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December 23, 2016

Treating cancer with drugs for diabetes and hypertension

A combination of a diabetes medication and an antihypertensive drug can effectively combat cancer cells. The team of researchers led by Prof. Michael...

December 22, 2016

Store and supply – how the brain saves time

Neurons in the brain store RNA molecules – DNA gene copies – in order to rapidly react to stimuli. This storage dramatically accelerates the...

December 02, 2016

Researchers uncover protein-based “cancer signature“

The team led by Prof. Mihaela Zavolan at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has investigated the expression of ribosomal proteins in a wide range of...

November 17, 2016

Walking is bound hand and foot: How long projecting neurons couple the movement of our limbs

We humans walk with our feet. This is true, but not entirely. Walking, as part of locomotion, is a coordinated whole-body movement that involves both...

October 24, 2016

Calcium induces chronic lung infections

The bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a life-threatening pathogen in hospitals. About ten percent of all nosocomial infections, in particular...

October 14, 2016

Michael N. Hall awarded honorary doctorate from the University of Geneva

The University of Geneva has awarded the biochemist Michael N. Hall, from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, an honorary doctorate. With this...

September 16, 2016

Bacterial second messenger switches enzyme into “reverse gear”

The signaling molecule c-di-GMP plays a crucial role in bacterial reproduction. It controls cell division by shifting gears of a key cell cycle enzyme...

September 09, 2016

Bacteria supply their allies with munitions

Bacteria fight their competitors with molecular spear guns, the so-called Type VI secretion system. When firing this weapon they also unintentionally...

July 21, 2016

Cerebrospinal fluid signals control the behavior of stem cells in the brain

Prof. Fiona Doetsch’s research team at the Biozentrum, University of Basel, has discovered that the choroid plexus, a largely ignored structure in the...

July 15, 2016

Protein pairs make cells remember

Even single cells are able to remember information if they receive the order from their proteins. Prof. Attila Becskei’s group at the Biozentrum of...