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Environment - Life Sciences - 19.01.2023
Special drone collects environmental DNA from trees
Special drone collects environmental DNA from trees
Researchers at ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal research institute WSL have developed a flying device that can land on tree branches to take samples. This opens up a new dimension for scientists previously reserved for biodiversity researchers. Ecologists are increasingly using traces of genetic material left behind by living organisms left behind in the environment, called environmental DNA (eDNA), to catalogue and monitor biodiversity.

Life Sciences - Campus - 18.01.2023
Becoming a lab head
In this new series, we feature FMI alumni and the diverse careers they have chosen after leaving our institute.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 21.12.2022
The Costs of Rationality
Paul Glimcher, co-founder of the field of neuroeconomics and professor at New York University, recently held a keynote speech at UZH.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 16.12.2022
What is life?
What is life?
We posed this question to researchers. In return, we got five intriguing answers from the perspectives of biomedicine, computer science, biology, robotics and philosophy. Life and death within us ''DNA is the building block of life. It contains all the information necessary for life, from reproduction and metabolism to growth and the ability to respond to stimuli.

Life Sciences - 13.12.2022
Time to part: how to produce sex cells with the right number of chromosomes
Time to part: how to produce sex cells with the right number of chromosomes
FMI researchers have honed in on a key process that happens when yeast cells divide to form gametes, which are the equivalents of human sperm and egg.

Health - Life Sciences - 08.12.2022
Biomedical scientist named ETH's new Vice President for Research
Biomedical scientist named ETH’s new Vice President for Research
The ETH Board has appointed Christian Wolfrum as Vice President for Research at ETH Zurich effective 1 January 2023.

Environment - Life Sciences - 07.12.2022

Life Sciences - Physics - 05.12.2022
Mighty proteins keep DNA regions close for longer
Mighty proteins keep DNA regions close for longer
New work by FMI researchers shows that key proteins help to stabilize the interaction between otherwise highly dynamic DNA structures.

Health - Life Sciences - 30.11.2022
Multiple sclerosis therapy improves gut flora
A medication used to treat MS also has a beneficial effect on the composition of the intestinal flora, according to researchers from the University of Basel and the University Hospital Basel. Conversely, the gut flora also plays a role in which side effects occur during treatment with the medication.

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 28.11.2022
The seeds have germinated
The seeds have germinated
For the first time, farmers in the Philippines have cultivated Golden Rice on a larger scale and harvested almost 70 tonnes of grains this October.This nearly never-ending story began at ETH Zurich.

Environment - Life Sciences - 23.11.2022
Adverse outcomes with domino effect
Adverse outcomes with domino effect
Scientists from Eawag, along with researchers from the former Eawag spin-off aQuatox-Solutions and the National Institute of Biology in Slovenia, have won almost 800,000 Swiss francs in the second phase of a contest run by the British Centre for the Replacement of Animals in Research. Countless chemical substances that are in daily use, such as pesticides, pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals, sooner or later find their way into rivers, lakes and groundwater.

Health - Life Sciences - 22.11.2022

Life Sciences - Health - 21.11.2022
Brain-computer interfaces: New technology. More data. Improving lives
Wyss Center symposium at Campus Biotech Tuesday 6 December 13h All welcome Register here Over recent years, research groups and companies have accelerated the development of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) with the goal of restoring movement and communication for people with severe paralysis.

Health - Life Sciences - 10.11.2022
Immune System Reboot in MS Patients
Immune System Reboot in MS Patients
Blood stem cell transplantation is a radical but highly effective therapy for multiple sclerosis. A study led by the University of Zurich has now examined in detail the way in which the treatment curbs the autoimmune disease and how the immune system regenerates afterwards. A better understanding of these mechanisms should help the treatment approach, currently approved in only a few countries, to gain wider acceptance.

Life Sciences - Health - 10.11.2022
A Fountain of Youth for Blood Vessels
A Fountain of Youth for Blood Vessels
Vascular aging is the most common cause of fatal cardiovascular diseases. Can blood vessels be rejuvenated using fat cells? Cardiologist Soheil Saeedi is developing a novel method to do just that.

Life Sciences - Health - 09.11.2022
Latest neural signals recorded with ABILITY brain-computer interface and new details of the system presented at Society for Neuroscience meeting
Latest neural signals recorded with ABILITY brain-computer interface and new details of the system presented at Society for Neuroscience meeting
"These new results are an important step towards demonstrating safety and efficacy of the device while recording and transmitting neural data in real time over a period of months.

Health - Life Sciences - 04.11.2022
Melanoma metastasis: new IRB study
Melanoma metastasis: new IRB study
The study "Subcapsular sinus macrophages promote melanoma metastasis to the sentinel lymph nodes via an IL-1?-STAT3 axis" has been published in the scientific journal Cancer Immunology Research.

Health - Life Sciences - 14.10.2022

Life Sciences - Physics - 12.10.2022

Life Sciences - Health - 11.10.2022
Paul Scherrer Institute and Apollo Health Ventures Launch Focal Biosciences
Paul Scherrer Institute and Apollo Health Ventures Launch Focal Biosciences
The Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and Apollo Health Ventures launched Focal Biosciences.

