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    Bedbugs and their offspring.

    An international team of scientists has managed to sequence the genome of the bedbug. Among them are neurogeneticists from the University of Würzburg's Biocenter. They studied genes that control the circadian clock, secretion and moulting processes.

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    Inhibition of the KDM6 enzymes causes embryo-like cell structures to die (upper right). A comet assay (below) also shows that enzyme inhibition causes accumulated DNA damages: The bigger the "tail" around a cell, the greater the DNA damage.

    In many tumours specific enzymes involved in regulating gene activity are heavily mutated. What effect could that have? Cell researchers from the University of Würzburg have looked into this question.

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    Dr. Elmar Wolf at his desk in the University of Würzburg's Biocenter.

    Molecular biologist Elmar Wolf is interested in proteins which are responsible for the uncontrolled growth of many tumour types. Now the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - DFG) has approved a new Emmy Noether Junior Research Group.

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    Plants can do maths

    01/21/2016
    Insect on a Venus flytrap – it has not snapped shut yet.

    The carnivorous Venus flytrap carefully plans its meals: It can count how often it is touched by an insect to calculate the digestive effort. This discovery has been made by plant scientists of the University of Würzburg.

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    A new method developed at the University of Würzburg allows researchers to shed light on the details of what happens in pathogens and affected host cells during an infection. The image shows human cells (red/blue) infected with Salmonella (green).

    A new approach pioneered by researchers at the University of Würzburg may prove to be a big step forward in the study of the molecular basis of infectious diseases. For the first time, the scientists have shown in detail which genes are activated or repressed in both the pathogen and in the host cell during an infection. The results are published in the journal Nature.

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    BOECs tube formation showing vasculogenesis ability.

    Fighting haemophilia A, a bleeding disorder, with the body's own cells: That is the goal of a new international research consortium led by scientists from Würzburg. The EU funds the project with around €5.5 million.

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    Screenshot of WhatsAnalyzer-website: www.whatsanalyzer.de

    How many messages have been written in my WhatsApp chat? Who sends the most pictures? And who rarely participates in conversations? "WhatsAnalyzer" developed by Anika Schwind and Michael Seufert from the University of Würzburg's Institute of Computer Science now gives the answer to this question.

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    Three parasitic species of cuckoo wasps at the same time have targeted the food provisions in the nests of mason wasps.

    A special camouflage allows parasitic wasps to raid the nests of host species. The affected hosts seem to have responded to that in the course of evolution as Würzburg biologists report.

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    Section through the mammary gland of a mouse. The regions in which the stems cells are located are stained red.

    Researchers from the University of Würzburg have revealed a metabolic pathway that seems to make breast tumors more aggressive. The study will also identify possible targets for new cancers drugs. It has appeared in the renowned journal Cancer Cell.

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    Professor of philosophy Dag Nikolaus Hasse is a new Leibniz laureate.

    It is considered the German equivalent of the Nobel Prize: The internationally renowned Leibniz Prize awarded by the German Research Foundation is endowed with 2.5 million euros. The 2016 laureates now were announced: Professor of Philosophy Dag Nikolaus Hasse is one of them.

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    New model system for aging research: Turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri)

    An international team of researchers has decoded the genome of the turquoise killifish. Biochemist Manfred Schartl from Würzburg was involved in the project. The results are interesting for ageing researchers but also provide insight into the evolution of sex determination.

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    A lot of companies in Germany are having difficulties filling vacancies. On the other hand, many people who have fled war and violence at home want to stay and work here. The University of Würzburg has launched a project to connect refugees and companies more quickly.

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    Everyone probably knows the following situation: You point your finger at something to show it to someone else. But the other person does not get it, sees neither the hedgehog by the road, nor a certain constellation in the sky. Psychologists from the University of Würzburg have found out why pointing gestures are frequently misunderstood.

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    New methods and strategies to investigate central mechanisms of human infections are at the centre of a new Research Training Group at the University of Würzburg. Among others, the scientists use special three-dimensional human tissue models for their experiments.

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    A new research project that looks into the ceremonial rituals of the Hittites is funded with around 8.3 million euros. Daniel Schwemer, Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of Würzburg, is the project leader.

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