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Health - Life Sciences - 15.06.2022
Custom-fit bacterial blockers
Custom-fit bacterial blockers
Similar to vaccines against the coronavirus, RNA-based antibiotics could decisively advance medicine. Research teams from Würzburg have investigated the requirements they must fulfill to achieve this. In the fight against the corona pandemic, mRNA-based drugs have impressively demonstrated their capabilities.

Health - Life Sciences - 25.05.2022
A potential fountain of youth for the immune system
05/25/2022 In old age, the performance of the immune system decreases, and older people are more susceptible to infections. Research teams from Würzburg and Freiburg have now discovered an approach that could be used to slow down this process. The corona pandemic has made it clear: Older people are more susceptible to infections, suffer from more severe infectious diseases than young people, and they take significantly longer to recover.

Health - Life Sciences - 18.05.2022
On the trail of urinary tract infections
On the trail of urinary tract infections
05/18/2022 The German government is providing about 2.4 million Euros for a new research group in infectious diseases at JMU Würzburg. Dr. Carmen Aguilar will use this grant to search for new therapeutic approaches against one of the most common and recurrent bacterial infections. About every second woman gets a urinary tract infection once in her life, the cause for which is most often the uropathogenic bacterium Escherichia coli (UPEC).

Environment - Life Sciences - 25.04.2022
When male bees don't get lucky
When male bees don’t get lucky
04/25/2022 Do pesticides have anything to do with the decline in bee populations? A research team led by the University of Würzburg has investigated - and found a connection between fenbuconazole and the insects' mating behavior. Bees are among the most important pollinators on earth. They pollinate not only plants with beautiful flowers, but also many crops.

Physics - Microtechnics - 21.04.2022
Microdrones With Light-driven Nanomotors
Microdrones With Light-driven Nanomotors
04/21/2022 Propelling micrometre-sized drones using light only and exerting precise control: Physicists at the University of Würzburg have succeeded at this for the first time. Their microdrones are significantly smaller than red blood cells. A hand-held laser pointer produces no noticeable recoil forces when it is "fired" - even though it emits a directed stream of light particles.

Life Sciences - Health - 05.04.2022
How Herpesviruses Awaken
How Herpesviruses Awaken
Dormant herpesviruses induce their reactivation via a previously unknown cellular mechanism mediated by a viral microRNA. Würzburg researchers show this in the journal "Nature". Eight different herpes viruses are known to date in humans. They all settle down permanently in the body after acute infection.

Health - Life Sciences - 22.03.2022
How sugar promotes inflammation
How sugar promotes inflammation
03/22/2022 Excessive sugar consumption can promote inflammatory processes in the body and facilitate the development of autoimmune diseases. A research team at the University of Würzburg has now deciphered new details of these processes. People who consume sugar and other carbohydrates in excess over a long period of time have an increased risk of developing an autoimmune disease.

Life Sciences - Health - 22.03.2022
New CRISPR Element Regulates Viral Defense
New CRISPR Element Regulates Viral Defense
03/22/2022 Researchers from Würzburg, Freiburg and Leipzig discover a mechanism for prioritizing the immune response in bacteria. What tasks need to be done today, and which is the most urgent? People have to constantly set priorities in their daily life. Bacteria are no different: They too must prioritize when combating viruses with CRISPR.

Life Sciences - Chemistry - 06.03.2022
Shaping up the Genome for Cell Division
Shaping up the Genome for Cell Division
Researchers from Heidelberg and Würzburg have uncovered the inner workings of the molecular machinery that shapes chromosomes during cell division. Our cells perform a marvel of engineering when it comes to packing information into small spaces. Every time a cell divides, it bundles up an amazing 4 metres of DNA into 46 tiny packages, each of which is only several millionths of a metre in length.

Life Sciences - 03.03.2022
What Makes Plants Electrically Excitable
What Makes Plants Electrically Excitable
In humans, only nerves and muscle cells are electrically excitable, whereas in plants almost all cells are. This is due to a sophisticated mechanism in an ion channel of the vacuole. Plant cells use electrical signals to process and transmit information. In 1987, as a postdoc of Erwin Neher in Göttingen, biophysicist Rainer Hedrich discovered an ion channel in the central vacuole of the plant cell, which is activated by calcium and electrical voltage, using the patch-clamp technique (Nobel Prize for Neher and Sakmann 1991).

