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Fighting harmful bacteria with nanoparticles

New weapons against antibiotic resistance

26-Apr-2021

Multi-resistant pathogens are a serious and increasing problem in today's medicine. Where antibiotics are ineffective, these bacteria can cause life-threatening infections. Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich are currently developing nanoparticles that can be used to detect and kill ...

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Designing better antibody drugs with artificial intelligence

20-Apr-2021

Machine learning methods help to optimise the development of antibody drugs. This leads to active substances with improved properties, also with regard to tolerability in the body. Antibodies are not only produced by our immune cells to fight viruses and other pathogens in the body. For a few ...

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Fighting dementia with play

“For the first time, there’s hope that through targeted play we will be able not only to delay but also weaken the symptoms of dementia”

14-Apr-2021

Cognitive motor training helps in the fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia, as demonstrated for the first time in a study by an international team of researchers with ETH Zurich involvement. The training platform used was developed by an ETH Zurich spin-​off. A dementia diagnosis turns the ...

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Voltage from the parquet

Piezoelectric wood can generate electricity through deformation

17-Mar-2021

Researchers at Empa and ETH Zurich have made wood compressible and turned it into a micro-generator. When it is loaded, an electrical voltage is generated. In this way, the wood can serve as a bio-sensor - or generate usable energy. The latest highlight: To ensure that the process does not ...

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The human body as a power plant

16-Mar-2021

The technology developed by the ETH spin-​off Mithras Technology wouldn’t be out of place in a science fiction movie: the user’s own body heat powers what is known as a thermoelectric generator to charge wearables and other electronic devices. Hearing aids are extremely practical. But elderly ...

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Cells as computers

Such reprogrammed cells could perform medical tasks in our bodies, such as diagnosing diseases or providing treatment

10-Mar-2021

Scientists at ETH Zurich are working to develop information-​processing switching systems in biological cells. Now, for the first time, they have developed an OR switch in human cells that reacts to different signals. Biological cells might one day be equipped with artificial genetic programs ...

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Swimming upstream on sound waves

Tiny vehicles are set to be introduced into the human bloodstream, thereby revolutionising the field of medicine

24-Feb-2021

ETH researchers are among the first scientists to have succeeded in propelling microvehicles against a fluid flow using ultrasound. In future, these tiny vehicles are set to be introduced into the human bloodstream, thereby revolutionising the field of medicine. At some point, microvehicles that ...

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Unusual mutation causes defective sperm in boars

ETH researchers have found a gene mutation that causes the sperm of boars to immobilize

04-Feb-2021

In pig farming, natural mating between a boar and a sow has become rare. It is much more common for sows to be artificially inseminated. This is more efficient and facilitates the breeding of pigs with desirable characteristics. Before sows can be artificially inseminated, veterinarians must ...

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Detailed tumour profiling

Better determine which treatment will best match every patient’s cancer and thus be most effective.

25-Jan-2021

As part of a clinical study involving patients from the University Hospitals in Zurich and Basel, researchers are conducting a thorough and highly precise investigation into the molecular and functional properties of tumours. Their goal is to help physicians to better determine which treatment ...

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Magnetic bacteria as micropumps

Precisely transport cancer drugs to a tumor

10-Dec-2020

ETH scientists use magnetic bacteria to control liquids at the micro level. They are already thinking about using them in the human bloodstream for precision delivery of cancer drugs to a tumour. Cancer drugs have side effects, so for many years, scientists have been exploring ways to transport ...

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