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    Targeting Platelets

    05/25/2018
    Mikroskopische Aufnahme einer Zelle, von der sich junge Blutplättchen abschnüren. (Bild: Rudolf-Virchow-Zentrum)

    New Collaborative Research Centre for Würzburg and Tübingen: The aim is to decode the insufficiently understood functions of platelets. These blood cells are likely to be involved in many more diseases than previously thought.

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    Farbige Mikroskopie-Aufnahmen, die Zellen mit normalen (grüne Punkte) und abnormalen (gelbe Punkte) Stressgranula zeigen. (Foto: AG Buchberger)

    When cells become stressed, they activate specific response patterns. Würzburg researchers have identified new details of these responses, which can help to get a better understanding of neurodegenerative diseases.

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    Der Kupferfarbene Buntgrabläufer (Poecilus cupreus). (Foto: Fabian Bötzl)

    A high abundance of flowering grasslands in agricultural landscapes is beneficial: These grasslands provide shelter for predatory beetles and spiders and help farmers control pests.

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    Ants do not always take the shortest route when they are in a hurry. Their navigational system occasionally makes them take detours to speed up their journey.

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    The effects of climate change are felt especially in the Alps. How capable are insects, which are important pollinators, of adjusting to this development? A new junior research group is looking into this question.

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