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2013-12-06 11:09:42

Researchers at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, discover how tumor cells solve the problems linked to the replication of their unstable DNA Genomes must be replicated in two copies during cell division. This process occurs at structures called 'replication forks', which are equipped with enzymes and move along the separated DNA strands. In tumor cells, the replication forks are frequently damaged, giving rise to breaks in the double-stranded DNA. An international study led by Thanos...

2013-09-16 11:33:23

European scientists, led by researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE)'s Faculty of Medicine in the context of the GEUVADIS project, today present a map that points to the genetic causes of differences between people. The study, published in Nature and Nature Biotechnology, offers the largest-ever dataset linking human genomes to gene activity at the level of RNA. Understanding how each person's unique genome makes them more or less susceptible to disease is one of the biggest...

2013-06-18 23:17:17

PlanetSolar is in New York City as part of its DeepWater Expedition 2013 Tour. New York, NY (PRWEB) June 18, 2013 In support of Swiss contributions to scientific research, technological innovation and sustainability, the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York is pleased to welcome the world´s largest solar boat, Switzerland´s MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, to Manhattan. PlanetSolar is in New York City as part of its DeepWater Expedition 2013 tour with scientists on board...

2012-12-03 16:04:03

Researchers at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, demonstrate that the receptors that bind the toxin of this bacterium control how cell division is oriented Anthrax uses a receptor on the surface of cells to inject its lethal toxins. However, the physiological function of this receptor, named Anthrax Toxin Receptor 2a (Antxr2a), remained unknown until now. A team led by Marcos Gonzalez-Gaitan, a professor at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, in collaboration with Gisou van...

Looking Beyond Space And Time To Cope With Quantum Theory
2012-10-29 09:30:54

Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore Physicists have proposed an experiment that could force us to make a choice between extremes to describe the behavior of the Universe. The proposal comes from an international team of researchers from Switzerland, Belgium, Spain and Singapore, and is published today in Nature Physics. It is based on what the researchers call a 'hidden influence inequality'. This exposes how quantum predictions challenge our best...

Humans Didn’t Often Mate With Neanderthals
2011-09-14 08:56:16

  Modern humans do show some traces of DNA from Neanderthals, but a new study from Swiss researchers suggests that any breeding between the two was a relatively rare event. The new model, based on DNA samples from modern humans in France and China, shows that successful breeding between the two species occurred at a rate of less than 2 percent, according to researchers at the University of Geneva and the University of Berne in Switzerland. The research, published Monday in the...

Powerful Laser Could Help Make Rain One Day
2011-08-31 08:25:39

  Researchers from the University of Geneva report they could soon be able to control when and where rain falls. Using a powerful laser, researchers created water droplets in the air over the Rhone River in Switzerland. Using laser-assisted water condensation, they hope it could one day unlock the secrets of weather cycles and enable humans to make their own weather systems. While ℠cloud seeding´ has existed for some time it is not considered a safe way of creating...

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2011-06-21 05:50:00

Napping on a slowly swinging bed helps us to both fall asleep faster and encourages a deeper sleep than stationary beds, according to findings published in the June 21 issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. "It is a common belief that rocking induces sleep: we irresistibly fall asleep in a rocking chair and, since immemorial times, we cradle our babies to sleep," says one of the study's co-authors, Sophie Schwartz of the University of Geneva. "The goal of our study was twofold,"...

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2011-04-20 10:48:28

Women find men whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers more attractive, according to findings in a study published by the British Royal Society's journal Biological Sciences. Previous studies which were conducted under the banner of evolutionary psychology, suggests that the drivers of human behavior are found in "nature" rather than "nurture," reports AFP. Led by Camille Ferdenzi of the University of Geneva, the new study was designed to find out if women are drawn to the...


Word of the Day
glogg
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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