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    Adrenocortical carcinoma is a malignant tumor that is difficult to control at an advanced stage. An international study now shows for the first time which chemotherapy is best suited to treat this tumor. The study was coordinated at the University Hospital of Würzburg.

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    Light and matter

    05/02/2012
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    Chemists and physicists are collaborating within a new research group at the University of Würzburg. Their stated objective is to enable the manufacture of new materials with customized properties. The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding the project.

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    Scientists of the University of Würzburg have discovered a weak point in cancer cells, which offers a very promising target for new therapeutic drugs. The pharmaceutical industry has already expressed an interest in the discovery.

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    Sonnenuntergang am Würzburger Schenkenturm. Foto: Hannes Vollmuth

    The Free State of Bavaria is investing several million euros in the exploration of innovative concepts for the conversion of solar energy into electricity and non-fossil fuels. The funds flow into a joint project of five Bavarian universities.

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    Jürgen Tautz

    The Würzburg bee researcher Jürgen Tautz has received the 2012 Communicator Award of the German Research Foundation. With this award, the Foundation honors Tautz' numerous activities with which he communicates his research findings to the public. The award is endowed with prize money of 50,000 euros.

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    Quite simply comedy

    03/12/2012
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    They offered pomp and circumstance, acrobatics, humor, instruction, and emotion: German-language comedies of the 18th century. German scholar Dr. Katrin Dennerlein is taking a closer look at these works, and this has earned her a place in the Förderkolleg, a program specifically set up by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities to promote young talent.

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    Cynthia Sharma

    Cynthia Sharma runs a junior research group at the University of Würzburg’s Center for Infection Research. She is now one of six excellent young scientists to be admitted by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities to its "Förderkolleg", a program set up specifically to promote young talent.

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    Frau mit Kaugummi

    Does fasting heighten the senses? Does hunger influence perception? And if so, how? These questions have been examined experimentally by Würzburg social psychologists Sascha Topolinski and Philippe Türk Pereira. The findings of their study ought to please the supporters of fasting.

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    Patrick Nürnberger

    At the interface between chemistry and physics, Patrick Nürnberger studies chemical reactions with laser pulses on inconceivably short time scales. The establishment of his own junior research group is funded by the German Research Foundation with 1.2 million euros.

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    Bienenpuppen

    How well do bees tolerate the pollen from genetically modified maize in their diet? Scientists from the University of Würzburg have examined this question for the very first time under controlled conditions in the field and in the laboratory. They have now produced an initial finding.

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    Das neuartige Bauteil, mit dem sich bei Raumtemperatur einzelne Photonen (roter Pfeil) erzeugen lassen, ist unten schematisch gezeigt und oben im Betrieb. Durch die kreisförmigen Kontakte fließt Strom, der die darunterliegenden Farbstoffmoleküle zum Le

    Tiny components with the ability to emit single particles of light are important for various technological innovations. Physicists of the Universities of Würzburg, Stuttgart and Ulm have made significant progress in the fabrication of such structures.

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    What needs to happen to enable stem cells to differentiate into mature cells? This question is preoccupying researchers worldwide. Scientists from the University of Würzburg’s Biocenter have now shed light on important aspects of this complex phenomenon. They have come across a new form of gene regulation.

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    Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner

    Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner recently conducted research in California, before opting to join the University of Würzburg. With an Emmy Noether grant in the bag, she is setting up her own junior research group at the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry and is on the lookout for new and interesting substances.

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    Ein neu entwickelter Hemmstoff (magenta) aus der Gruppe der Pyridone bindet an ein lebenswichtiges Enzym des Pesterregers. Blau dargestellt ist der Cofaktor des Enzyms, NADH, der wesentlich zur Wirkung des Hemmstoffs beiträgt. Bild: Maria Hirschbeck

    The plague is believed to have been eradicated in Europe. But it continues to reappear in other parts of the world, such as Madagascar, the Congo, and Peru. Since the pathogens are becoming resistant to the usual antibiotics, new agents are urgently needed. Progress has now been made in this area.

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