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    When matter falls towards the black hole at the center of a galaxy, part of it is accelerated outwards at nearly the speed of light. NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope can be used to observe such so-called jets.

    Some galaxies may have two black holes at their centers. This is shown by the analysis of the gamma rays emitted by them. Würzburg astrophysicist Sara Buson was involved in the study.

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    Effective drugs to treat Covid-19 are in short supply. Scientists at JMU have now identified another compound that, at least in the laboratory, effectively combats corona viruses.

    A standard drug for the treatment of depression might also be effective against Covid-19, a new study by Würzburg scientists shows which has been published on a preprint server.

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    False color scanning electron micrograph of meningococci (orange) adherent to human host cells (green).

    In meningococci, the RNA-binding protein ProQ plays a major role. Together with RNA molecules, it regulates processes that are important for pathogenic properties of the bacteria.

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    They are small, adaptable and dangerous: trypanosomes - seen here in the intestine of the tsetse fly.

    Using a new approach, scientists are applying the techniques of physics to investigate the relationships between parasites and their hosts. The programme is led by the Würzburg cell biologist Markus Engstler.

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    When two species of a natural Xiphophorus population in Mexico mate, their offspring frequently exhibit large black skin lesions that turned out to be melanoma.

    Environmental pollution is responsible for matings between two fish species that usually don't mix. In their offspring, scientists have now identified genes relevant for the development of skin cancer.

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    Picture of a herpes virus

    The genome of the herpes simplex virus 1 was decoded using new methods. Hundreds of previously unknown gene products were found. The virus causes lip herpes, but can also be life-threatening.

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    The main protease (green) is a key molecule that helps the virus to replicate. A suitable drug (in red as a ball-and-stick model) could inhibit the molecule function.

    Dr. Andrea Thorn, a structural biologist from Würzburg, is leading an international coronavirus research network. The results of her work are important for developing vaccines and drugs.

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    Alfred Forchel

    University President Alfred Forchel wishes all students a good start into digital learning. Due to the corona pandemic, the summer semester will initially take place without classroom teaching.

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    The distribution of the glutamate receptor mGluR4 and other proteins in the presynaptic membrane Left a high-resolution dSTORM image. On the right, the result obtained with conventional fluorescence microscopy – molecular details are not visible here.

    "Distance keeping" is not exactly the motto of the glutamate receptors: Using high-resolution microscopy, it now was discovered that the receptors usually appear in small groups at the synapses and are in contact with other proteins.

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    Continuing education has a positive effect on the employees‘ loyalty.

    Company training increases the loyalty of its employees. Loyalty also increases if the training improves the employees' chances on the labour market.

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    In expansion microscopy, the preparation is magnified more than four times. Here, a germ tube of Aspergillus fumigatus is shown before and after expansion; the scale corresponds to ten micrometers. The plasma membrane (turquoise) and the mitochondria (pink) were stained. (Picture: Ulrich Terpitz / University of Würzburg)

    For the first time, the cells of fungi can also be analysed using a relatively simple microscopic method. Researchers from Würzburg and Cordoba present the innovation in the journal "Frontiers in Microbiology".

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