Foreign vs own DNA: How an innate immune sensor tells the difference
Scientists at EPFL and the Friedrich Miescher Institute have used cryo-electron microscopy to explain how a DNA-sensing biomolecule that is key to our innate immunity response is inactivated when it comes in contact with the cell’s own DNA.
“You can count yourself lucky when you fail”
Philippe Renaud, an EPFL professor, has just won the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Electrophoresis Society for his exceptional contribution to the fields of dielectric cytometry and nanofluidics. We spoke with him about his career marked by teaching success and scientific innovation.
“This is a time when we must listen to science”
Athanasios Nenes, an EPFL professor and one of the world’s foremost experts in aerosols, was recently made a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in recognition of his exceptional contribution to atmospheric science. An avid proponent of research and knowledge-sharing, Nenes is heavily involved in the study of atmospheric particles and their impact on health, climate and ecosystems – subjects that are more pressing than ever.
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