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    Taj Mahal - beim Anblick dieses prächtigen Gebäudes denken die meisten Menschen sofort an Indien. Ansonsten ist das Wissen über Indien eher wenig ausgeprägt. Foto: André Reinhold / Pixelio.de

    A Center for Indian Studies is being set up at the University of Würzburg. The Federal Ministry of Research and Education is backing the venture with EUR 460,000.

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    Kinderhände mit verschiedenen Hautfarben. Foto: Dieter Schütz / Pixelio.de

    First-graders readily include children from other cultures in their social interaction. This is the outcome of the country’s first study into the integration of migrants in this age group. The study was coordinated by the University of Würzburg.

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    Sex in der Maisblüte: Pollenschläuche (rot gefärbt) wachsen zu den Samenanlagen, um dort die unbeweglichen männlichen Spermazellen zur Befruchtung der Eizellen freizusetzen. Bild: Universität Regensburg

    Sperm swim to egg cells and fertilize them – at least that is what happens in people. In many flowering plants, however, the sperm cells are immobile. So, how do they reach their destination? Researchers from Würzburg and Regensburg know the answer.

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    Ulrike Kutay (Foto privat)

    At present, cell biologist Ulrike Kutay still works at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). Now she has received the highest-endowed international research award in Germany. Thus, Kutay is soon to continue her studies as Alexander von Humboldt professor at the University of Würzburg.

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    Eine Tumorzelle (rot) wandert durch ein Kollagengewebe (grau). (Foto: Peter Friedl)

    Tumors disappear if you inhibit the genes responsible for their formation. Previously, any suggestions as to why they behave in this way were nothing more than theories. Researchers at the University of Würzburg now present concrete evidence, confirming a long-held assumption in this matter.

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    Wurzelhaar einer Pflanze mit angreifenden Bakterien (grün). Foto: Dirk Becker

    The tiniest fragments of bacteria are enough to trigger a defense response from plants to parasites. Researchers from the universities of Würzburg and Basel are now able to describe the molecular details of this response.

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