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    Crop variety in agriculture has a positive impact on the natural enemies of aphids. Farmers can use this insight to keep aphids at bay and cut down on pesticides.

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    Stammbaum der Sequenzanalyse

    Bioinformatics specialists from the University of Würzburg have studied a specific class of hormones which is relevant for plants, bacteria and indirectly for humans, too. Their results challenge previous scientific assumptions.

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    Zytomegalievirus

    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.

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    Lokalisation der 7SK-RNA in Motoneuronen, deren Form durch das Strukturprotein Tubulin dargestellt wurde. (Foto: 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.

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    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.

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    Das Bild zeigt von links Prof. Dr. Cynthia Sharma, Sara Eisenbart, Thorsten Bischler und Belinda Aul vom IMIB sowie Prof. Dr. Chase Beisel vom HIRI. (Foto: Hilde Merkert, IMIB)

    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.

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    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.

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    Chemists have developed a boron-based molecule capable of binding nitrogen without assistance from a transition metal. This might be the first step towards the energy-saving production of fertilisers.

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    Schülerin loggt sich am Laptop bei Facebook ein.

    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.

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    Amazonenkärpflinge im 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    The construction of a polymer from a chain of boron atoms is currently more science fiction than science – this is the dream of Würzburg Chemistry Professor Holger Braunschweig, who has just received a 1.5 million Euro grant to make boron polymers a reality.

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