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    Researcher Katalin Karikó receives a prestigious award from Würzburg.

    With her research, biochemist Katalin Karikó laid the foundation for the development of RNA vaccines against the coronavirus. Now she is being honoured for this by the Würzburg Societas Physico-Medica.

    The JMU main building

    The prestigious Shanghai Ranking counts the University of Würzburg among the top 250 universities in the world. In Germany, the University is on 11th place.

    The Flux Polymers team: Joachim Schramm, Robert Luxenhofer and Anita Luxenhofer (from left).

    The start-up Flux Polymers, which has its roots at the University of Würzburg, offers a simple and easy solution to keep plastic surfaces free of bacteria. Recently, it has found an investor and can now start its operational business.

    Model of the sensor film for measuring the material load of air and space vehicles in flight. On the right, the trophy with which this idea was awarded.

    Using a sensor film to monitor how well aircraft and spacecraft withstand the mechanical stresses of flight: Würzburg researchers have received a prize for this idea, which comes with a lot of money.

    The award-winning computer scientist Martin Sträßer and Professor Samuel Kounev showing the certificate awarded for the outstanding Master's thesis.

    In his master's thesis, computer scientist Martin Sträßer developed an early warning system for performance problems in webshops. He received an award for this work.

    Illustration of an optically excited qubit under pressure.

    A new type of atomic sensor made of boron nitride is presented by researchers in "Nature Communications". The sensor is based on a qubit in the crystal lattice and is superior to comparable sensors.

    A nocturnal dung beetle climbing atop its dung ball to survey the stars before starting to roll.

    Light pollution makes it difficult for dung beetles to find their way. This is probably also true for other nocturnal insects and birds, as researchers suspect.

    A peptide hormone not only provides energy, but also helps to balance activity and rest in the fruit fly Drosophila.

    In the fruit fly Drosophila, a hormone helps to balance rest and activity. This is shown by a new study of a research team led by the University of Würzburg. Might humans have a hormone with comparable function?

    At the centre of Centaurus A is a black hole with the mass of 55 million suns. This is the place where a massive jet is born.

    Centaurus A, one of the closest active galaxies to Earth, belongs to the brightest objects in the sky. An international team has now imaged the heart of Centaurus A in unprecedented detail. Scientists from the University of Würzburg were involved.

    Visualisation of the new DFG research group's holistic approach: observations (right) and theoretical modelling (left) of jets are combined on the smallest and largest scales.

    The super-energetic jets that shoot out of black holes are in the focus of a new DFG research group. The researchers are being funded with 3.6 million euros.

    The genetic material of the thale cress comprises around 125 million base pairs. A team from the University of Würzburg has now taken a closer look at three million of them.

    The characteristics of plants of the same species can have different genetic causes depending on their origin. This is shown by a recent study at the University of Würzburg.

    Remote control for stomatal movement. Green light can activate the GtACR1 channel in guard cells that surround an open pore (left). Active GtACR1 channels release chloride ions, which automatically also causes the efflux of potassium ions and the release of water (middle). Because of slackening of the guard cells the stomatal pores in the leaf surface close (right).

    Plant researchers have a potent new tool at disposal: In the journal Science Advances, a research team from Würzburg shows how to close the stomata of leaves using light pulses.


    Do I Buy or Not?

    Shopping trolleys

    Würzburg psychologists have studied the phenomenon of impulse buying behaviour. People who focus on enjoyment act differently than people who play it safe.

    You can imagine transcription as an obstacle race in which the RNA polymerase has to overcome a number of hurdles. It is particularly difficult for it if the "rider" - the protein SPT6 - is missing.

    mRNA plays a key role in the conversion of genetic information from DNA to proteins. Their production is a delicate process. A research team at the University of Würzburg has now identified a crucial factor.

    When plants are flooded for a long time, they suffer damage. Würzburg researchers are investigating what happens in plant cells during flooding.

    If plants are flooded, they lack oxygen and their cells over-acidify. A sensor protein detects this and triggers a stress response. Researchers have now presented details about this topic in the journal Current Biology.