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Potential indicator for the early detection of dementias

09-Aug-2018

Researchers at the University of Basel and the University Hospital Basel have discovered a factor that could support the early detection of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. This cytokine is induced by cellular stress reactions after disturbances of the mitochondria, ...

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Harmless or hormone disorder?

A new test enables a quick diagnosis for drinking by the liter

03-Aug-2018

Drinking excessive amounts of fluids can be a medically unremarkable habit, but it could also signify a rare hormone disorder. A new procedure now enables a fast and reliable diagnosis. Drinking more than three liters per day with the equivalent increase in urination is regarded as too much. This ...

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How to track and trace a protein: Nanosensors monitor intracellular deliveries

20-Jun-2018

Researchers at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum have developed a method for tracing the movement of proteins within the cell. They tagged proteins with tiny nanosensors, so-called nanobodies, which enable the scientists to live track and trace the proteins' pathway through the cell. The ...

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Individual impurity atoms detectable in graphene

17-Apr-2018

A team including physicists from the University of Basel has succeeded in using atomic force microscopy to clearly obtain images of individual impurity atoms in graphene ribbons. Thanks to the forces measured in the graphene’s two-dimensional carbon lattice, they were able to identify boron and ...

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Lab-on-a-chip for tracking single bacterial cells

02-Feb-2018

Researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, together with researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, have set up a novel lab-on-a-chip with accompanying automatic analysis software. As they report in Nature Communications, this integrated setup can be used to study gene ...

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Tracking Down Genetic Influences on Brain Disorders

28-Nov-2017

New findings will help to identify the genetic causes of brain disorders: researchers at the Universities of Basel, Bonn and Cologne have presented a systematic catalog of specific variable locations in the genome that influence gene activity in the human hippocampus. Individual differences in ...

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Discovery of a key regulatory gene in cardiac valve formation

24-May-2017

Researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland have identified a key regulator gene for the formation of cardiac valves - a process crucial to normal embryonic heart development. The heart is the first functional organ that develops in vertebrate embryos. In humans, it starts to beat ...

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Hydrogen bonds directly detected for the first time

16-May-2017

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in studying the strength of hydrogen bonds in a single molecule using an atomic force microscope. Hydrogen is the most common element in the universe and is an integral part of almost all organic compounds. Molecules and sections of macromolecules are ...

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Calcium Induces Chronic Lung Infections

26-Oct-2016

The bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a life-threatening pathogen in hospitals. About ten percent of all nosocomial infections, in particular pneumonia, are caused by this pathogen. Researchers from the University of Basel’s Biozentrum, have now discovered that calcium induces the switch from ...

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Nanowires as Sensors in New Type of Atomic Force Microscope

19-Oct-2016

A new type of atomic force microscope (AFM) uses nanowires as tiny sensors. Unlike standard AFM, the device with a nanowire sensor enables measurements of both the size and direction of forces. Physicists at the University of Basel and at the EPF Lausanne have described these results in the ...

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