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12.01.2017

Putting chromosomes through the shredder

When a certain human enzyme is left uncontrolled, it breaks up chromosomes into tiny pieces. This is damaging to cells, but useful for killing tumours. ETH researchers have now come to understand the underlying mechanism. Read more 

10.01.2017

In a simple way to great complexity

ETH microbiologists have succeeded in showing that nature produces one of the most complex known bioactive natural products in a staggeringly simple way. The molecule originates from bacteria living in sea sponges. In future, it may be possible to produce the agent very easily using biotechnology, making it an interesting avenue for cancer research. Read more 

09.01.2017

Scientists pin down the workings of a biological proton pump

Bacteriorhodopsin is a protein that absorbs light and transports protons across cell membranes—a key function of biological systems. But scientists have long puzzled over how it does this, and how it can push protons in a single direction, from the inside to the outside of the cell. Read more 


 
 
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