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    Small satellites are an exciting option for space projects because their launch costs are low. Before using them for Earth observation or other tasks, however, there are still technical challenges to be met. This is what scientists of the University of Würzburg are currently concerned with.

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    Calcium controls the beating of the heart and is a trigger for heart growth. But how does the heart know when to beat at a faster rate and when to start growing? Researchers have now found an answer to this question. Oliver Ritter, medical scientist at the University of Würzburg, was also involved in the studies.

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    Turkish girls obediently do what their parents tell them to do. And they are eagerly awaiting to play their role as stay-at-home moms – in Germany, stereotypes like these about young Turkish women are quite common. But now, they have been disproved by a study of the University of Würzburg.

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    There are still gaps in our knowledge about the origin and course of complex diseases like multiple sclerosis. Now, researchers of the University of Würzburg have studied the interaction between two important factors – with a clear result.

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    Computers with no need of cooling? They haven’t come into existence yet. However, physicists of the University of Würzburg are paving the way for them: In the American scientific journal “Science”, the researchers now present a semiconductor that transmits electric current without heating up in the process.

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    The inflammatory process in the brain of multiple sclerosis patients is triggered by their own immune system. However, there is one type of immune cells that seems to fight against the destructive progress – and might be used for therapeutic purposes in future.

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    X-rays can be used to image hidden structures such as bones of the human body. But now, a team of Würzburg physicists has succeeded in demonstrating the electronic structure of an interface in a solid for the first time.

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    A sticky layer of proteins covers the malaria parasite during a certain phase of its life-cycle, as was recently shown by scientists from the Research Center for Infectious Diseases of the University of Würzburg. This discovery might be an important step towards the development of vaccines.

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    Umbilical cord blood has a great potential to heal many diseases. A new research cooperation examines how to grow as many stem cells as possible that are responsible for this effect. Initiator and spokesman of this cooperation is the Würzburg stem cell researcher Albrecht Müller. The Federal Government is funding the project with 1.2 million Euros.

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    Due to inflammations, blood vessels may become leaky: Blood plasma leaks into the tissue which might involve serious complications. Researchers from the University of Würzburg have now developed a kind of molecular adhesive sealing hyperpermeable blood vessels.

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    Whether blood, colon or breast cancer: In approximately 80 percent of all tumour diseases, the p53 gene has mutated in human cancer cells. Scientists of the University of Würzburg Biocenter depict the consequences of this in the Cancer Research journal.

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    In the genetic material of a young woman, an international team of scientists has discovered a genetic defect unknown so far. Due to this defect, the human body is not able any longer to repair certain DNA damages.

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    In all vertebrates - and thus also in the human - the heart usually beats on the left side of the body. Why this is the case has not been understood in every detail yet. Developmental biologist from Würzburg now made a crucial step towards the solution of this riddle.

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    When will physicists find the first superconductor that reveals its stunning qualities even at room temperature? It seems there is still a long way to go. Even so, researchers from the University of Würzburg were involved in a discovery which clearly points in one direction.

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    Help for the skin

    03/27/2009

    First the skin blisters. The blisters burst and leave behind sore spots – true gateways for infectious agents. The disease referred to is called pemphigus and can be life-threatening if left untreated. Scientists of the University of Würzburg have made progress in its research.

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