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In a quantum dot formed in a two-dimensional gas in a semiconductor wafer, to electron is trapped. However, the electron moves in space and, with different probability, corresponding to a wave function, stops at certain locations within the trap (red ellipses). Using the gold gates applied electric fields, the geometry of this wave can be changed. (Image: University of Basel, Department of Physics)

How does a single electron looks in an artificial atom?

The spin of an electron is a promising candidate for use as the smallest information unit (qubit) of a quantum computer. Controlling and switching...
The lanternfish has bioluminescent organs and an increased number of rhodopsin genes. (Image: Zuzana Musilová, Charles University, Prague)

Deep sea fish can see color in darkness

As many as 10 million species may inhabit the deep sea – biodiversity comparable to the world’s richest tropical rainforests. These species are typically...
A diamond quantum sensor is used to determine the magnetic properties of individual atomic layers of the material chromium triiodide in a quantitative manner. It was shown that the direction of the spins in successive layers alternate in the layers. (University of Basel, Department of Physics)

Unprecedented insight into two-dimensional magnets

The discovery of ferromagnetism in 2D van der Waals (vdW) crystals has generated widespread interest. Making further progress requires quantitative knowledge of the magnetic...
Measured tunneling current and its dependence on the two applied magnetic fields: The fans of red/yellow curves each correspond to a fingerprint of the conducting edge states. Each individual curve separately shows one of the edge states. Credit: University of Basel, Department of Physics

New technique to obtain individual fingerprint of the conducting edge states

Scientists at the University of Basel has recently developed a method that can precisely obtain an individual fingerprint of the current-carrying edge states occurring...
Pre-sorted ortho-water and para-water molecules with differently oriented nuclear spins (blue or red arrows) react with diazenylium ions (center left) at different speeds. (Illustration: University of Basel, Department of Chemistry)

Water is not the same as water

Water exists in 2 different forms with similar physical properties. Now for the first time, scientists at the University of Basel succeed in separating...
Development of cartilage tissue from mesenchymal stem/stromal cells after eight weeks in vivo: Inhibition of the signaling pathway of the protein BMP leads to the maintenance of stable cartilage tissue, indicated by red staining (left). In contrast, the control group shows a development towards bone tissue (right). (Image: University of Basel, Department of Biomedicine)

Scientists succeed in cultivating cartilage from stem cells

By instigating particular sub-atomic procedures happening amid embryonic ligament arrangement, researchers found that it is conceivable to ligament can be created from grown-up undifferentiated...
T-cells: a new method developed by Basel researchers simplifies the genetic modification of T-cells in mice. They are now aiming to transfer the technique to human T-cells.

Effective genetic modification of immune cells

Another technique empowers qualities in living T-cells in mice to be adjusted rapidly and effectively. It makes use of plasmids, an attempted and tried...
Artificial organelles in the scavenger cells of a zebrafish that were made visible by a fluorescent reaction. The fluorescence only occurs when the enclosed peroxidase enzyme is activated and reacts hydrogen peroxide produced by the scavenger cells. The researchers have thus provided evidence that the artificial organelles function in vivo. (Image: University of Basel, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences)

Tiny implants for cells are functional in vivo, study

Scientists at the University of Basel, for the first time, have successfully integrated artificial organelles into the cells of live zebrafish embryos. The approach offers new potential...
Inheritance of the familial erythrocytosis. (Image: University of Basel, Department of Biomedicine)

Inherited mutation leads to overproduction of EPO, study

Researchers from the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel investigated that a newly discovered hereditary mutation is responsible...