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    Das Element Bor ist immer wieder für Überraschungen gut. Wozu es in der Lage ist, erforschen Chemiker der Universität Würzburg. (Grafik: Lehrstuhl für Anorganische Chemie II)

    In any matter concerning the element boron, the leading experts are likely to be in the team of Professor Holger Braunschweig. His team has now succeeded in initiating a reaction with the help of boron, which could previously only be started with metals. This came as a surprise to the chemists.

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    Seit vielen Millionen Jahren lebt der Quastenflosser beinahe unverändert in den Tiefen des Meeres. Für Wissenschaftler ist er deshalb ein begehrtes Forschungsobjekt. (Foto: Blancpain)

    Scientists have succeeded for the first time in genetically examining the offspring of pregnant coelacanth females. The results show that the young in a brood – in contrast to many other species of fish – are very likely to have all the same father.

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    Der Vize-Rektor der Lomonossov Universität in Moskau, Prof. Dr. Alexei R. Khokhlov  (l.), und Unipräsident Prof. Dr. Alfred Forchel haben eine Kooperationsvereinbarung unterzeichnet. (Foto: Uni Würzburg)

    The Julius-Maximilian's University of Würzburg and Lomonosov Moscow State University have signed a cooperation agreement. On the basis of an already well-established collaboration in physics and in the humanities, the academic exchange is going to be intensified in future.

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    To trap and digest small animals – the Venus flytrap owes this faculty to its highly specialized leaves. In order to obtain vital nitrogen from its prey, the plant uses a previously unknown mechanism, discovered by researchers from Würzburg, Freiburg and Göttingen.

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    Weibchen der Varroa-Milbe saugen an zwei Bienenpuppen. Links eine Drohnen-, rechts eine Arbeiterinnenpuppe. Die Milben sind nur etwa einen Millimeter groß. (Foto: Helga R. Heilmann)

    The Varroa mite is capable of annihilating entire bee colonies. Until now, this has been attributed to viruses that are introduced into the hive by the mites. However, the parasites carry yet another danger to the bees as University of Würzburg researchers found out.

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    Blutgefäß im Gehirn eines Gesunden (obere Reihe) und eines Multiple-Sklerose-Patienten (unten). Gefärbt sind die Zellkerne (blau), der Kaliumkanal TREK-1 (rot) und die Endothelzellen (grün), die die Blutgefäße auskleiden. Rechts sind die Bilder übe

    Aggressive immune cells can intrude into the brain via a previously unknown channel. This has been reported by researchers from Münster and Würzburg in the journal "Nature Medicine". Their discovery opens up new prospects for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

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    Stress-induzierte Akkumulation von TOP3b (grün) in cytoplasmatischen, mRNA-haltigen Granula. (Foto: Georg Stoll)

    Working independently from different perspectives, geneticists from Finland and biochemists from Würzburg have researched the molecular mechanisms of schizophrenia and cognitive impairment. They have concluded that their results complement each other perfectly.

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    Expression des Hey2-Gens in Zellen der Kompaktschicht der Herzkammer eines Embryos. (Foto: AG Gessler)

    Ventricular fibrillation, loss of consciousness and death in seemingly healthy people: These are the characteristics of the so-called Brugada syndrome. In the search for the causes of this disease, an international team of scientists has now discovered a surprising fact.

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    Transmissions-Elektronen-Mikroskopische Aufnahme eines Masernvirus (Foto: CDC/ Courtesy of Cynthia S. Goldsmith; William Bellini / Wikimedia Commons)

    After a measles infection, infants in particular are at high risk of developing a fatal encephalitis, even years later. A new study has now revealed that this risk is significantly higher than assumed.

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    Elisabeth Memmel und Jürgen Seibel verändern die Zelloberfläche des Bakteriums Staphylococcus aureus. Das könnte einen Durchbruch in der Infektionsforschung bedeuten. (Foto: Julian Görl)

    In the fight against multi-resistant bacteria, University of Würzburg chemists may have achieved a major breakthrough. With a trick, they induced the bacteria to change their cell surface. This reduced the risk of infection dramatically.

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    Schriftzug der Zeitschrift Cancer Cell

    Neuroblastoma is a malignant cancer, which occurs chiefly in infants. University of Würzburg scientists now present novel inhibitors able to suppress the growth of these tumors in the journal "Cancer Cell".

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    Chips zum Fernsehabend? Manche Menschen sollten da vorsichtig sein. (Foto: ess zett /Pixelio.de)

    Watching TV in the evening: The film being quite sad, you intensely feel for the protagonist – and all of a sudden you have finished off two bags of potato chips. University of Würzburg psychologists now provide an explanation for this eating behavior in the journal PLoS ONE.

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    A New Type of Laser

    05/16/2013
    Schema des elektrisch betriebenen Polariton-Lasers (Grafik: Arash Rahimi-Iman, Technische Physik, Uni Würzburg)

    University of Würzburg physicists have succeeded in creating a new type of laser. Its operation principle is completely different from conventional devices, which opens up the possibility of a significantly reduced energy input requirement. The researchers report their work in the current issue of Nature.

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    G-Quadruplexe sind knotenartige Stellen in der DNA, an denen viele Guanin (Nukleinsäure) eine Kernfunktion ausüben. Sie spielen für die Stabilität des Erbguts eine wichtige Rolle. (Grafik: Katrin Paeschke)

    In cancer cells, the genome is often in a chaotic, unstable state. Now, a research group from the Würzburg Biocenter describes which enzymes can stabilize DNA in the journal “Nature”.

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    Motoneuron einer Fliegenlarve. Blau kennzeichnet das Motorneuron, grün das präsynaptische Schlüsselmolekül Bruchpilot und Magenta die Glutamatrezeptorfelder. (Foto: AG Kittel)

    With learning processes, nerve cells in the brain forge new links and strengthen or weaken existing connections. But what actually happens at the molecular level has remained largely unknown. Now Würzburg researchers have shed light on some fundamental details.

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