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A Nobel Prize technique in the fight against cancer

Genome editing is the ability to modify an organism's genetic information, stored in the DNA. In order to alter the genome, scientists were inspired by a system found in nature called CRISPR/Cas9. It is a primitive immune system found in bacteria that allows them to... click to read more

  • Sofia Spataro | PhD Student at University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 3 min
published on May 5, 2021
Tougher than expected: insulin’s surprising thermostability expands diabetes patients’ hope in tropical countries

Today, people increasingly eat fast food and adopt sedentary habits by sitting long in an office and taking less exercise. This "unhealthy" modern lifestyle has become a risk factor for common diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disorders, and diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic pathological condition characterized... click to read more

  • Sara Pannilunghi | PhD Student at Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Western Switzerland, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 26, 2021
Forced to react: 3D printing can stretch a single cell

A cell is a tiny compartment, the most fundamental architectural unit of life. Like in the context of a whole body, every cell is highly interactive with its surroundings. As a result, cells gather and form functional communities such as tissues and organs. In those communities,... click to read more

  • Marc Hippler | PhD Student at Zoological Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Kai Weißenbruch | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Zoological Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany; Institute of Functional Interfaces, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Martin Bastmeyer | Professor at Zoological Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany; Institute of Applied Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 16, 2021
Is 37.0 °C still a normal body temperature?

Many of us share the same reflex when feeling sick: we measure our body temperature. Indeed, our body raises its internal temperature in response to pathogen infections in order to fight them. The current benchmark for healthy humans, 37.0°C or 98.6°F, dates back to the... click to read more

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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 1, 2021
Awake or dreaming: how brain ‘noise’ tells the difference

We spend almost one-third of our lives asleep, being disconnected from the world and seemingly 'inactive'. But sleeping is not a waste of time – it is essential for maintaining both our body and mind in good shape. Indeed, sleep is an exceptionally complex biological... click to read more

  • Janna D. Lendner | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, United States; Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Center Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 22, 2021