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    For childhood kidney tumors, scientists from Würzburg and Heidelberg have identified a series of previously unknown genetic causes. In so doing, they are paving the way for improved, customized treatment.

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    Great success for Roland Mitric: The grant worth Euro 1.5 million allows the professor to pursue his research in energy and charge transfer dynamics in complex molecules and nanostructures. This field of research is relevant for solar technology.

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    The inhibition of an inflammatory protein drastically reduces consequential damage following a stroke. This has now been demonstrated by scientists from the University of Würzburg. Their discovery could significantly improve the treatment provided to stroke patients.

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    Why biologists set up coloured soup bowls on Kilimanjaro and how this helps them find out that bees still live at an altitude of 4,550 metres and other interesting facts: New findings in biodiversity research.

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    What role do light-sensitive proteins play in a fungus that attacks rice plants? Researchers from Würzburg and Seville have answered this question: the proteins retard the germination of the fungal spores.

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    Some types of cancer grow incredibly quickly. They have to employ tricks to acquire the nutrients they need for this from their environment. In the quest for new targets for treatment, these tricks are high on the agenda. An international team of scientists has now managed to shed light on crucial details.

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    Malformed ion channels can be the cause of motor disorders. Scientists from Würzburg and Cambridge have now discovered how these channels manage to pass cellular quality control despite being folded abnormally. Their findings have refuted an old dogma.

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    Scientists from the University of Würzburg have been successful in their search for new, better materials to produce organic semiconductors. Their latest development has even broken a world record: It is a better electricity conductor than all other comparable materials.

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    Why do sugar beets contain sugar in the first place? This mystery has finally been solved: Research teams from Germany have identified the responsible sugar transporter. This discovery is a strong impetus to breed enhanced crops.

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    Once again, a generous EU research grant goes to the University of Würzburg. Biochemist Katrin Paeschke is being given a renowned Starting Grant of around EUR 1.5 million for her research by the European Research Council (ERC).

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    Just like Ebola, dengue fever can be fatal. This disease is also caused by a virus for which there is currently no cure and no vaccine. Researchers from Mainz and Würzburg are now proposing potential new active substances.

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    Benign tumors in the pituitary gland are responsible when adrenal gland cells secrete the stress hormone cortisol unchecked. An international team of scientists has now succeeded in mapping out in detail the molecular processes that lie behind this.

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    Researchers from Würzburg and Stony Brook have found a new weak spot in the bacterium that causes tuberculosis: Blocking a specific enzyme involved in the cholesterol catabolism could disable the bacteria.

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    The mutation of a key enzyme results in the secretion of abnormally high levels of cortisol in the adrenal gland. A group of researchers led by Martin Lohse and Davide Calebiro from the Rudolf Virchow Center at the University of Würzburg have now succeeded in mapping out the precise mechanisms. They report on this in the online journal “Nature Communications”.

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    The Gusi Foundation has awarded the Gusi Peace Prize to the professors Gerhard Bringmann (Würzburg) and Virima Mudogo (Kinshasa) and has thus honored them for their scientific achievements in the search for bioactive compounds and for their humanitarian merits for young academics in the Congo.

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