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  • How We See the Wolf

    The wolf has returned to Switzerland, and with it come many positive and negative connotations. A new exhibition in the Zoological Museum of UZH provides an in-depth look at this wild animal. 

  • Exit through the lymphatic system

    ETH scientists have disproved a decades-old orthodoxy: cerebrospinal fluid does not leave the cranial cavity via blood vessels, but instead through the lymphatic system.

  • UZH Anthropologists Describe Third Orangutan Species

    Previously, only two species of orangutans were recognized – the Bornean and the Sumatran orangutan. Now, UZH researchers working with an international team have described a new great ape species, the Tapanuli orangutan. 

  • How much does life weigh?

    ETH researchers have developed a scale for measuring cells. It allows the weight of individual living cells, and any changes in this weight, to be determined quickly and accurately for the first time. 

  • Multi-nutrient rice against malnutrition

    A new rice variety developed by ETH researchers could help to reduce micronutrient malnutrition, or «hidden hunger», which is widespread in developing countries.

  • Fighting dehydration with wearables and big data

    Dehydration is one of the most common causes of death among young children in the developing world. ETH researchers have developed a device to treat dehydration more effectively.

  • Large-mouthed fish was top predator after mass extinction

    The food chains recovered more rapidly than previously assumed after Earth’s most devastating mass extinction event about 252 million years ago.

  • Titanium dioxide nanoparticles can exacerbate colitis

    Titanium dioxide, one of the most-produced nanoparticles worldwide, is being used increasingly in foodstuffs. When intestinal cells absorb titanium dioxide particles, this leads to increased inflammation.

  • New bacterial defense mechanism of the CRISPR-Cas system uncovered

    Researchers led by Martin Jinek of the University of Zurich have found an unprecedented defense mechanism by which bacteria defend themselves against invading viruses.

  • Obstacle course for caterpillars

    Spines and thorns keep hungry mammals at bay – or at least, that's the conventional wisdom. However, ETH researchers have now shown that spiky growths on plants make life difficult for caterpillars too.

  • How cats and cows protect farm children from asthma

    It is a known fact that microbes on farms protect children from asthma and allergies. But even non-microbial molecules can have a protective effect.

  • What makes stem cells into perfect allrounders

    Researchers from the University of Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich have discovered the protein that enables natural embryonic stem cells to form all body cells.

  • The eyes have it

    Patients with age-related retinal disease need regular injections in the eye.

  • Fighting fire blight and detecting Salmonella

    ETH researchers have created an effective weapon against the plant disease fire blight and a new method for detection of Salmonella.

  • How killer cells take out tumours

    The use of immunotherapy to treat cancer is celebrating its first successes – but there are still many knowledge gaps in the underlying mechanisms of action.

  • Detailed view of a molecular toxin transporter

    Transport proteins in the cells of our body protect us from particular toxins. Researchers at ETH Zurich and the University of Basel have now determined the 3-D structure of a major human transport protein.

  • Deep Sleep Maintains Learning Efficiency of the Brain

    For the first time, researchers of the University of Zurich and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich have demonstrated the causal context of why deep sleep is important to the learning efficiency of the human brain.

  • The whiff of illness

    Our breath tells us if we are ill or healthy. UZH and ETH Researchers in collaboration have developed a cutting-edge method for diagnosing illness by analysing the exhaled breath.

  • A novel form of iron for fortification of foods

    Whey protein nanofibrils loaded with iron nanoparticles: ETH researchers are developing a new and highly effective way of fortifying iron into food and drinks.

  • Chaining up diarrhoea pathogens

    Researchers have clarified how vaccinations can combat bacterial intestinal diseases.

  • More mosquito species that transmit Zika?

    UZH insect researcher Eva Veronesi investigates whether an exotic species of mosquito living in Switzerland might also transmit Zika virus.

  • Spark Award for fundamental research

    ETH Professor Sabine Werner and her team win the Spark Award 2017 for their groundbreaking new approach to combating viral diseases.

  • Let us out!

    Smartphones, not identification keys; biodiversity, not species memorisation: Environmental scientists’ field trips are now a lot more practical.

  • Molecular structure of the cell nucleoskeleton revealed for the first time

    Using 3D electron microscopy, structural biologists from the University of Zurich succeeded in elucidating the architecture of the lamina of the cell nucleus at molecular resolution for the first time.

  • Using Google to map our ecosystem

    Researchers in the Singapore-ETH Centre’s Future Cities Laboratory developed a method to quantify ecosystem services of street trees.

  • Prospect for more effective treatment of nerve pain

    Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by sharp, lancinating pain in the teeth or facial area. A novel substance inhibits the pain effectively and is well tolerated.

  • Psychotherapy normalizes the brain in social phobia

    Psychotherapy is a central treatment for social anxiety disorder.

  • Tumors as walkable 3D models

    UZH Professor Bernd Bodenmiller is part of an international research team that has won Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge Award.

  • Temperature sensor for artificial skin

    Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a highly sensitive and, at the same time, flexible temperature sensor.

  • Putting chromosomes through the shredder

    When a certain human enzyme is left uncontrolled, it breaks up chromosomes into tiny pieces.

  • A highly paid award in the field of medicine

    ETH structural biologist Nenad Ban receives one of Europe’s most highly paid prizes in the field of medicine.