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Prof. Markus Affolter about CRISPR/Cas9

Only a few years ago, the gene scissors CRISPR/Cas9 were discovered. It has revolutionized the scientific world, as it has never been so easy to change the genome of organisms. CRISPR has become a widely used tool in basic research. But what about applications outside basic research? More

Prof. Médéric Diard on social interactions in bacterial communities

To live at the expense of others is harmful to the common welfare. This is also true for the simplest of organisms − bacteria. Therefore, strategies have been developed to keep those who cheat under control. More

Prof. Urs Jenal on the human microbiome

Bacteria, fungi and viruses are usually discreet residents of our bodies, but they influence us throughout our lives. When the harmony in this community – known as the microbiome – is disturbed, allergies, diabetes, bowel inflammation and obesity can ensue. More

Prof. Richard Neher talks about influenza

Every year we are plagued by a new flu epidemic. Richard Neher and his team are investigating the spread and evolution of the flu virus. They also predict which virus is in the starting blocks for the following year. More

Prof. Markus Rüegg on neuromuscular diseases

Simply taking a breath – impossible without muscles. People who suffer from neuromuscular diseases are very aware of this fact. Markus Rüegg investigates these diseases; their causes and how genetic defects affect the muscle cells. More