How bacteria fight osmotic stress

Researchers at the ETH Zurich have identified a previously unknown bacterial defense mechanism against the osmotic stress caused by changing salt concentrations. Using a newly developed metabolomics approach, the scientists discovered that quinones can increase the mechanical stability of the cytoplasmic membrane of E. coli. Their role in this defense mechanism represents a novel cellular function for quinones.
This research was supported by RTD Project MetaNetX.
Read the article published in Nature Chemical Biology »


Mit mathematischen Modellen Schizophrenie erkennen

Forschern der ETH und Universität Zürich ist es gelungen, anhand von mathematischen Modellen verschiedene Subtypen von Schizophrenie zu identifizieren. Das bereitet den Weg für zukünftige präzisere Diagnosen und gezieltere Therapien.
Diese Forschungsarbeit wird von unterstützt (RTD-Projekt Neurochoice).
weiter zum Newsbeitrag der ETH Zürich »


Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences awarded to Michael N. Hall

Michael N. Hall, Professor at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and co-PI of two RTDs (YeastX and MERIC), has been honored with a Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. He and his team discovered the protein Target of Rapamycin (TOR), which regulates both cell growth and size. The Breakthrough Prizes, also called the "Oscars of Science", are supported with three million dollars, sponsored by some of the biggest names in the tech industry. Read the press release published by the University of Basel »


USI joins

In late November, the Board of Directors unanimously decided to accept the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) as a new partner institution. With the addition of USI, gains a partner with an excellent reputation in the fields of immunology, molecular modeling and computational sciences, and extends the systems biology research network into Ticino.


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