Strong Swiss response to first ERASysAPP call
34 proposals by 206 research groups have been submitted in response to the first joint transnational call on “Transferring Systems Biology Knowledge into Applications” from ERA-Net ERASysAPP. A total of 19 Swiss groups contributed to 14 of the submitted proposals. The call, launched in November 2013, aims to encourage collaboration beyond national boundaries. The results of the call are expected to be announced in summer 2014. More information on ERASysAPP calls »
Automated cell type recognition
In a proof-of-concept study, researchers from the University of Lausanne and the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics have achieved automated cell type recognition. This technique could be adapted to the study of several developmental processes, overcoming some of the difficulties of following them at a cellular level.
This work was supported by SystemsX.ch RTD Project Plant Growth.
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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 SystemsX.ch RTD Project MetaNetX.
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Using mathematical models to diagnose schizophrenia
Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have succeeded in identifying various subtypes of schizophrenia using mathematical models. This paves the way for more accurate diagnosis and more targeted treatment.
This work was supported by SystemsX.ch (RTD Project Neurochoice).
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