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    The University of Würzburg has just signed partnership agreements with no fewer than three leading research institutions in India. In so doing, it is intensifying the cooperation that already exists in the areas of life sciences, space technology, and mathematics.

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    Many genes are suspected of being involved in the development of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A Franco-German research group has now examined the role of one of these more closely and discovered clear indications of its complicity.

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    A large number of drugs for cardiac insufficiency, high blood pressure and other conditions take effect by modulating the function of receptors. Researchers from Würzburg, Bonn and Milan have now designed new agents, with which receptors can be finely regulated in a completely novel way.

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    Every two minutes someone in Germany suffers a stroke, yet there are hardly any effective treatments. Scientists from the University of Würzburg are now pursuing a new approach: inhibiting a blood protein seems to mitigate the negative consequences of strokes quite dramatically.

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    Many pathogenic bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. New agents are needed urgently, and the quest for them is also being extended to the ant world. It is here that Würzburg biologists have now made a new discovery.

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    If climate change continues unabated, it is likely to endanger numerous wild bees in high mountains and cooler regions of the globe – with unforeseeable consequences for biodiversity there. This is the conclusion being drawn by scientists from the University of Würzburg’s Biocenter based on their research.

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    Physicists have succeeded in using semiconductor nanostructures to produce single photons electrically and transfer them via a quantum channel. The application of these single photon sources is seen as further progress toward broader use in secure data communication.

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    Broccoli and other plants use mustard oils to ward off pests. These natural substances are also thought to have a preventive effect on cancer. A German-Danish team is now presenting new findings about mustard oils in plant science in “Nature” – with interesting prospects for agriculture.

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    There is an urgent need for better drugs to treat African sleeping sickness. Würzburg scientists have developed a very promising new agent, which is now to be further optimized.

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    To keep the patient free of pain and mobile after surgery: Despite all medical advances, this still represents a major challenge for medicine. An innovative approach in this field has now been presented by scientists from Würzburg, Berlin, Jena and Erlangen.

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    Many wetlands are difficult to observe over a long period. The reason for this is that the volume of water they channel varies all the time. Scientists from the University of Würzburg are now proposing a new method that allows wetland dynamics to be measured for the first time.

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    It is safe to say that no one in the whole world knows as much about the element boron as the team of Professor Holger Braunschweig at the University of Würzburg: The progress of the Würzburg researchers in the boron chemistry is currently published in as many as three top journals.

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    Multiple sclerosis continues to puzzle scientists in all sorts of ways. Now researchers from the University of Würzburg have managed to make some progress in the search for the causes of this disease. They have revealed that in order to avoid greater damage the brain accepts a lesser evil.

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    Once again, Würzburg physicists provide new insights into spintronics: In ultra-thin topological insulators, they have identified spin-polarized currents, which were first theoretically predicted six years ago. They also present a method of application for the development of new computers.

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    New findings on the spin of electrons: In a recent publication, physicists of the University of Würzburg describe the spin architecture of an ultra-thin metal layer on a semiconductor for the first time. This represents yet another step towards high-performing super computers.

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