Researchers discover the mechanism that prevents damage caused by shortened proteins
The cell contains transcripts of the genetic material, which migrate from the cell nucleus to another part of the cell. This movement protects the genetic transcripts from the recruitment of “spliceosomes”. If this protection does not happen, the entire cell is in danger: meaning that cance ... more
In the future, it may be possible to produce finely structured blood vessels by printing. The chemist and materials scientist Prof. Dr. Leonid Ionov and a research group at the University of Bayreuth are researching the basis for this. The aim: To structure thin polymer layers in such a way ... more
Structural feature may lead to antivirals for the common cold, polio, and other pathogens
Discovery of a new feature of a large class of pathogenic viruses may allow development of new antiviral medications for the common cold, polio, and other illnesses, according to a new study publishing June 11 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Rana Abdelnabi and Johan Neyts of the ... more
Natural products, or their close derivatives, make some of our most potent medicines, among which macrocycles with their large carbon-rich ring systems are one class. The size and complexity of macrocycles has made it difficult to emulate and build on Nature’s success in the laboratory. By ... more
In modern medicine, antibiotics are as important as they are problematic. On the one hand, they are still the only effective treatment option for many diseases; on the other hand, the number of resistant pathogens is on the rise, a situation about which the WHO already raised a serious warn ... more
Influenza A viruses periodically cause severe influenza epidemics. Due to their genetic variability, new subtypes can emerge that are no longer covered by seasonal influenza vaccines. Looking for an effective treatment of such serious influenza infections, researchers of the Paul-Ehrlich-In ... more
ETH researchers have discovered a new mechanism that brain cells use to protect themselves from protein aggregates. Such aggregates play a key role in Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. This new finding might provide the basis for new therapeutic approaches.
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We all know someone affected by the battle against cancer. And we know that treatments can be quite efficient at shrinking the tumor but too often, they can’t kill all the cells, and so it may come back. With some aggressive types of cancer, the problem is so great that there is very little ... more
First psychological test developed to understand excessive gaming behaviour that can lead to 'gaming disorder'
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has just recognised gaming disorder as a new type of mental illness associated with extreme cases of uncontrolled gaming behaviour. The official inclusion of 'gaming disorder' and its definition in the WHO disease catalogue offers new possibilities to stu ... more
A congenital additional finger brings motor advantages
Polydactyly is the extraordinary condition of someone being born with more than five fingers or toes. In a case study published in Nature Communications, researchers from the University of Freiburg, Imperial College London, the University Hospital of Lausanne, and EPFL have for the first ti ... more