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Miraculous proliferation

Bacteria able to shed their cell wall assume new, mostly spherical shapes. ETH researchers have shown that these cells, known as L-forms, are not only viable but that their reproductive mechanisms may even correspond to those ...

dateDec 07, 2016 in Cell & Microbiology
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Starch from yeast

Researchers at ETH Zurich have produced starch in yeast—the first time this has been achieved in a non-plant organism. The new model system now makes it easier for them to investigate how starch is formed and what role ...

dateNov 23, 2016 in Biotechnology
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Award for innovative cell culture technology

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new cell culture method, which may very well enable to forgo certain tests on animals in the future. The scientists were awarded an international prize for more humane treatment ...

dateNov 03, 2016 in Biotechnology
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Hot on the heels of quasiparticles

Electrons in a solid can team up to form so-called quasiparticles, which lead to new phenomena. Physicists at ETH in Zurich have now studied previously unidentified quasiparticles in a new class of atomically thin semiconductors. ...

dateNov 02, 2016 in Quantum Physics
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Measuring forces with oscillations

Researchers at ETH Zurich have discovered a peculiar feature in oscillations similar to that of a child's swing. As a result, they have succeeded in outlining a novel principle for small, high-resolution sensors, and have ...

dateOct 06, 2016 in General Physics
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The microdoctors in our bodies

ETH researchers are developing tiny, sophisticated technological and biological machines enabling non-invasive, selective therapies. Their creations include genetically modified cells that can be activated via brain waves, ...

dateSep 21, 2016 in Robotics
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Brain to robot: "move, please"

Using the power of thought to control a robot that helps to move a paralysed hand: a project from the ETH Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory could fundamentally change the therapy and daily lives of stroke patients.

dateSep 21, 2016 in Robotics
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Heatwaves in the ocean—a risk to ecosystems?

Marine ecosystems are responsible for about half of global annual primary production and more than one billion people rely on fish as their primary protein source. Latest studies show that enormous warm water bubbles in the ...

dateSep 19, 2016 in Environment
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A litmus test of fairness

For example, lay people think that the sickest patients and those on waiting lists should be treated first, while ethicists – and to some degree medical professionals – tend to have a different set of priorities. This ...

dateSep 19, 2016 in Social Sciences
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