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A new role for vitamin B6 in plants

10-Feb-2016

Vitamin B6, which exists in different natural forms called vitamers, is essential for all living organisms, as it participates in numerous aspects of cells’ everyday life. Researchers from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and collaborators have discovered an unexpected role for this ...

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More detailed analysis of how cells react to stress

09-Feb-2016

Stress in the body’s cells is both the cause and consequence of inflammatory diseases or cancer. The cells react to stress to protect themselves. Researchers at the University of Zurich have now developed a new technique that allows studying a fundamental response to stress in much more detail ...

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New insights into the function of the main class of drug targets

05-Feb-2016

About thirty percent of all medical drugs such as beta-blockers or antidepressants interact with certain types of cell surface proteins called G protein coupled receptors. In collaboration with researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute, the group of Prof. Stephan Grzesiek at the Biozentrum of ...

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The device with the fine nose

02-Feb-2016

When it comes to measuring the smallest traces of volatile chemical compounds in the air, the analysis devices in Pablo Sinues' laboratory are among the most sensitive in the world. They can find the proverbial needle in a haystack: the detection limit for airborne volatile compounds is around a ...

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Interneuron plasticity ensuring long-term memory formation

27-Jan-2016

Understanding learning and memory processes is of fundamental importance to the study of brain function and provides valuable insights for disorders where these processes are disturbed. The current study of Pico Caroni from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, identifies ...

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Cytos Biotechnology Ltd. is renamed Kuros Biosciences Ltd.

Kuros Biosurgery Holding Ltd. closes merger with Cytos Biotechnology Ltd.

21-Jan-2016

Kuros Biosciences Ltd. announced the closing of the acquisition of Kuros Biosurgery Holding Ltd. and the change of name of the combined company to Kuros Biosciences Ltd. Starting 20 January 2016 all 508'432'244 Kuros Biosciences Ltd. shares are listed and freely tradable under the ticker symbol ...

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First etanercept biosimilar approved in the European Union

Biogen will manufacture and commercialize BENEPALI® in the EU

19-Jan-2016

The joint venture between Biogen and Samsung BioLogics, Samsung Bioepis, has been granted European Commission (EC) approval for BENEPALI ® , an etanercept biosimilar referencing Enbrel ®. BENEPALI has been granted marketing authorization in the European Union (EU) for the treatment of adults with ...

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Gloop from the deep sea

19-Jan-2016

This animal has done everything right. It has been around for 300 million years, outlived the dinosaurs and survived the catastrophic meteorite impact, warm phases and glacial periods. Even today, it continues to populate the sea at depths where it eats carrion and hunts prey. The Atlantic ...

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'Metal' drugs to fight cancer

23-Dec-2015

Pharmaceutical research can be difficult and frustrating. Often, one happens to synthesize a molecule without knowing exactly what kind of therapeutic effect it will have (if it ever will have any). "It is rare for someone to develop a new active drug already knowing what mechanism it will ...

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Architecture of mTOR Protein Complex Solved

22-Dec-2015

For a long time it has been known that the protein TOR – Target of Rapamycin – controls cell growth and is involved in the development of diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Researchers at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum together with scientists from ETH Zurich have now examined the ...

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