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    Querschnitte durch das Rückenmark zeigen von links oben nach rechts unten zunehmende Mengen an Entzündungszellen bei Versuchstieren mit intakten Myelinscheiden und einem funktionierenden Immunsystem, bei einem genetischen Defekt und bei zweien. (Foto AG

    There are still gaps in our knowledge about the origin and course of complex diseases like multiple sclerosis. Now, researchers of the University of Würzburg have studied the interaction between two important factors – with a clear result.

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    Schema: Mit dieser H-förmigen Struktur haben Physiker der Universität Würzburg nachgewiesen, dass ihr neuartiges Halbleitermaterial elektrischen Strom leitet und dabei nicht warm wird. Grafik: Mathias Mühlbauer

    Computers with no need of cooling? They haven’t come into existence yet. However, physicists of the University of Würzburg are paving the way for them: In the American scientific journal “Science”, the researchers now present a semiconductor that transmits electric current without heating up in the process.

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    In entzündeten Gehirnregionen von Patienten mit Multipler Sklerose kommen zerstörerisch wirkende T-Zellen vor (rot), aber auch solche mit Schutzfunktion (grün). Das haben Forscher von der Universität Würzburg nachgewiesen. In Grün sichtbar gemacht i

    The inflammatory process in the brain of multiple sclerosis patients is triggered by their own immune system. However, there is one type of immune cells that seems to fight against the destructive progress – and might be used for therapeutic purposes in future.

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    Schematische Darstellung eines Festkörpers aus zwei Oxid-Materialien, an deren Grenzschicht sich ein Elektronengas gebildet hat (grüner Bereich). Physiker der Universität Würzburg haben die Ausdehnung und die Dichte des Elektronengases erstmals präzi

    X-rays can be used to image hidden structures such as bones of the human body. But now, a team of Würzburg physicists has succeeded in demonstrating the electronic structure of an interface in a solid for the first time.

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    Ihre Insektenfarm inspizieren die Würzburger Mikrobiologinnen Gabriele Pradel (rechts) und Nina Simon. Sie züchten Anopheles-Mücken in einem Sicherheitslabor: Die Larven schwimmen in Schalen mit Wasser, die Mücken sind in Käfigen gefangen. Foto: Robe

    A sticky layer of proteins covers the malaria parasite during a certain phase of its life-cycle, as was recently shown by scientists from the Research Center for Infectious Diseases of the University of Würzburg. This discovery might be an important step towards the development of vaccines.

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    Blutstammzellen unter dem Mikroskop

    Umbilical cord blood has a great potential to heal many diseases. A new research cooperation examines how to grow as many stem cells as possible that are responsible for this effect. Initiator and spokesman of this cooperation is the Würzburg stem cell researcher Albrecht Müller. The Federal Government is funding the project with 1.2 million Euros.

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    Wolfgang-Moritz Heupel, wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Universität Würzburg, zeigt den Scan-Kopf eines Rasterkraftmikroskops. Unter anderem mit diesem Gerät ist der Nachweis gelungen, dass speziell konstruierte Peptid-Moleküle die gewünschte W

    Due to inflammations, blood vessels may become leaky: Blood plasma leaks into the tissue which might involve serious complications. Researchers from the University of Würzburg have now developed a kind of molecular adhesive sealing hyperpermeable blood vessels.

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    Doktorandin Mirijam Mannefeld und Professor Stefan Gaubatz in ihrem Labor im Biozentrum der Universität Würzburg. Foto: Robert Emmerich

    Whether blood, colon or breast cancer: In approximately 80 percent of all tumour diseases, the p53 gene has mutated in human cancer cells. Scientists of the University of Würzburg Biocenter depict the consequences of this in the Cancer Research journal.

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    Wenn es im Körper zu wenige RAD50-Proteine gibt, treten typische Veränderungen an den Chromosomen auf: Die Träger der Erbanlagen brechen auseinander oder tauschen untereinander Bruchstücke aus. Letzteres ist auf dem Bild zu sehen. Das mit dem Pfeil ma

    In the genetic material of a young woman, an international team of scientists has discovered a genetic defect unknown so far. Due to this defect, the human body is not able any longer to repair certain DNA damages.

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    Das Herz eines 48 Stunden alten Hühnerembryos

    In all vertebrates - and thus also in the human - the heart usually beats on the left side of the body. Why this is the case has not been understood in every detail yet. Developmental biologist from Würzburg now made a crucial step towards the solution of this riddle.

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    Elektronen im Kraftffeld

    When will physicists find the first superconductor that reveals its stunning qualities even at room temperature? It seems there is still a long way to go. Even so, researchers from the University of Würzburg were involved in a discovery which clearly points in one direction.

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    Help for the skin

    03/27/2009
    Hautzellen sind im Normalfall eng miteinander verbunden (A). Setzt man der Zellkultur Antikörper von einem Patienten mit Pemphigus zu, fällt der Zellverband auseinander (C). Gibt man gleichzeitig mit dem Antikörper das an der Uni Würzburg entwickelte

    First the skin blisters. The blisters burst and leave behind sore spots – true gateways for infectious agents. The disease referred to is called pemphigus and can be life-threatening if left untreated. Scientists of the University of Würzburg have made progress in its research.

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    Professor Helge Hebestreit und Dr. Kristina Roth von der Kinderklinik der Uni Würzburg zeigen einige der Karten, auf denen Bewegungsspiele für Kindergartenkinder beschrieben sind. Foto: Robert Emmerich

    PC, TV & Co see to it that a lot of kids lack exercise – at the cost of their health. In order to incorporate more physical activity into the daily routine of kindergarten kids, a team at the University of Würzburg Paediatric Clinic has developed an exercise programme. The results are encouraging.

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    From Neuburg on the Danube River to Prague, Cracow, Berlin, and back to Neuburg: a tour of more than 1370 miles, covered within three winter months on horseback, on snow-covered trails and mud-clogged routes. In 1536 a Bavarian prince, Otto Henry of Wittelsbach, Count Palatine of Palatinate-Neuburg, and his painter set out for Cracow. The travellers’ tour stops are recorded on large-scale coloured drawings, presenting today the earliest known purlieus of many cities in Bavaria, Bohemia, Poland, Silesia and Saxony. Wuerzburg University Library now invites internet users to trace Otto Henry’s paths on screen.

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