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    Angriff einer Immunzelle auf eine Nervenzelle

    With diseases such as multiple sclerosis, cells of the immune system attack nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Scientists from the University of Würzburg have now managed to observe and describe this attack in detail.

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    Die roten Flächen mit gesundem Gehirngewebe zeigen es: Mäuse ohne T-Zellen (Rag1-/-) entwickeln kleinere Schlaganfälle als normale Mäuse (WT). Versorgt man Mäuse, denen die T-Zellen fehlen, von außen mit T-Zellen, dann werden beim Schlaganfall wiede

    Strokes are less damaging if certain immune cells are absent in the blood. This previously unknown mechanism will be presented by researchers from the University of Würzburg in the science journal “Blood”.

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    Tracing thoughts

    02/26/2010
    Schnittbild eines menschlichen Kopfes

    When a patient has lost his ability to communicate with his environment, is it possible that he might have retained some level of consciousness? And which technique could assist him in expressing his requests or thoughts? These questions are to be tackled by a new research network coordinated by psychologist Andrea Kübler.

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    Zelle aus einem Blatt der Ackerschmalwand (Arabidopsis thaliana), befreit von ihrer Zellwand (A). Wird auch noch die Zellmembran entfernt, bleibt die große Vakuole übrig (B), die dann für Pumpstrommessungen mit der Patch-Clamp-Technik zugänglich ist.

    If it were not for proton pumps in plants, there would be no acid in wine. These pumps are important generally for plant vitality, as researchers from Würzburg and Heidelberg report in the renowned journal “Proceedings” of the Academy of Sciences in the USA.

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    Rainer Hedrich, Biophysiker von der Uni Würzburg, wurde mit dem renommierten ERC Advanced Grant des Europäischen Forschungsrates ausgezeichnet. (Foto privat)

    Award for biophysicist Rainer Hedrich from the University of Würzburg: the European Research Council has given him a grant of 2.5 million euros for his work. Hedrich intends to use this money to acquire new knowledge about carnivorous plants.

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    Entartete weiße Blutkörperchen (B-Zellen) in einem diffusen großzelligen B-Zell-Lymphom. Rechts oben im Eck ist eine der Krebszellen zu sehen, direkt links daneben eine gesunde B-Zelle. Einen möglichen neuen Ansatzpunkt für die Therapie dieser Krebse

    Researchers have found a possible approach for a new therapy of a malignant tumor of the immune system. They present their research in the scientific journal Nature.

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    Das Blatt eines Eukalyptusbaums, eingespannt in die neuartige Magnetsonde, die die Wasserversorgung von Pflanzen misst. Entwickelt wurde die Sonde an der Universität Würzburg. Foto: Ulrich Zimmermann

    Independent whether we consider grapevines in the vineyard or tomatoes in the greenhouse: how well plants are being supplied with water can be viewed by an innovative magnetic probe that is simply clamped to the leaves. This novel technology promises water savings and reduced soil salination.

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    Über mikroskopisch kleine, regulierbare Poren in ihrer Außenhaut können Pflanzen Kohlendioxid aufnehmen und Wasserdampf abgeben. Die Poren bestehen aus zwei Schließzellen: Wenn diese sich ausdehnen, öffnet sich die Pore (kleines Bild). Fotos: Lehrstu

    Less rainfall, higher temperatures: plants are also suffering the effects of climate change. How, despite this, they survive longer periods of drought is the subject of research by Rainer Hedrich, a biologist at the University of Würzburg.

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    Winzige Türme, hundert Mal dünner als ein menschliches Haar, mit speziellen Eigenschaften: Produziert werden solche Nanostrukturen am Lehrstuhl für Technische Physik der Universität Würzburg. Bild: Monika Emmerling / Adriana Wolf

    Würzburg physicists are global leaders in the creation of sophisticated nanostructures. The fruits of their research could make tap-proof data transmission a possibility in the future.

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    Arbeiten in der Clean Bench (Foto Universität)

    In life and natural sciences, the University of Würzburg is one of the top 100 institutes of higher education in the world. In chemistry, it even sits proudly in 37th place. This is the result of a current ranking of the world’s leading universities.

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    Eine Ameise der Art Camponotus rufipes bei der Brutpflege: Sie hat sich eine Puppe geschnappt und bringt sie an einen Ort, an dem die Temperatur für das Gedeihen der Brut besser ist. Foto: Christoph Kleineidam

    Ants subjected to cool temperatures during their pupal stage differ in tending the brood when compared with fellow workers more generously provided with warmth. It is not only the genes, but also the conditions experienced during individual development that account for flexible behavior.

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    Nervenzellen besitzen große Mengen des Kalzium-Sensormoleküls STIM2, hier mit einem roten Fluoreszenzfarbstoff sichtbar gemacht. Es befindet sich überwiegend in der Region um den blau angefärbten Zellkern und spielt bei Schlaganfällen eine Rolle. Der

    Würzburg researchers have identified a protein that is partly responsible for the death of nerve cells in the brain during a stroke. This will open up new possibilities in therapy.

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    Schreiender Säugling. Foto: Erich Kasten / Pixelio.de

    Comparisons between babies a few days old in France and Germany reveal that even newborns cry in their native language. This means that the ability to actively produce language is present so much earlier than previously assumed.

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    Psychologiegebäude am Röntgenring

    When compared to their European colleagues, they distinguish themselves through their outstanding research and international focus. This is why the psychologists of the University of Würzburg have been placed in the “Excellence Group” alongside nine other German universities in a current “CHE Ranking”.

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    Eine Nanokapsel, made in Würzburg: Tausende von gleichartigen Molekülen (amphiphile Perylenbisimide) drängen sich in wässriger Umgebung zu einer Kapsel zusammen, die mit Bispyren-Molekülen gefüllt ist. Bild: Organische Chemie, Uni Würzburg

    Imitating photosynthesis in plants? If we were to accomplish this, mankind would have a little less to worry about. Chemists from the University of Würzburg have now made progress on the road to achieving artificial photosynthesis.

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