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    Das Hauptgebäude der Uni Würzburg. (Foto: Daniel Peter)

    The prestigious Shanghai Ranking has placed the University of Würzburg among the world’s top 200 universities – as one of four Bavarian and 15 German universities.

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    Fanconi anemia is a rare genetic disease characterized by high cancer risk. Researchers of the University of Würzburg now have revealed a new Fanconi anemia gene that is involved in complex DNA repair processes and may also play a relevant role in cancer prevention.

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    3D-Modell des Proventrikulus, eines speziellen Organs der Tsetsefliege: Die Verteilung der Trypanosomen ist anhand der fluoreszierenden Zellkerne in Gelb visualisiert. (Bild: Lehrstuhl Zoologie I/eLife)

    Such detailed images of the pathogen that causes sleeping sickness inside a host are unique so far: They illustrate the manifold ways in which the parasites move inside a tsetse fly.

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    Wie ein Raumschiff landet das komplexe Zuckermolekül (bunt) passgenau auf dem Tumorprotein Galectin-1, das hier wie ein Meteorit aussieht und in schwarz-weiß dargestellt ist. (Bild: AK Seibel, VCH-Wiley)

    Scientists from Würzburg have synthesized a complex sugar molecule which specifically binds to the tumor protein Galectin-1. This could help to recognize tumors at an early stage and to combat them in a targeted manner.

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    Das larvale Drosophila Chordotonalorgan, aufgenommen mit dem Rasterelektronenmikroskop. In dieser sensorischen Funktionseinheit wird die Verarbeitung von mechanischen Reizen durch den Latrophilin-Rezeptor moduliert. Maßstab: 10 µm. (Foto: Scholz et al.,

    About two years ago, scientists from Würzburg discovered that a certain class of receptors is capable of perceiving mechanical stimuli. Now they have begun to unravel the molecular mechanisms behind the discovery.

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