Scientists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel were able to show that specifically modified diamonds could work as high precision nanosensors. The researchers used single crystal diamond cantilevers with embedded defects in their crystal lattice structure. In these so called nitrogen-vacancy centers the spin of single electrons can be observed and manipulated. The researchers thereby implemented an experiment that was suggested in theory 10 years ago. The results were published in the renowned scientific journal Physical Review Letters.
Biological membranes are like a guarded border. They separate the cell from the environment and at the same time control the import and export of molecules. The nuclear membrane can be crossed via many tiny pores. Scientists at the Biozentrum and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel, together with an international team of researchers, have discovered that proteins found within the nuclear pore function similar to a velcro. In Nature Nanotechnology they report how these proteins can be used for controlled and selective transport of particles.
Schaulager is currently hosting the most extensive exhibit to date of works by the artist Paul Chan. A visit to the exhibit together with Laurenz professor Dr. Susanne Leeb, who organized a joint seminar together with Chan.
During evolutionary diversification of vertebrate limbs, the number of toes in even-toed ungulates such as cattle and pigs was reduced and transformed into paired hooves. Scientists at the University of Basel have identified a gene regulatory switch that was key to evolutionary adaption of limbs in ungulates. The study provides fascinating insights into the molecular history of evolution and is published by Nature today.
Spiders are traditionally viewed as predators of insects. Zoologists from Switzerland and Australia have now published a study that shows: spiders all over the world also prey on fish. The academic journal Plos One has just published the results.
T cells use a novel mechanism to fight leukemia. They may recognize unique lipids produced by cancer cells and kill tumor cells expressing these lipid molecules. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Basel shows that a tumor-associated lipid stimulates specific T cells, which efficiently kill leukemia cells both in vitro and in animal models.
Every year on June 16, fans of literature all around the world celebrate Bloomsday. On this day, they commemorate the Irish author James Joyce and relive the events of his most famous work, Ulysses. This year, the Department of English is bringing the tradition to Basel with an event featuring sketches, songs and food from the novel. Michelle Witen, Postdoctoral Assistant for English Literature, shares on Joyce, Bloomsday and her passion for Ulysses.
After initially visiting a school psychologist, adolescents in the United States with a mental disorder often go to seek care from their pediatricians or family doctors. Fewer of them continue their treatment directly with a psychotherapist or doctor specialized in mental disorders. This shows an analysis conducted by scientists at the University of Basel that has just been published in the academic journal Plos One. The results are based on a nationally representative cohort of 6,500 U.S. teenagers.
The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) has awarded Prof. Peter Scheiffele from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel and Prof. Denis Jabaudon of the University of Geneva with the Robert Bing Prize 2014. The award, endowed with 60’000 Swiss francs, will be presented to the two neuroscientists on November 20, 2014, in Basel.