Physics - Materials Science - 24.02.2022
Revealing New States in 2D Materials
Revealing New States in 2D Materials
02/24/2022 Würzburg researchers have highlighted and quantified a three-fold coupling between exciton, photon, and phonon in a microcavity with embedded two-dimensional materials. Atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) materials can provide highly interesting excitonic properties, which render them an attractive platform to explore polaritonic physics.

Health - Life Sciences - 24.02.2022
Cancer: When viruses and bacteria cooperate
Cancer: When viruses and bacteria cooperate
02/24/2022 Infections with several pathogens simultaneously increase the risk of cervical cancer-these results from a study conducted on artificial 3D tissue models. Patients who develop cervical cancer are often infected not only with the human papillomavirus (HPV) but also simultaneously with the bacterial pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis .

Environment - Life Sciences - 21.02.2022
Beetles in Climate Change
Beetles in Climate Change
02/21/2022 How do canopy insects react to the sudden disappearance of their host tree? A study in the floodplain forests along the river Elbe shows surprising results. As a result of the droughts of recent years, a pronounced tree mortality has been observed in Germany, which has left clearly visible gaps in forests and parks.

Life Sciences - Pharmacology - 18.02.2022
Plants Under Anaesthesia
Plants Under Anaesthesia
02/18/2022 The carnivorous Venus flytrap can be anaesthetised with ether. Some surprising parallels to anaesthesia in humans emerge. Medicine has a broad repertoire of anaesthetics at its medication allows patients to better endure painful treatments or even sleep through them. As early as 1842, ether was first used for a dental treatment in New York.

Environment - Life Sciences - 16.02.2022
Where Wild Honeybees Survive
Where Wild Honeybees Survive
02/16/2022 In northern Spain, wild honeybees use hollow electricity poles as nesting cavities. Natural areas in the surroundings promote the colonies' chances to survive the winter. Until recently, experts considered it unlikely that the honeybee had survived as a wild animal in Europe. In a current study, biologists Benjamin Rutschmann and Patrick Kohl from Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany, show that wild honeybees still exist in the region of Galicia in the northwest of Spain.

Health - Pharmacology - 14.02.2022
Mechanism of Cerebral Venous Thrombosis Discovered
Mechanism of Cerebral Venous Thrombosis Discovered
02/14/2022 Cerebral venous thrombosis is a rare, often severe disease that has been brought to public attention by the Covid 19 pandemic. Researchers have now succeeded for the first time in deciphering a molecular cause of this disease. Cerebral venous thrombosis is a rare form of cerebral circulatory disorder that, unlike classic stroke, more often affects younger people.

Physics - Electroengineering - 11.02.2022
Kagome Metals Baffle Science
Kagome Metals Baffle Science
Toward a new kind of superconductivity: An international team of physicists finds joint appearance of intricate quantum phenomena. Toward a new kind of superconductivity: In the past four years scientists have discovered metals whose crystal structure mimics that of a traditional Japanese woven bamboo pattern: kagome metals.

Life Sciences - Psychology - 10.02.2022
Intelligence - It’s all about connectivity
Human intelligence is closely associated with functional brain networks: The better these networks are developed, the easier it is for the brain to adapt to different tasks, this is shown by a new study of the University of Würzburg. You are just enjoying a nap on the sofa when your son suddenly turns up and asks you to help him with his math homework.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 07.02.2022
Columns Designed from Nanographenes
Columns Designed from Nanographenes
Several layers of nanographenes stacked on top of each other: such functional elements could one day be used in solar cells. Würzburg chemists have paved the way for this. Graphene is a carbon material that forms extremely thin layers. Because of its unusual properties, it is interesting for many technical applications.

Life Sciences - Health - 03.02.2022
A sponge playing in defence
A sponge playing in defence
Bacteria are extremely resourceful when it comes to adapting to a given environment. A team of researchers from Würzburg has now discovered a new trick bacteria use: a kind of sponge that absorbs certain messengers. Each year, at least 1.27 million people die from an infection with bacteria that are resistant to standard antibiotics, a study recently published in the journal The Lancet reveals.
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