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Cytomegaloviruses produce 200 proteins and peptides previously unknown to science. (Picture: Thinkstock, Dr_Microbe)

Würzburg researchers have developed a new analysis technique that sheds more light on viral infections. They used the new method to demonstrate that virus-infected cells produce far more infection-related proteins and peptides than previously thought.

Localisation of the ZSK-RNA in motor neurons whose shape was represented by tubulin, a structural protein. (Photo: Hanaa Ghanawi)

Impaired transport processes in neurons contribute to diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (AML). Würzburg scientists have now identified key actors in these processes.


Researchers from Würzburg and London have built the foundations for a new field of nano-optics: they have succeeded in controlling the coupling of light and matter at room temperature.

From the left: Prof. Dr. Cynthia Sharma, Sara Eisenbart, Thorsten Bischler, Belinda Aul from the Institute of Molecular Infection Biology (IMIB) and Prof. Dr. Chase Beisel from the Helmholtz-Institute of RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) in Würzburg. (

The bacterial immune system “CRISPR-Cas9” is known to eliminate invading DNA. Würzburg scientists now discovered that it can also readily target RNA – a result with potentially far-reaching ramifications.

Ulrich Reitz

Business journalist Ulrich Reitz completed the MBA programme "Business Integration" at the University of Würzburg. What he likes most about his job is that it allows him to satisfy his curiosity.

Communication psychologists have studied how the use of social media correlates with academic achievement.

Do teenagers who frequent Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites perform worse academically? Scientists from Würzburg and Bamberg have looked into these worries.

Amazon molly in Aquarium

They reproduce through gynogenesis. Their offspring are clones of the mother. According to established theories, the Amazon molly should have become extinct a long time ago. A new study shows how the fish avoids this fate.

Saskia Czimenga

Saskia Czimenga studied "Political and Social Studies" in Würzburg. Today, she works for an aid organization in Lesotho, a country where nearly one in four adults is HIV positive.

Professor Claudia Höbartner. (Photo: Robert Emmerich)

Claudia Höbartner holds the Chair of Organic Chemistry I at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) in Bavaria, Germany. She studies DNA and RNA, the blueprints of life.

Prof. Dr. Bettina Böttcher in front of Titan Krios, one of the world's most powerful electron microscopes (photo: Gunnar Bartsch)

This year, one of the world's most powerful electron microscopes will start operation at the University of Würzburg, providing images of biological molecules of unparalleled quality.

A look inside the bee's brain

Circadian clocks regulate the behaviour of all living things. Scientists from the University of Würzburg have now taken a closer look at the clock's anatomical structures and molecular processes in the honeybee.

Suche nach neuen Wirkstoffen gegen Tumor- und Infektionskrankheiten aus kongolesischen Pflanzen: die BEBUC-Stipendiaten Blaise Kimbadi Lombe (links) und Jean-Pierre Mufusama, Doktoranden im Labor von Gerhard Bringmann an der Uni Würzburg. (Foto: Florian Seitz)

The German foundation Else‐Kröner‐Fresenius‐Stiftung has again granted the support of the Excellence

Scholarship Program BEBUC for the next three years – it is already the fifth grant in a row. The aim of the

project is to recognize brilliant talents in the Congo and to promote them on their way to a professorship.

The former eye hospital on Röntgenring 12 in Würzburg. (Archive picture: Robert Emmerich)

A cooperation between the Fraunhofer Society and the University of Würzburg will promote medical research: A centre for stem cell process engineering will be established at the former eye hospital.