Life Sciences - Event - 26.09.2022
FMI science prizes - winners 2022
The three FMI internal science prizes are awarded yearly and recognize respectively the best thesis, the best postdoc study and an ingenious new method or tool.

Health - Life Sciences - 23.09.2022
We must face the ethical challenges of engineering life
Scientists have a duty to initiate a dialogue with the public on cellular engineering, says Daniel Müller.

Campus - Life Sciences - 22.09.2022

Environment - Life Sciences - 22.09.2022

Pharmacology - Life Sciences - 21.09.2022

Life Sciences - 19.09.2022

Health - Life Sciences - 19.09.2022
Healthier living in the right light
Healthier living in the right light
It has long been proven that daylight has a positive influence on physical and mental health. Nevertheless, this knowledge is still little used in everyday life and in the clinic.

Health - Life Sciences - 19.09.2022
A healthier life in the right light
It has long been proven that daylight has a positive influence on physical and mental health. Nevertheless, this knowledge is rarely used in everyday life or in clinical practice.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.09.2022
A new research group at the IOR
A new research group at the IOR
On 1 September 2022, a new research group led by Dr Arianna Baggiolini began its activities at the Institute of Oncology Research (IOR) in Bellinzona.

Health - Life Sciences - 04.09.2022
Preparing for future coronavirus variants using artificial intelligence
Preparing for future coronavirus variants using artificial intelligence
Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a method to explore the possibilities of how the pandemic virus could evolve. Thanks to their work, it may be possible to develop antibody therapies and vaccines that are more likely to be effective also against future viral variants. SARS-CoV-2 is constantly mutating and each new variant often catches the world by surprise.

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 25.08.2022
Consortium to develop fully implantable brain-computer interface to enable communication for people with paralysis
Consortium to develop fully implantable brain-computer interface to enable communication for people with paralysis
Project will push the boundaries of real-time brain-to-speech decoding with artificial intelligence algorithms and a miniaturized, wireless device.

Life Sciences - Innovation - 19.08.2022
A machine for sorting zebrafish eggs
A machine for sorting zebrafish eggs
Zebrafish eggs are among the most commonly used model organisms in genetic, developmental and toxicology research.

Life Sciences - Health - 09.08.2022
Biological approaches to combat Legionella
Biological approaches to combat Legionella
Throughout Switzerland, infections with bacteria of the genus Legionella are increasing significantly. Researchers at Eawag have now outlined how the growth of these microbial inhabitants of drinking water systems could be curbed with the help of other organisms. Legionella are bacteria that live in water and can be found in many water pipes, shower heads, ventilation systems, boilers and cooling towers.

Life Sciences - Health - 21.07.2022
Human memory B cells are highly stable while plasmablasts are recurrent
It is known that memory B cells persist throughout life and rapidly differentiate into antibody-producing plasma cells when they encounter antigens.

Life Sciences - Career - 19.07.2022

Health - Life Sciences - 15.07.2022
One for all? A class of antibodies targeting all types of coronavirus
A study conducted by Federica Sallusto's Laboratory (IRB-USI, Bellinzona and ETH Zurich) and David Veesler's Laboratory (University of Washington, Seattle), recently published in Science , describes

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 05.07.2022
Plant-based prawns to protect the marine environment
Plant-based prawns to protect the marine environment
The growth in demand for fish and seafood is harming stocks and valuable ecosystems. In response, food technologist Lukas Böcker and food chemist Severin Eder are developing microalgae-based seafood substitutes in their joint Pioneer Fellowship project.

Life Sciences - 04.07.2022
Major funding award to enhance breeding of laying hens
Major funding award to enhance breeding of laying hens
Open Philanthropy, a foundation based in California, USA, will support animal welfare scientist Michael J Toscano of the University of Bern and industrial collaborators.

Materials Science - Life Sciences - 30.06.2022
Making better use of sugar beet - thanks to Empa know-how
More than 250 million metric tons of sugar beet were harvested worldwide in 2020 and processed into table sugar.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 29.06.2022
Watching how cells deal with stress
Watching how cells deal with stress
FMI researchers developed an imaging approach that allowed them to visualize individual molecules involved in the cell's response to stress. When a cell is exposed to stressors such as toxins, it switches on pathways aimed at repairing damage. One of these pathways is called the 'unfolded protein response', which senses unfolded or misfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum — a cell organelle designated for folding proteins destined to other organelles or to be secreted by the cell.

Environment - Life Sciences - 29.06.2022

Life Sciences - Innovation - 29.06.2022
Startup brings RNA sequencing into the age of big data
Startup brings RNA sequencing into the age of big data
EPFL spin-off Alithea Genomics has developed a system that allows scientists to easily tag bulk RNA samples with molecular barcodes so they can be processed by the hundreds in one single tube. The technology promises to dramatically shorten and streamline sample preparation for RNA sequencing, which will enable new applications for this technology, such as biomarker discovery and drug development.

Life Sciences - Health - 28.06.2022

Life Sciences - Environment - 28.06.2022

Life Sciences - Health - 28.06.2022
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