Gene activity and transcript patterns visualized for the first time in thousands of single human cells

Biologists of the University of Zurich have developed a method to visualize the activity of genes in single cells. The method is so efficient that, for the first time, a thousand genes can be studied in parallel in ten thousand single human cells. Applications lie in fields of basic research and medical diagnostics. The new method shows that the activity of genes, and the spatial or-ganization of the resulting transcript molecules, strongly vary between single cells.
This work was supported by
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How a simple fatty acid molecule can help burn lipids

A team from UNIL and UNIGE financed by the Swiss initiative identifies a gene implied in a mechanism of nutritional adaptation likely to activate lipid oxidization pathways.
This work was supported by RTD Project LipidX.
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22 new projects approved

The decisions related to the 7th call have been made! The Scientific Executive Board (SEB) of together with an expert group of the Swiss National Science Foundation have chosen the most promising proposals for Transition Postdoc Fellowships and Interdisciplinary PhD Projects, respectively. more »


31 new proposals submitted issued its 8th call for proposal in February 2013. The Swiss life science community was invited to submit proposals for Research, Technology and Development Projects and Transfer Projects up until June 30. More than 150 research groups are involved in the 31 submitted project applications. more »


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