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Environment - Life Sciences - 09.07.2024
A list of priorities for the protection of biodiversity
A list of priorities for the protection of biodiversity
Biodiversity is dwindling rapidly, while measures to protect it are lagging behind the targets. Only one thing can help: utilising scarce resources as efficiently as possible where they are most effective. The "Lanat-3" research project lays the foundation for this with the help of the latest data and AI-supported models.

Event - Life Sciences - 26.06.2024
Basel honors Prisca Liberali with prestigious Science Prize

Health - Life Sciences - 15.06.2024
Cancer Research and Animal Models
On Saturday, June 15th, the second edition of the National Day of Information on Laboratory Animals will be held. This event is promoted by the Swiss Association of Veterinarians in Industry and Research (SAVIR) in collaboration with the Swiss Society for Laboratory Animal Science (SGV) and Forschung für Leben (FfL).

Life Sciences - 12.06.2024
Inspiring the next generation of scientists
Inspiring the next generation of scientists

Environment - Life Sciences - 05.06.2024
Underwater camera explores microcosms in Lake Zug
Underwater camera explores microcosms in Lake Zug
The Aquascope underwater camera has been installed in Lake Zug. It is the second permanent measuring station for plankton in Swiss water bodies.

Life Sciences - Health - 05.06.2024
3R Prize: human skin cultures to study psoriasis

Health - Life Sciences - 29.05.2024
Leading sleep research continues
Leading sleep research continues
A large-scale interdisciplinary research project on sleep at the University of Bern came to an end this year.

Life Sciences - 28.05.2024
Alternative Pathways for Clearing Misfolded Proteins in Rare Diseases
Alternative Pathways for Clearing Misfolded Proteins in Rare Diseases
Rare diseases like the deficiency of alpha1-antitrypsin or lysosomal storage disorders are caused by degradation of mutant proteins.

Environment - Life Sciences - 27.05.2024
Barbara Jozef wins the Lush Young Researcher Prize
Barbara Jozef wins the Lush Young Researcher Prize

Life Sciences - Health - 24.05.2024
FMI senior group leader Prisca Liberali joins ETH Zurich as professor
FMI senior group leader Prisca Liberali joins ETH Zurich as professor

Environment - Life Sciences - 23.05.2024
Cornelia Twining and Barbora Trubenová appointed assistant professors at ETH Zurich
Cornelia Twining and Barbora Trubenová appointed assistant professors at ETH Zurich

Health - Life Sciences - 16.05.2024
An architectural gem and cutting-edge research facility in Basel
An architectural gem and cutting-edge research facility in Basel
ETH Zurich's new BSS teaching and research building on the Schällemätteli life science campus in Basel will officially open its doors today.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 14.05.2024
A bionanomachine for green chemistry
A bionanomachine for green chemistry
Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI have for the first time precisely characterised the enzyme styrene oxide isomerase, which can be used to produce valuable chemicals and drug precursors in an environmentally friendly manner. The study appears today in the journal Nature Chemistry . Enzymes are powerful biomolecules that can be used to produce many substances at ambient conditions.

Life Sciences - Innovation - 07.05.2024
Digi, Nano, Bio, Neuro - or why we should care more about converging technologies

Environment - Life Sciences - 06.05.2024
Deficits in the ecological state of small Swiss streams
A survey of 99 small Swiss streams reveals that the majority of the studied streams have significant deficits in their ecological condition and can only fulfil their function as a habitat for animals to a limited extent. Insect larvae and other small animals that react sensitively to pesticides are missing in over 70% of the streams examined.

Life Sciences - 03.05.2024
Mechanism of DNA unwinding by MCM8-9 in complex with HROB
Mechanism of DNA unwinding by MCM8-9 in complex with HROB
In a new study published in "Nature Communications" the Cejka laboratory and collaborators identified the molecular mechanisms by which the HROB protein enhances the DNA unwinding function of the MCM8-9 helicase, crucial for DNA repair and replication processes.

Life Sciences - Pharmacology - 25.04.2024
Accelerating the Fight against Malaria - World Malaria Day 2024
Accelerating the Fight against Malaria - World Malaria Day 2024
With over 600,000 deaths in 2022, malaria remains one of the biggest health threats particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Health - Life Sciences - 02.04.2024
Innovative treatment helmet promises advances in the treatment of Alzheimer's
Innovative treatment helmet promises advances in the treatment of Alzheimer’s
The Basel spin-off company Bottneuro is developing a personalized treatment helmet - the Miamind neurostimulator.

