High human atmospheric nitrogen emissions lead to a reduction of plant diversity.
Every third teenager has suffered from one mental disorder and one physical disease. So, more often than average, depression occurs together with diseases of the digestive system. These findings were reported by researchers from the Universities of Basel and Bochum. Their results based on data from 6,500 teenagers.
Those suffering from depressive symptoms have an increased risk for physical diseases, especially for arthrosis and arthritis.
The infection biologist Petr Broz, Professor at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel, has received one of the highly regarded Career Development Awards from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP).
Neural stem cells are the source of millions of nerve cells and other supporting cells in the brain. A specific form of cell division ensures that both the stem cell pool is maintained and sufficient mature cells are generated simultaneously. Researchers from the Biozentrum of the University of Basel report that brain stem cells utilize two separate pathways to ensure correct asymmetric cell division.
Basel Zoologists discovered a coral reef fish, the dusky dottyback that flexibly adapts its coloration to mimic other fishes and in doing is able to prey on their juvenile offspring. By changing colors, the dusky dottyback also decreases its risk of being detected by predators.
Tularemia, aserious infectious disease, is caused by a highly contagious bacterium which invades the cells of the immune system and replicates within them. Researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel has discovered that so-called guanylate-binding proteins bind to these intracellular pathogens and destroy them, so activating the defense machinery.
Researchers at the Universities of Basel and Valencia have reported important advances in the development of next generation lighting technologies.
Physicists at the University of Basel have shown for the first time that electrons in graphene can be moved along a predefined path. This movement occurs entirely without loss and could provide a basis for numerous applications in the field of electronics.