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Fast, sensitive blood tests for use at home

03-Mar-2020

They should be fast, portable and easy to use: blood tests that can be done at home. Having already come up with a prototype, ETH Pioneer Fellow Alexander Tanno is working with doctoral student Yves Blickenstorfer to bring the idea to market. The prototype that Alexander Tanno is holding between ...

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Observing changes in the chirality of molecules in real time

19-Nov-2019

Chiral molecules - compounds that are mirror images of each other - play an important role in biological processes and in chemical synthesis. Chemists at ETH Zurich have now succeeded for the first time in using ultrafast laser pulses to observe changes in chirality during a chemical reaction in ...

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Monitoring the corrosion of bioresorbable magnesium

Better prediction of degradation rate of magnesium implants

28-Oct-2019

ETH researchers have recently been able to monitor the corrosion of bioresorbable magnesium alloys at the nanoscale over a time scale of a few seconds to many hours. This is an important step towards accurately predicting how fast implants are resorbed by the body to enable the development of ...

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Mini-spectrometer: Smaller than a coin

09-Oct-2019

ETH researchers have developed a compact infrared spectrometer. It’s small enough to fit on a computer chip but can still open up interesting possibilities – in space and in everyday life. Nowadays, a mobile phone can do almost anything: take photos or video, send messages, determine its present ...

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Healthy organelles, healthy cells

02-Oct-2019

It has recently become clear just how important membraneless organelles are for cells. Now biochemists at ETH Zurich have discovered a novel mechanism that regulates the formation of these organelles. This has laid the foundation for more targeted research into diseases such as Alzheimer’s or ...

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Artificial intelligence improves biomedical imaging

01-Oct-2019

ETH researchers use artificial intelligence to improve quality of images recorded by a relatively new biomedical imaging method. This paves the way towards more accurate diagnosis and cost-effective devices. Scientists at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have used machine learning methods ...

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Measuring ethanol’s deadly twin

18-Sep-2019

ETH researchers have developed an inexpensive, handheld measuring device that can distinguish between methanol and potable alcohol. It offers a simple, quick method of detecting adulterated or contaminated alcoholic beverages and is able to diagnose methanol poisoning in exhaled breath. Methanol ...

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First all-metamaterial optical gas sensor

03-Sep-2019

Researchers have developed the first fully-integrated, non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) gas sensor enabled by specially engineered synthetic materials known as metamaterials. The sensor has no moving parts, requires little energy to operate and is among the smallest NDIR sensors ever created. The ...

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Revolutionising the CRISPR method

For the first time, new method uses biotechnology to influence entire gene networks in one single step

15-Aug-2019

Researchers at ETH Zurich have refined the famous CRISPR-Cas method. Now, for the very first time, it is possible to modify dozens, if not hundreds, of genes in a cell simultaneously. Everyone’s talking about CRISPR-Cas. This biotechnological method offers a relatively quick and easy way to ...

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Listening to the whispers of individual cells

30-Jul-2019

For the cells in our bodies to function as a unit, they must communicate with one another constantly. They secrete signalling molecules – ions, proteins and nucleic acids – that are picked up by adjacent cells, which in turn pass on the signal to other cells. Our muscles, digestive system and ...

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