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    Ist der Rezeptor Latrophilin vorhanden, sind – bildlich gesprochen – die Höhen brillant, die Mitten klar und die Bässe satt. Fehlt der Rezeptor, ist das Signal deutlich schwächer. (Grafik: Robert Kittel und Tobias Langenhan)

    Everything in life is based on the ability to perceive stimuli from the environment and to react to it. Receptors assume an important function. Now, while studying a specific class of receptors, scientists from the University of Würzburg have made an unexpected discovery.

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    Der Weg ist vom Gen zum Protein ist lang und unterliegt vielen Einflussfaktoren. Ein neues Schwerpunktprogramm arbeitet daran, die Details zu entschlüsseln. (Grafik: AG Fischer)

    Eighteen new priority programs were recently approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG); one of these will be coordinated by scientists from the universities of Würzburg and Cologne. Its goal: To answer outstanding questions about the conversion of the information of a gene into a protein.

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    Quer getroffenes Blutgefäß im menschlichen Gehirn, auf dem Integrin alpha-4 nachweisbar ist. Immunfluoreszenzfärbung gegen Integrin alpha-4 (rot) oder den Endothelzellmarker Von-Willebrand-Faktor (grün). Rechts eine Überlagerung beider Bilder; sich

    The creation and progression of multiple sclerosis present scientists with many riddles. Now researchers from the universities of Würzburg and Amsterdam have succeeded in resolving an apparent contradiction in the findings to date. Their work will contribute to a better understanding of the impact of treatments at the so-called blood-brain barrier.

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    Kohleartige, im Wesentlichen aus Kerogen bestehende Lage aus Sedimentgesteinen des Witwatersrand-Beckens in Südafrika – ein extrem selten erhaltener Rest von Matten erster Photosynthese betreibender Mikroben. (Foto: Hartwig Frimmel)

    Many people love jewelry and other items made of gold. They have inconspicuous microbes to thank for this: Three billion years ago they held the noble metal in the Earth’s crust. This is the opinion at least of an expert from the University of Würzburg.

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    Deutsch lernen, Sprachkenntnisse alltagsbezogen vertiefen und einen direkten Zugang zur deutschen Kultur bekommen: Der Sommerkurs für Studierende, deren Muttersprache nicht Deutsch ist.

    Learn German, discover German culture, make new friends and create lasting memories: the University of Wuerzburg would like to welcome external students to the International Summer School for German in August 2015.

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