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Fleming’s method in miniature

02-May-2019

Scientists in the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich in Basel have developed a method with which they can quickly test a very large number of molecules for antibiotic effect. With it, they have already successfully discovered new antibiotic candidates produced by ...

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Bacteria reveal strong individuality when navigating a maze

26-Apr-2019

Researchers from ETH Zurich demonstrate that genetically identical cells exhibit differing responses in their motility towards chemical attractants. Average values hide the full picture when it comes to describing the behaviour of bacteria. Although they are considered the simplest of all life ...

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A biosynthetic dual-core cell computer

18-Apr-2019

ETH researchers have integrated two CRISPR-Cas9-based core processors into human cells. This represents a huge step towards creating powerful biocomputers. Controlling gene expression through gene switches based on a model borrowed from the digital world has long been one of the primary ...

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First bacterial genome created entirely with a computer

The method has the potential to revolutionise biotechnology

03-Apr-2019

Scientists at ETH Zurich have developed a new method that greatly simplifies the production of large DNA molecules containing many hundreds of genes. With this method, they have built the first genome of a bacterium entirely designed by a computer algorithm. The method has the potential to ...

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Major step towards individual cancer immunotherapy

ETH spin-off founded for commercial further development of technique

02-Apr-2019

Medicine has great hopes for personalised cancer immunotherapy. The idea is to have a vaccine prompt the immune system to fight a tumour. Scientists at ETH Zurich have developed a method that allows them to determine which molecules are suited to patient-specific immunisation. Cells belonging to ...

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How AI could spur drug development

29-Mar-2019

Using artificial intelligence in drug design would give pharmaceutical research a boost, says Gisbert Schneider. In the medium term, computers could even carry out experiments autonomously. Designing drugs is a complex and challenging task. How do you create effective new medicines without ...

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A social bacterium with versatile habits

25-Mar-2019

Related individuals of a soil bacterial species live in cooperative groups and exhibit astonishing genetic and behavioural diversity. Many living systems share a fundamental capacity for cooperation. Plants and animals are made up of billions of cells that communicate with one another, carry out ...

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Ocean sink for man-made CO2 measured

18-Mar-2019

An international research project led by scientists from ETH Zurich has determined the amount of man-made CO2 emissions taken up by the ocean between 1994 and 2007. Not all of the CO2 generated during the combustion of fossil fuels remains in the atmosphere and contributes to global warming. The ...

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Platinum nanoparticles for selective treatment of liver cancer cells

15-Feb-2019

In recent years, the number of targeted cancer drugs has continued to rise. However, conventional chemotherapeutic agents still play an important role in cancer treatment. These include platinum-based cytotoxic agents that attack and kill cancer cells. But these agents also damage healthy tissue ...

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How proteins become embedded in a cell membrane

14-Feb-2019

Many proteins with important biological functions are embedded in a biomembrane in the cells of humans and other living organisms. But how do they get in there in the first place? Researchers in the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich investigated the matter. Nearly a ...

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