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    Pioneers from India

    02/05/2014
    Reception for the guests from India.  Persons shown in the photo: Upper row (from left): Alfred Forchel, Jürgen Kreft, Stefan Juranek and Andre Jäger. In front of them (standing): Pritha Ghosh, Subham Pandey and Sudarshan Kumar Kenettinkara. Lower row:

    They did not get a culture shock; the only thing giving them a hard time is the weather. Six Indian scholarship holders are currently on a two-month visit to the University of Würzburg. They are the first Indian students to undertake the journey to the West under the "New Passage to India" program.

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    What does the Chinese flounder have in common with a bird? They have both developed the same mechanism for determining sex over the course of evolution, and have done so completely independently of one another. This is the recent discovery made by an international team of scientists with Würzburg involvement.

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    A bacteria genus living in marine sponges produces so many natural substances that scientists are classifying it as a potent source for new drugs. The bacteria are presented in the journal “Nature”. Würzburg researchers were involved in describing them.

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    If you remove a single atom from a regular lattice of silicon and carbon atoms, the crystal exhibits completely new properties. University of Würzburg physicists, leading experts in this field, have had several impressive successes in their research.

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    All over the world, researchers are working on new treatments for osteoporosis. One potential target is a protein whose structures have now been decoded in detail by scientists from the University of Würzburg. The scientific journal Plos One covers their work in its latest issue.

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    People with multiple sclerosis often have problems with their gait. A drug that can help them is unfortunately only effective in fewer than half of patients. Now medics from the Department of Neurology at the University of Würzburg have developed a method for predicting the success of this treatment.

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    Once again, a highly endowed EU research grant goes to the University of Würzburg. Jürgen Groll conducts research on biomaterials which could usher in new therapeutic approaches in medicine. The European Union is going to fund his work with about two million euros over the coming five years.

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    Viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens trigger changes to cell membranes in humans in the event of an infection. What exactly happens there will be investigated by a new research group at the universities of Würzburg and Duisburg-Essen. They will receive around two million euros for their work.

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    With prize money of up to 2.5 million euros, the Leibniz Prize from the German Research Foundation is considered a kind of German Nobel Prize. The recipients have been announced today; among them, as Bavaria’s sole representative, is a physicist from the University of Würzburg.

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    To constrain individual light particles in a way as to control their movement on computer chips and nanostructures: This might lead to new developments in information technology. University of Würzburg physicists report on their progress in this field.

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    Spider silk fibers are very light, extremely tough and highly stretchable. This makes them interesting for industrial applications. Researchers at the Biocenter of the University of Würzburg have now discovered new details about the proteins of which spider silk consists.

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    Intensive research is being conducted worldwide on a material that promises a revolution in data processing. For the first time ever, physicists have now produced this from a very simple substance – to the sheer amazement of the scientific world.

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    Harmful bacteria can colonize artificial joints or other implants in the body. Researchers from Würzburg and the Netherlands have developed a method for detecting such infections early.

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    In any matter concerning the element boron, the leading experts are likely to be in the team of Professor Holger Braunschweig. His team has now succeeded in initiating a reaction with the help of boron, which could previously only be started with metals. This came as a surprise to the chemists.

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