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    Grafische Darstellung der Einzelzellanalyse mittels scSLAM-seq.

    Würzburg Scientists have precisely followed the activity of thousands of genes in individual cells for hours. For the first time, they were able to show why some cells are successfully infected by viruses, whereas others are not.

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    Die Venusfliegenfalle erkennt die Größe ihrer Beute. Zu kleine Insekten (links) sind nicht in der Lage die nötige Kraft aufzubringen, um das sensorische Haar der Pflanze zu stimulieren (rechts) und damit den Fangmechanismus auszulösen.

    Venus flytraps are capable of detecting the movements of even the smallest insects. This mechanism protects the plant against starving from hyperactivity as a new study conducted by scientists from Würzburg and Cambridge reveals.

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    Der Buchdrucker ist in heimischen Wirtschaftswäldern ein gefürchtetes Insekt. Die Borkenkäfer-Art kann in kurzer Zeit große Fichtenbestände zum Absterben bringen.

    Bark beetles are currently responsible for killing an unprecedented number of trees in forests across Europe and North America. Researchers are therefore urging to step up research into bark beetles – also in view of climate change.

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    Miriam Bley auf dem Schiedsrichterstuhl

    Alumna Miriam Bley has made an unusual career choice: After completing the teachers training programme at university, she decided to work as a professional tennis umpire and travels from court to court today.

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    Ein Dungkäfer (Scarabaeus lamarcki) navigiert mit seinem Dungball durch die südafrikanische Savanne.

    When the South African dung beetle rolls its dung ball through the savannah, it must know the way as precisely as possible. Scientists have now discovered that it does not orient itself solely on the position of the sun.

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    JMU-Präsident Professor Alfred Forchel (mitte) bei der Verleihung der Ehrendoktorwürde in Haifa mit Technion-Präsident Professor Peretz Lavie (links) und Technion-Vizepräsident Professor Adam Schwartz. Foto: Doron Shaham, Technion

    A renowned physicist and good friend of Israel: Prof. Dr. Alfred Forchel, the President of the University of Würzburg, has received a special honour in recognition of his research and commitment to international research partnerships.

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    Zellen teilen sich nach der Aktivierung von YAP (grüne Färbung) – aber nur, wenn der MMB-Proteinkomplex intakt ist. Bild: AG Gaubatz

    When two proteins work together, this worsens the prognosis for lung cancer patients: their chances of survival are particularly poor in this case.

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    Das Würzburger Team des Projekts Wascal-DE Coop (von links): Steven Hill, Lisa Schramm, Dr. Michael Thiel, Mengjie Warmuth und Dr. Sarah Schönbrodt-Stitt.

    A research centre in West Africa examines strategies to address the climate change. Its German partner is the University of Würzburg; the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding the initiative with 3.7 million euros.

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    Die Aktivität des Ionenkanals TPC1 in der Vakuolenmembran (gelb) ist für die elektrische Erregbarkeit der Vakuole essentiell. Links eine Pflanzenzelle, in der Mitte die daraus freigesetzte Vakuole mit Chloroplasten (rot) und einer 3D-Rekonstruktion der TPC1-Kristallstruktur.

    Researchers have filled two knowledge gaps: The vacuoles of plant cells can be excited and the TPC1 ion channel is involved in this process. The function of this channel, which is also found in humans, has been a mystery so far.

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    Eine Frau hält einen Controller für eine Spielekonsole in der Hand. Forscher haben sich gefragt, ob Videospiele dick machen.

    Are children, teenagers and adults who spend a lot of time playing video games really more obese? A meta study conducted with the University of Würzburg has looked into this question. The cliché is true – but only for adults.

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    Max Schmitt ist einer vor zwei gleichberechtigten Geschäftsführern der Würzburger Textagentur Contify.

    He studied German philology at the University of Würzburg and will never forget discussing his first term paper with his prof. Today, Max Schmitt manages a text agencies and loves playing with words.

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    Professor Hakan Kayal neben dem Mondteleskop.

    On the moon flashes and other enigmatic light phenomena can be observed again and again. With a new telescope, a professor at the University of Würzburg wants to get to the bottom of these phenomena.

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    Zu einem gesundheitsfördernden Umgang mit digitalen Technologien will der bayerische Forschungsverbund ForDigitHealth beitragen.

    Through the research network ForDigitHealth, five Bavarian universities are jointly researching the stress that digitisation causes in humans. The Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts is funding this initiative with 3.35 million euros.

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