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Creating blood vessels on demand

Researchers discover new cell population that can help in regenerative processes

05-Apr-2019

When organs or tissues are damaged, new blood vessels must form as they play a vital role in bringing nutrients and eliminating waste and it is necessary for organs and tissues to regain their normal function. At present, the injection of growth factors or genetic material into the tissue site of ...

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Crime Scene Schizophrenia – 30 Genes under suspicion

01-Apr-2019

The research group led by Prof. Alex Schier, Director of the University of Basel’s Biozentrum, has identified 30 genes associated with schizophrenia. The team was able to show which pathological changes in the brain and behavioral abnormalities are triggered by these genes. The research team led ...

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Sound the alarm! How injured plant cells warn their neighbors

26-Mar-2019

All organisms can be injured. But what happens when a plant is injured? How can it heal itself and avoid infections? An international research team from the University of Basel and Ghent University has reported on wound reaction mechanisms in plants in the journal Science. Their insights into ...

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Stress hormones promote breast cancer metastasis

14-Mar-2019

It has long been thought that stress contributes to cancer progression. Scientists from the University of Basel and the University Hospital of Basel have deciphered the molecular mechanisms linking breast cancer metastasis with increased stress hormones. In addition, they found that synthetic ...

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Cryo-force spectroscopy reveals the mechanical properties of DNA components

12-Feb-2019

Physicists from the University of Basel have developed a new method to examine the elasticity and binding properties of DNA molecules on a surface at extremely low temperatures. With a combination of cryo-force spectroscopy and computer simulations, they were able to show that DNA molecules ...

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Escort service: The role of immune cells in the formation of metastases

08-Feb-2019

Tumor cells use a certain type of immune cells, the so-called neutrophils, to enhance their ability to form metastases. Scientists have deciphered the mechanisms of this collaboration and found strategies for blocking them. This is reported by researchers from the University of Basel and the ...

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Even psychological placebos have an effect

07-Feb-2019

Placebo effects do not only occur in medical treatment – placebos can also work when psychological effects are attributed to them. Psychologists from the University of Basel reported these findings in the journal Scientific Reports, based on three studies with over 400 participants. Psychotherapy ...

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Engineered T cells promote long-term organ transplant acceptance

16-Jan-2019

Organ transplant rejection is a major problem in transplantation medicine. Suppressing the immune system to prevent organ rejection, however, opens the door to life-threatening infections. Researchers at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum have now discovered a molecular approach preventing ...

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Conversion of breast cancer cells into fat cells impedes the formation of metastases

16-Jan-2019

An innovative combination therapy can force malignant breast cancer cells to turn into fat cells. This can be used to prevent the formation of metastases in mice, as researchers at the University of Basel’s Department of Biomedicine recently reported in the journal Cancer Cell. Tumor cells can ...

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A drug against the formation of metastasis

14-Jan-2019

The most deadly aspect of breast cancer is metastasis. It spreads cancer cells throughout the body. Researchers at the University and the University Hospital of Basel have now discovered a substance that suppresses the formation of metastases. In the journal Cell, the team of molecular ...

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