Health - Life Sciences - 28.03.2024
A world network to monitor coronaviruses
A world network to monitor coronaviruses
A Swiss collaboration has been designated a member of the WHO's CoViNet network for the detection and surveillance of coronaviruses.

Life Sciences - 22.03.2024
The role of attention in our ability to learn new associations highlighted
The role of attention in our ability to learn new associations highlighted
A study by BEAM researchers, published in "Science of Learning", offers new insights into brain mechanisms linked to differences in associative learning. This research explores how attentional processes influence learning performance, shedding light on our understanding of how the brain works to create relationships between information .

Paleontology - Life Sciences - 18.03.2024
UZH Opens New Natural History Museum with Four Dinosaurs
UZH Opens New Natural History Museum with Four Dinosaurs

Health - Life Sciences - 12.03.2024
Combatting infant malnutrition
Combatting infant malnutrition
Bioengineer Randall Platt engineers bacteria that can assess the state of our guts. It is hoped this non-invasive technique could eventually be used to develop more effective interventions against malnutrition among children in the Global South.

Event - Life Sciences - 08.03.2024
Prisca Liberali receives International Suffrage Science Award
Prisca Liberali receives International Suffrage Science Award

Campus - Life Sciences - 07.03.2024
New appointments at ETH Zurich

Life Sciences - Health - 07.03.2024
New endowed Professorship for Neuromorphic Systems
New endowed Professorship for Neuromorphic Systems

Life Sciences - Health - 29.02.2024
In Conversation with Tom Hutson, PhD, Group Leader

Life Sciences - 22.02.2024
Caring glassfrog fathers have smaller testes
Caring glassfrog fathers have smaller testes
An international team of researchers including the University of Bern shows in a new study that male glassfrogs that care for their offspring have smaller testes than males of species that do not provide any brood care. This indicates an evolutionary trade-off between sperm production and parenting.

Life Sciences - 22.02.2024
Largest study of developmental microRNA dynamics uncovers mechanism of their regulation
Largest study of developmental microRNA dynamics uncovers mechanism of their regulation
Gene expression is controlled by numerous small RNA molecules called microRNAs, or miRNAs. However, specific functions of most miRNAs remain poorly understood. Working in worms, FMI researchers created an encyclopedia of miRNA dynamics during development, uncovering mechanisms of their regulation. The findings help to better understand typical development and may reveal how these tiny molecules contribute to disease when they become dysfunctional.

Health - Life Sciences - 13.02.2024
A new solution for energy transfer to heart pumps
A new solution for energy transfer to heart pumps
Roughly one in two wearers of ventricular assist devices are diagnosed with an infection. The reason for this is the thick cable for the power supply.

Health - Life Sciences - 13.02.2024
Exposing hiding lymphoma cells to the immune system
Exposing hiding lymphoma cells to the immune system
Scientists uncover how cancer cells use certain proteins to shield themselves from immune attacks, offering new treatment perspectives with immediate application. A study led by the group of Didier Trono at EPFL has revealed a crucial survival tactic employed by cancer cells. The scientists have identified a group of proteins, known as "KRAB zinc finger proteins" (KZFPs), that help cancer cells maintain genetic stability and avoid immune system detection.

Life Sciences - Career - 05.02.2024
Congratulations to our 2023 fellows and prize winners

Innovation - Life Sciences - 01.02.2024
New project: Synapsuit

Life Sciences - Health - 25.01.2024
The Wyss Center and partners launch CHF 18 million Lighthouse Partnership to develop smarter therapies for neurologic and mental health disorders based on AI guided neuromodulation

Life Sciences - History / Archeology - 24.01.2024
Rousseau’s herbariums available online
The University of Neuchâtel publishes all of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's herbariums online. The recently inaugurated lesherbiersderousseau.org website brings together the dried plant collections of the Genevan writer and philosopher of the Enlightenment.

Health - Life Sciences - 19.01.2024
Clarifying the cause of Guillain-Barré Syndrome
Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a rare condition in which a person's immune system attacks the peripheral nerves. People affected suffer from muscle weakness and paralysis. A research team led by ETH Zurich has now clarified the mechanism of this autoimmune disease. Patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) face a rare and heterogeneous disorder of the peripheral nervous system that is often triggered by preceding infections and causes severe muscle weakness.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.01.2024
How wounds heal - and cancers grow
There are some striking parallels between how skin wounds heal and how malignant tumours grow. Cell culture can help us understand the mechanisms involved - but animal testing still has a role to play. Picture the scene: you're chopping an onion, and suddenly the knife slips, leaving you with a painful cut on your index finger.

