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    Rudi Grebler (l.) und Matthias Schlichting an der Arbeit mit einer Drehtrommel, mit der man die optomotorische Reaktion der Fliege testen kann. (Foto: Verena Dusik)

    The blue-light pigment cryptochrome is important in regulating the circadian clock of many organisms. Scientists have now discovered that in the fruit fly Drosophila it also intervenes in the visual process. The central experiments involved were conducted at the University of Würzburg’s Biocenter.

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    Chronische Schmerzen unklarer Herkunft sind ein typisches Merkmal der Fibromyalgie. Würzburger Medizinerinnen konnten jetzt zeigen, dass dabei bestimmte Nervenfasern geschädigt sind. (Foto: Benjamin Thorn / pixelio.de)

    Fibromyalgia has a reputation as a mysterious illness: The symptoms are diverse, the causes are unknown and the diagnosis is difficult. For the first time, researchers at the University Hospital of Würzburg now have found clear proof of damage to patients' small fibers.

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    In diesem Stadium geht die Larve eines Fuchsbandwurms in den Fuchs über, wenn dieser eine infizierte Maus gefressen hat. In der Mitte der kugeligen Struktur sind schärfer umrissene Krümmungen zu erkennen: Das ist der Hakenkranz, mit dem sich der Bandwu

    For the first time, scientists have mapped the entire genome of four tapeworm species. Their publication in "Nature" magazine reveals new weak spots of the parasites – they seem to be susceptible to standard cancer drugs.

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    (Grafik: Gerd Altmann / pixelio.de)

    For quite a few years now, special classes for gifted students have been implemented at grammar schools in the German states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. Researchers from Würzburg, Trier and Erlangen have studied them to determine whether they live up to expectations. The results are definite.

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    Christiane Drechsler und Professor Christoph Wanner vom Universitätsklinikum Würzburg haben neue Erkenntnisse zur Behandlung von Dialyse-Patienten gewonnen. (Foto: Robert Emmerich)

    A modified blood protein increases the mortality risk in patients undergoing dialysis treatment. This has been reported by researchers from Würzburg and Boston in the journal "Science Translational Medicine". They also have an idea about how the risk factor might be successfully dealt with.

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