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Nuclear Pores Captured on Film

04-May-2016

Using an ultra fast-scanning atomic force microscope, a team of researchers from the University of Basel has filmed “living” nuclear pore complexes at work for the first time. Nuclear pores are molecular machines that control the traffic entering or exiting the cell nucleus. In their article ...

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Yoga and Aquatic Exercise Can Help Combat MS symptoms

04-May-2016

Exercise can have a positive influence on certain symptoms of multiple sclerosis: Patients who do yoga and aquatic exercise suffer less from fatigue, depression and paresthesia, as reported by researchers from the University of Basel and the Psychiatric University Clinics Basel in a joint study ...

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A New Discovery in the Fight against Cancer

Tumor Cells Switch to a Different Mode

02-May-2016

When medication is used to shut off the oxygen supply to tumor cells, the cells adapt their metabolism in the medium term – by switching over to producing energy without oxygen. This observation by biomedical scientists at the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel could be used for ...

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Lonza Reports Record First Quarter

Pharma&Biotech with further uptake in demand

27-Apr-2016

During the first quarter of 2016, Lonza recorded its strongest first quarter in history in terms of sales and earnings. The healthy overall company performance resulted from good results in both the Specialty Ingredients and the Pharma&Biotech segments. “These record-level results in the first ...

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The gates of serotonin

Cracking the workings of a notorious receptor

25-Apr-2016

EPFL scientists have elucidated for the first time how a notoriously elusive serotonin receptor functions with atom-level detail. The receptor transmits electrical signals in neurons and is involved in various disorders, meaning that the discovery opens the way for new treatments. Serotonin is a ...

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Forest Discovery: Trees Trade Carbon Among Each Other

19-Apr-2016

Forest trees use carbon not only for themselves; they also trade large quantities of it with their neighbours. Botanists from the University of Basel report this in the journal Science. The extensive carbon trade among trees – even among different species – is conducted via symbiotic fungi in the ...

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Evolva to co-develop next-generation materials with US Navy

13-Apr-2016

Evolva announced that it has completed a Limited Purpose Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to support the joint development of novel advanced materials with the US Navy. The focus of the efforts supported by this CRADA relate to the development, validation and potential ...

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Microagents with revolutionary potential

The future of cancer treatment

24-Mar-2016

Salvador Pané was on a trolleybus in Zurich one day after work. He was deep in thought when the bus came to a sudden stop because the cable was disrupted. He was struck by an idea: “Why can’t we create a microrobot that generates an electric field wirelessly?” The idea stayed with him and, as a ...

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Mother’s intestinal microbes strengthen newborn babies

21-Mar-2016

Mother’s intestinal microbes prepare her baby for life outside the womb. Swiss scientists found out how it works. The birth of a newborn baby is the ultimate life-event. Babies leave the sterile and sheltered environment of the womb and enter a world teeming with bacteria. After birth all body ...

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Soap bubbles for treating stenosed blood vessels

15-Mar-2016

Liposomes are currently used as drug delivery vehicles but recognized by the immune system. Scientists from the universities of Basel and Fribourg have shown that special artificial liposomes do not elicit any reaction in human and porcine sera as well as pigs. Liposomes are soap-bubble-like ...

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