Life Sciences - 09.01.2024
Ticino is exploring new avenues for biomedical research

Health - Life Sciences - 08.01.2024
Methods for bypassing and treating spinal cord injury
Methods for bypassing and treating spinal cord injury
Grégoire Courtine, Jocelyne Bloch and their research team have been breaking new ground in the treatment of neurological disorders for over a decade. Here's a look at some of the promising new therapies they've developed. A video of a Parkinson's patient went viral in early November. It showed how Marc, 62, was able to walk almost normally again - rather than "freezing" at every doorstep - thanks to a neural implant.

Life Sciences - 08.01.2024
Award for animal care technicians working to reduce surplus laboratory animal numbers
Award for animal care technicians working to reduce surplus laboratory animal numbers
The animal caretakers at the Department of Biomedicine at the Mattenstrasse site have succeeded in significantly reducing the number of surplus laboratory animals. After helping to devise breeding programs, raising awareness and improving the culture of communication between researchers and the animal facility, the team has now received the Swiss 3RCC Culture of Care Award in recognition of this successful work.

Life Sciences - Health - 18.12.2023
Discovery of the role of genetics in hepatitis E infection
For the first time, researchers at CHUV's Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and EPFL have shed light on the role of host genetics in the response to hepatitis E virus infection.

Health - Life Sciences - 14.12.2023
Enabling early detection of cancer
Enabling early detection of cancer
Blood cells reveal tumours in the body. Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute achieve an advance with the development of a test for early diagnosis of cancer. The ability to detect a developing tumour at a very early stage and to closely monitor the success or failure of cancer therapy is crucial for a patient's survival.

Health - Life Sciences - 05.12.2023
How wounds heal - and cancers grow
How wounds heal - and cancers grow
There are some striking parallels between how skin wounds heal and how malignant tumours grow. Cell culture can help us understand the mechanisms involved - but animal testing still has a role to play. Picture the scene: you're chopping an onion, and suddenly the knife slips, leaving you with a painful cut on your index finger.

Life Sciences - Environment - 05.12.2023
A forensic look at biodiversity
A forensic look at biodiversity
From the giant blue whale to minuscule microbes, all creatures on this earth continuously shed traces of their DNA. These clues help researchers to determine the degree of biological diversity. ETH doctoral candidate Anish Kirtane stands in the middle of the River Limmat near the Werdinsel island, below the city of Zurich, wearing a large pair of rubber boots.

Astronomy / Space - Life Sciences - 04.12.2023
In search of life
In search of life
Sascha Quanz searches for traces of life on extrasolar planets orbiting alien stars. The astrophysicist believes that gaining an understanding of life and its origin on Earth is an important stepping stone. Our Earth was formed around 4.5 billion years ago, and fossil evidence of life can be found in rocks that are over 3.5 billion years old.

Life Sciences - Campus - 13.11.2023
In remembrance of Thomas Hohn
In remembrance of Thomas Hohn

Life Sciences - Physics - 27.10.2023
Two ERC Synergy Grants for researchers
Two ERC Synergy Grants for researchers

Life Sciences - Computer Science - 25.10.2023
Charlotte Soneson: embracing the command line

Life Sciences - 18.10.2023
Do bacteria make you fat? Marie Heim-Vögtlin Prize for Maria Luisa Balmer
Do bacteria make you fat? Marie Heim-Vögtlin Prize for Maria Luisa Balmer
The winner of this year's Marie Heim-Vögtlin Prize is Maria Luisa Balmer. The SNSF is awarding her the prize for her research into intestinal bacteria and their role in the development of diabetes and morbid obesity.

Life Sciences - Health - 12.10.2023
A step closer to a visual prosthesis
A step closer to a visual prosthesis
A research group from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, China and the USA has made a discovery that could form the basis of a new generation of visual prostheses. They have demonstrated that small mammals, known as tupaias, are able to 'see' even when their retina is not stimulated. To achieve this, the neurons in these animals were activated by light pulses, generating visual perceptions in their brains .

Environment - Life Sciences - 04.10.2023
In the fast lane thanks to genome recycling
In the fast lane thanks to genome recycling
In just 16,000 years, more than cichlid 500 species, distributed throughout the entire food web, have evolved in Lake Victoria. This explosion of biodiversity was made possible by repeated cycles of fusion and diversification in evolutionary lineages, as researchers from Eawag and the University of Bern have described in the "Science" and "Nature" journals.
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