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    The enzyme NOX4 is responsible for the death of nerve cells following a stroke. This discovery by researchers from the universities of Maastricht and Würzburg and from the Helmholtz Center in Munich offers new possibilities in therapy for a number of illnesses.

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    That plants which store a lot of sugar taste sweet is a known fact. What is new, however, is that these plants also produce a greater yield and have proven to be far more resistant to cold temperatures. Why this happens to be so has now been examined more closely by scientists from the universities of Würzburg and Kaiserslautern.

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    An ion channel that plants use to protect themselves against drying out has been discovered by Würzburg and Zurich researchers. What is special about it is that it functions in a similar way to the ion channels found in people and animals.

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    Low-level radioactive substances are used in medicine for diagnosing cancer, among other things. Progress in this area is the objective of a European project coordinated at the university hospital in Würzburg.

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    Individual molecules and their dynamics can also be made visible in living cells using conventional fluorophores at a resolution of around 20 nanometers. How this is done is being revealed for the first time by researchers from Würzburg, Bielefeld, and New York in the journal “Nature Methods”.

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    Not everyone can tolerate coffee; in some people the caffeine can even trigger symptoms of anxiety. This is down to a small variant in their genetic make-up. Its effect can however be mitigated through regular coffee consumption.

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    The University of Würzburg continues to expand its networking activities with the world’s elite institutes of higher education: it has now concluded a partnership agreement with the renowned Peking University.

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    A crucial role in technical progress is being assigned to correlated solids. How can the properties of these materials best be analyzed? This is the focus of a new research group involving Würzburg physicists.

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    Setting youngsters with violent tendencies on a different path by encouraging them to pursue combat sports and physical experiences in a club setting – this is the goal of the new “Socius” project by the Institute of Sports Science.

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    36 degrees in the shade, little rain for weeks. The maize is not growing, grains are ripening too early. How can plants survive ever-lengthier periods of heat and drought unscathed? This very issue will be examined by a new Bavarian research association involving the University of Würzburg.

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    The University of Würzburg maintains contacts with the renowned University of Tokyo in a variety of areas, such as medicine, biology, chemistry, physics, and IT. This collaboration is set to flourish further, according to a new partnership agreement between the two universities.

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    A Center for Indian Studies is being set up at the University of Würzburg. The Federal Ministry of Research and Education is backing the venture with EUR 460,000.

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    First-graders readily include children from other cultures in their social interaction. This is the outcome of the country’s first study into the integration of migrants in this age group. The study was coordinated by the University of Würzburg.

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    Sperm swim to egg cells and fertilize them – at least that is what happens in people. In many flowering plants, however, the sperm cells are immobile. So, how do they reach their destination? Researchers from Würzburg and Regensburg know the answer.

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    At present, cell biologist Ulrike Kutay still works at ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). Now she has received the highest-endowed international research award in Germany. Thus, Kutay is soon to continue her studies as Alexander von Humboldt professor at the University of Würzburg.

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