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The mathematics behind the Ebola epidemic


he Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be spiralling out of control. More than ever, local and global health authorities want to know how the epidemic will develop and, above all, how to prevent it from spreading further. Certain parameters help them to determine this, such as the ...


Making sure antibiotics work as they should


A team of ETH Zurich researchers led by professors Nenad Ban and Ruedi Aebersold have studied the highly complex molecular structure of mitoribosomes, which are the ribosomes of mitochondria. Ribosomes are found in the cells of all living organisms. However, higher organisms (eukaryotes), which ...


Scientists Are Bringing Cells on the Fast Track


During cancer metastasis, immune response cells are moving in a controlled manner through the body. Researchers from the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel discovered novel mechanisms of cell migration by observing cells moving on lines of connective tissue. Their results, ...


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Counting the seconds for immunological tolerance


Our immune system must distinguish between self and foreign and in order to fight infections without damaging the body's own cells at the same time. The immune system is loyal to cells in the body, but how this works is not fully understood. Researchers in the Department of Biomedicine at the ...


Roche purchases shares in tender offer for InterMune, Inc.


Roche and InterMune, Inc. announced that Roche’s wholly owned subsidiary Klee Acquisition Corporation has accepted for payment all shares validly tendered pursuant to its tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of InterMune, Inc. at USD 74.00 per share in cash. The tender offer ...


New defence mechanism against viruses discovered


Researchers have discovered that a known quality control mechanism in human, animal and plant cells is active against viruses. They think it might represent one of the oldest defence mechanisms against viruses in evolutionary history. When it comes to defence against viruses, the immune system ...


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Mice and men share a diabetes gene


A joint work by EPFL, ETH Zürich and the CHUV has identified a pathological process that takes place in both mice and humans towards one of the most common diseases that people face in the industrialized world: type 2 diabetes. This work was conducted in Johan Auwerx's (EPFL) and Ruedi ...


Roche’s RoACTEMRA receives EU approval for use in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (RA)


Roche announced that RoACTEMRA (tocilizumab) has received approval from the European Commission for use in patients with severe, active and progressive RA who previously have not been treated with methotrexate (MTX). Treating the disease at this critical early phase may prevent irreversible ...


Roche announces change in Board of Directors


Roche announced that Arthur D. Levinson has resigned from the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Arthur D. Levinson made this decision so as to avoid any conflict of interest given his role as Chief Executive Officer at Calico. "I would like to thank Art for his many important ...


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Nanoscale assembly line


ETH researchers have realised a long-held dream: based on an industrial assembly line, they have developed a minuscule production line for the assembly of biological molecules. Cars, planes and many electronic products are now built with the help of sophisticated assembly lines. Mobile assembly ...


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