH researchers are delving deeper into the secrets of evolutionary change.

Life Sciences - 17.03.2021

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.

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.

Life Sciences - 03.03.2021
New form of symbiosis discovered
New form of symbiosis discovered
Researchers have discovered a unique bacterium that lives inside a unicellular eukaryote and provides it with energy.

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.

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.
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