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The motor neuron is connected to the synaptic endplate on the muscle fiber.

Protein coronin 1 in neurons within the amygdala of the brain.

3D model of several HCN potassium channels arranged side by side.

Cells of an individual neural stem cell lineage in the developing brain of Drosophila.

The Biozentrum of the University of Basel is one of the worldwide leading institutes for molecular and biomedical basic research and teaching.

In the training of top qualified scientists for the future to work in universities, industry and the community, the Biozentrum emphasizes a strong research orientation and the close guidance of its students.

The Cichlids’ Egg-Spots: How Evolution Creates new Characteristics

The evolution of new traits with novel functions has always posed a challenge to evolutionary biology. Studying the color markings of cichlid fish, scientists of the Biozentrum and the Department of Zoology, University of Basel, were now able to show what triggered these evolutionary innovations, namely: a mobile genetic element in the regulatory... more

Barcodes for nerve cells

How does the human brain establish its functional diversity? Prof. Peter Scheiffele’s research group at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel has demonstrated that so-called alternative RNA splicing generates some 1400 different variants of the membrane protein neurexin. The manifold combinatorial possibilities of these molecules function like... more