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Life Sciences - Chemistry - 29.06.2018
Wave fronts and ant trails
Wave fronts and ant trails
Research news Munich physicists have discovered unique patterning phenomena in systems whose parts move actively. Despite identical initial conditions, two different states can coexist and dynamically interconvert. Their findings provide new insights into the variety of biological processes. Bird flocks and bacterial suspensions, but also the dynamic filamentous protein systems that make up the cytoskeleton of eukaryotic cells, have something in common.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 20.06.2018
Producing sensors with an inkjet printer
Producing sensors with an inkjet printer
Research news Microelectrodes can be used for direct measurement of electrical signals in the brain or heart. These applications require soft materials, however. With existing methods, attaching electrodes to such materials poses significant challenges. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now succeeded in printing electrodes directly onto several soft substrates.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 18.06.2018
More than just a good flavor
Research news Not only do citric acid and spicy 6-gingerol from ginger add special flavors to food and beverages; both substances also stimulate the molecular defenses in human saliva. That is the result of a human clinical trial by a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology.

Life Sciences - 06.06.2018
How plants work on the inside
How plants work on the inside
Research news Vascular tissue in plants distributes water and nutrients, thereby ensuring constant growth. Each newly developed cell needs to develop into its respective cell type in the vascular tissue. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered how these cells know which cell type they should develop into.

Health - Life Sciences - 29.05.2018
Unexpected efficacy against aggressive cancers
Unexpected efficacy against aggressive cancers
Research news A new anti-cancer drug may be effective against a wider range of cancers than previously thought. Using a mouse model and samples taken from cancer patients, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has shown that a new class of drugs known as SHP2 inhibitors is also effective against aggressive, hard-to-treat tumors such as lung and pancreatic cancers.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 23.05.2018
In the beginning was the phase separation
In the beginning was the phase separation
Research news The question of the origin of life remains one of the oldest unanswered scientific questions. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now shown for the first time that phase separation is an extremely efficient way of controlling the selection of chemical building blocks and providing advantages to certain molecules.

Health - Life Sciences - 18.05.2018
DFG Funding For Heidelberg Collaborative Research Centres
Heidelberg University succeeded in gaining support from the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the latest approval round, receiving funding for three research networks. Two Collaborative Research Centres (CRC) in Heidelberg Medicine, the "Reactive Metabolites as a Cause of Diabetic Complications" CRC 1118 and the "Integrative Analysis of Pathogen Replication and Spread" CRC 1129, were both extended for a second four-year funding period.

Environment - Life Sciences - 09.05.2018
Mixed forests: ecologically and economically superior
Mixed forests are more productive than monocultures. This is true on all five continents, and particularly in regions with high precipitation. These findings from an international overview study, in which the Technical University of Munich (TUM) participated, are highly relevant for forest science and forest management on a global scale.

Life Sciences - Health - 07.05.2018
Deadly duet
Deadly duet
Research news Pore-forming toxins are common bacterial poisons. They attack organisms by opening holes in cell membranes. A team of scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now unraveled the mechanism of action for one of these toxins. The findings could help combat associated diseases and protect plants from damage.

Life Sciences - Health - 26.04.2018
How Intestinal Cells Renew Themselves
How Intestinal Cells Renew Themselves
The intestine of many organisms must be able to renew itself to recover from environmental insults like bacterial infections. This renewal is made possible by a small number of intestinal stem cells which divide and produce daughter cells throughout their lives. The daughter cells differentiate into highly specialised gut cell types.

Life Sciences - Health - 20.04.2018
Biomarkers for irritable bowel syndrome
Biomarkers for irritable bowel syndrome
Research news Little is still known about the exact causes of irritable bowel syndrome. An international team with significant involvement from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has provided initial clues about the organic triggers of the disease, which affects an estimated one out of six people.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 17.04.2018
The enzyme designers
The enzyme designers
Research news Practically all biochemical processes involve enzymes that accelerate chemical reactions. A research team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now for the first time deciphered the molecular mechanism of the enzyme AsqJ. They see potential applications in the production of pharmaceutically active molecules, for example.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 16.04.2018
Cleavage Product of Alzheimer's Key Protein APP Stimulates Nerve Cell Communication
Cleavage Product of Alzheimer’s Key Protein APP Stimulates Nerve Cell Communication
A cleavage product of the Alzheimer's APP protein stimulates nerve cell communication and memory. The protein fragment, known as APPs', has neuroprotective properties and acts as a signal molecule on other nerve cells. But how does it influence brain functions' An international research team led by Ulrike Müller of Heidelberg University has gained new insights into the molecular mechanism underlying its physiological functions.

Life Sciences - Environment - 10.04.2018
Why some beetles fly on alcohol
Why some beetles fly on alcohol
Research news The Ambrosia beetle looks specifically for drunken trees to nest. Now researchers have found out why he is doing this: it is due to his sophisticated agricultural system. The beetle optimises its harvest with alcohol as a "weedkiller". If on a warm summer's evening in the beer garden, small beetles dive into your beer, consider giving them a break.

Environment - Life Sciences - 19.03.2018
Thawing permafrost produces more methane than expected
Thawing permafrost produces more methane than expected
In a seven-year laboratory study, Dr. Christian Knoblauch from Universität Hamburg's Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN) and an international team have shown, for the first time, that significantly more methane is produced by thawing permafrost than previously thought. The findings, published today Climate Change, make it possible to better predict how much greenhouse gas could be released by the thawing of the Arctic permafrost.

Health - Life Sciences - 12.03.2018
Brown adipose tissue made transparent
Brown adipose tissue made transparent
Research news Brown adipose tissue has played a key role in prevention research since its presence was first documented in adults. However, there was no non-invasive method of measuring its heat generation. A team at the Technical University Munich (TUM) and the Helmholtz Zentrum München has now succeeded in making the activity of brown adipose tissue visible without injecting substances.

Life Sciences - Health - 08.03.2018
Heidelberg Researchers Study Formation of Bacterial Spores
Heidelberg Researchers Study Formation of Bacterial Spores
Bacterial spores store information about the individual growth history of their progenitor cells, thus retaining a "memory" that links the different stages of the bacterial life cycle. This phenomenon was demonstrated in a recent study by an interdisciplinary research team led by Dr Ilka Bischofs at the BioQuant Centre of Heidelberg University.

Health - Life Sciences - 01.03.2018
A neuron can cause a domino effect
A neuron can cause a domino effect
Research news If the sense of smell disappears, this can indicate a disease such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. However, unlike previously assumed, general degenerations in the nervous system do not play a leading role in the loss of the sense of smell with increasing age, but individual nerve cells or classes of nerves are decisive.

Health - Life Sciences - 21.02.2018
Breakthrough for peptide medication
Breakthrough for peptide medication
Research news Peptides, short amino acid chains that control many functions in the human body, represent a billion-dollar market, also in the pharmaceutical industry. But, normally these medications must be injected. A research team led by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now determined how peptides can be designed so that they can be easily administered as a liquid or tablet.

Life Sciences - 14.02.2018
Watching myelin patterns form
Watching myelin patterns form
Research news Nerve fibers are surrounded by a myelin sheath. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now made the first-ever "live" observations of how this protective layer is formed. The team discovered that the characteristic patterns of the myelin layer are determined at an early stage.