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In vitro Zoo helps in understanding SARS-CoV-2

Rhesus macaques and cats as potential spillback reservoirs for SARS-CoV-2

21-Jul-2021

A team of researchers from the Institute for Infectious Diseases (IFIK) at the University of Bern and the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) have used a unique collection of advanced cell culture models of cells lining the airways from various domesticated and wildlife animals to ...

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Predicting success in therapy with individualized cancer models

Further step in the direction of individualized medicine

11-Mar-2021

Scientists at Urology Research Laboratory of the Department for BioMedical Research (DBMR), University of Bern and Urology Department of the Inselspital of Bern, have established organoid culture models from prostate tumor biopsies. These are small clusters of cells which can be used to test the ...

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Researchers create sophisticated lung-on-chip

A fully biodegradable life-sized air-blood-barrier

10-Feb-2021

In collaboration with clinical partners from the Inselspital, researchers from the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Research of the University of Bern have developed a second-generation lung-on-chip model with life-size dimension alveoli in a stretchable membrane, made of purely biological material. ...

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Mechanism discovered how the coronavirus hijacks the cell

A starting point for vaccine and drug development

15-Sep-2020

Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Bern have discovered a mechanism by which the corona virus manipulates human cells to ensure its own replication. This knowledge will help to develop drugs and vaccines against the corona virus. Like a pirate hijacking a ship, a virus takes control ...

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Rapid test for the determination of antibodies against Sars-Cov-2

No elaborate biosafety precautions are necessary

03-Aug-2020

To determine immunity to Sars-Cov-2 and the effectiveness of potential vaccines, the amount of neutralising antibodies in the blood of recovered or vaccinated individuals must be determined. A traditional neutralisation test usually takes two to three days and must be carried out with infectious ...

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Cancer control: Structure of important transport protein solved

Discovery of promising binding site

21-Jun-2019

For the first time, Bernese researchers have been able to solve the structure of a transport protein and thus to describe the functional mechanism that plays a significant role in the survival of cancer cells. This is an important step towards developing effective inhibitors and fight tumor ...

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Turbocharger for the cell machinery

14-Jan-2019

The classic molecular-biological narrative has a simple form: Gene-RNA-protein. This is what we learned in school: DNA is transcribed into RNA. In the protein factories (the so-called ribosomes), the RNA serves as a kind of punch card - the proteins are assembled by the machinery exactly ...

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Rosetta’s mass spectrometer ROSINA detected argon at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

29-Sep-2015

The mass-spectrometer ROSINA on ESA’s comet probe Rosetta has for the first time detected the noble gas argon in the coma of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This measurement adds to the debate about the role of comets in delivering various «ingredients» to Earthsuch as water. Comets are considered to ...

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