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Mapping human brain development

With the help of brain organoids, ETH researchers are investigating gene networks that control the development of different brain regions


Researchers at ETH Zurich are growing human brain-​like tissue from stem cells and are then mapping the cell types that occur in different brain regions and the genes that regulate their development. The human brain is probably the most complex organ in the entire living world and has long been ...


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Monitoring gene activities in living cells

Cell Biopsy instead of cell lysis


Researchers from ETH Zurich and EPFL are expanding the emerging field of single-​cell analysis with a ground-​breaking method: Live-​seq makes it possible to measure the activity of thousands of genes in a single cell without having to isolate and destroy it. Modern biology is increasingly ...


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Hydrogel keeps vaccines alive

ETH Zurich and Colorado-​based start-​up to develop one step towards solving a global issue


Most vaccines require constant refrigeration during shipment to remain effective. An international research team led by ETH Zurich has now developed a special hydrogel that vastly improves the shelf life of vaccines, even without refrigeration. The development could save many lives and lower the ...


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Breaking down plastic into its constituent parts

First step towards genuine plastic recycling


A team of ETH researchers led by Athina Anastasaki have succeeded in breaking down plastic into its molecular building blocks and in recovering over 90 percent of them. A first step towards genuine plastic recycling. The chemical industry has a long tradition of producing polymers. This involves ...


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Like bacteria firing spearguns

A surprising anchoring in the cell


Biologists from ETH Zurich have discovered speargun-​like molecular injection systems in two types of bacteria and have described their structure for the first time. The special nanomachines are used by the microbes for the interaction between cells and could one day be useful as tools in ...


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New drug candidates identified in bacteria

Bacteria show great promise as a source of active ingredients


Using computer-​based genome analysis, researchers at ETH Zurich have now discovered a new class of natural products that might one day serve as antibiotics. Animals, plants, fungi and bacteria – each and every organism carries a whole armoury of chemical compounds that enable it to interact with ...


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Agents between good and evil

Theory of narrow host range of phages challenged: consequences for phage therapy?


Viruses that infect bacteria could one day replace antibiotics because they precisely attack only specific pathogens. Researchers at ETH Zurich are now showing that this is not always the case. This new finding is important because bacterial viruses can transfer antibiotic resistance ...


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AI offers a faster way to predict antibiotic resistance

Huge new data set combines mass spectrometry data with information on antibiotic resistance


A study under co-leadership of the ETH Zurich has shown that computer algorithms can determine antimicrobial resistance of bacteria faster than previous methods. This could help treat serious infections more efficiently in the future. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise all over the ...


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Harnessing the organisation of the cell surface


Scientists at ETH Zurich have developed a new method to determine how proteins are organised on the surface of cells. Insights gained with the technology could lead to the development of novel drugs to fight cancer. Biological cells have multiple functions, and they need to communicate with each ...


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3D printing approaches atomic dimensions

A new electrochemical technique makes the production of complex metallic objects at the nanoscale possible


In recent years 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has established itself as a promising new manufacturing process for a wide variety of components. Dr Dmitry Momotenko, a chemist at the University of Oldenburg, has now succeeded in fabricating ultrasmall metal objects using a new ...


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