Through duplication of genetic material cells can acquire new functions. This process may give rise to new cell types with unique properties. A research group at the University of Basel has now been able to demonstrate that gene duplication has generated new cell types in fish, thus supporting a classic theory of evolutionary biology.
A type of cell transformation known as EMT enables cancer cells to break away from the tumor and form metastases elsewhere. However, this process does not always take place in full. Researchers at the University of Basel have now been able to show that tumor cells contribute differently to the formation of metastases and the development of therapy resistance, depending on whether they have undergone full or only partial transformation.
Microplastics are everywhere, even in the most remote places. Where do these tiny pieces of plastic come from? Researchers from the University of Basel and the Alfred-Wegener Institute have shown that it takes precise analysis to answer this question.
In an official ceremony, the University of Basel opened its Dies Academicus for the 561st time and awarded honorary doctorates to an entirely female line-up for the first time ever.
Verbal and sexual assaults – nurses are at a high risk of being attacked by patients in inpatient psychiatry shows a study from the University of Basel. Researchers are now calling for new strategies for violence prevention.
Individuals can also experience feelings of ostracism in the digital world. Researchers from the Universities of Basel and Koblenz-Landau have studied how strongly people’s fundamental psychological needs are affected when they are not tagged on Instagram.
The Swiss National Science Foundation has awarded five new assistant professorships to the University of Basel. The projects supported under the Eccellenza program come from the fields of ophthalmology, psychology, digital humanities, urban studies and neuroscience.
Phages are viruses that infect bacteria. They can also play a role in the fight against antibiotic resistant pathogens. A research team from the University of Basel’s Biozentrum has now compiled a significant phage collection that scientists from around the world can use for research purposes.
Solar energy plays an important role in the fight against climate change as a substitute for fossil fuels. Dye-sensitized solar cells promise to be a low-cost supplement to the photovoltaic systems we know today. Their key feature is the dye sensitizers attached to their surface. Researchers at the University of Basel continue to improve the performance with sensitizers using iron – a commonly available and environmentally friendly metal.
Susan Gasser, professor emeritus of molecular biology at the University of Basel and former director of the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Fribourg.