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16.06.2017

Bacteria free themselves with molecular “speargun”

Many bacteria are armed with nano-spearguns, which they use to combat unwelcome competitors or knockout host cells. The pathogen responsible for tularemia, a highly virulent infectious disease, uses this weapon to... more

16.06.2017

Distant brain regions selectively recruit stem cells

Stem cells persist in the adult mammalian brain and generate new neurons throughout life. The research group of Prof. Fiona Doetsch at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, reports in the current issue of "Science" that... more

15.06.2017

Gene transfer keeps bacteria fit

The research group of Prof. Christoph Dehio at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has discovered that Bartonella bacteria exchange genes efficiently using a domesticated virus encoded in their genome. As the findings... more

Resistant cancer cells: 3D structure of a drug transporter decoded

In the course of evolution, the human body has developed diverse strategies to protect itself from harmful substances. In the intestine, the placenta and also in the blood-brain barrier are tiny transport proteins, which prevent... more

Award ceremony: Louis-Jeantet Prize for Silvia Arber

The neurobiologist Prof. Silvia Arber is awarded the 2017 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine for her contributions to our understanding of how movement is controlled in mammals. The Louis-Jeantet Foundation grants the sum of CHF... more

Relocation of proteins with a new nanobody tool

The research group of Markus Affolter is investigating the growth of the wings of the fruit fly Drosophila to understand which processes control organ development and growth. Proteins that control such growth processes are the... more

Richard Neher wins the Open Science Prize

Prof. Richard Neher, who was just recently appointed to the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, and Prof. Trevor Bedford competed successfully with their open access website “nextstrain.org” against two other teams in the... more

Michael N. Hall awarded Cancer Research Prize

With the Szent-Györgyi Prize, the American National Foundation for Cancer Research honors Prof. Michael N. Hall at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, for his fundamental contributions to the understanding of critical life... more

Not necessarily harmful: Protein aggregates in the brain

In the past, amyloids have mainly been associated with neurodegenerative diseases. These solid, insoluble protein clumps damage the nerve cells. The research group led by Prof. Martin Spiess at the Biozentrum of the University of... more

A Pfizer Research Prize for the Biozentrum

The Pfizer Research Prize is one of the most prestigious research awards in the field of medicine in Switzerland. This year, the Pfizer Research Prize Foundation has honored 25 researchers with awards. Maria Soledad Esposito and... more

Silvia Arber receives the 2017 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine

The neurobiologist Prof. Silvia Arber is awarded the 2017 Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine for her contributions to our understanding of how movement is controlled in mammals. The Louis-Jeantet Foundation grants the sum of CHF... more

Immune defense without collateral damage

In the human body’s fight against bacterial pathogens, white blood cells are in the front line. They identify and ingest the invaders, and render them harmless using highly toxic substances. It is important that these substances... more

Not too young to be a researcher - kids@science at the Biozentrum

The kids@science study week at the University of Basel, introduced in 2008, is very popular among the young researchers. This year, some 120 school children have applied to participate. At the end of January, 81 will receive an... more