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The sterlet (Acipenser ruthenus) (Photo: Andreas Hartl)

Sturgeons lived on earth already 300 million years ago and yet their external appearance seems to have undergone very little change. A team of researchers from Würzburg and Berlin has now succeeded in sequencing their genome.


A funnel of light

The figure shows how light is caught through the light funnel (Graphic: University Rostock / Alexander Szameit).

Physicists of the University of Würzburg, in a joint collaboration with colleagues from the University of Rostock, have developed a light funnel apparatus. It could serve as a new platform for hypersensitive optical detectors.

Using special ligands, it was possible to prove that opioid receptors are also present as pairs of two in the cell membrane.

It could be an important step forward in the improvement of pain therapy: Thanks to newly developed molecular probes, the behavior of individual opioid receptors can now be studied in detail.

Slow down the spread of the new coronavirus: That is the order of the day.

Time will tell whether the drastic measures introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus will be effective. Lars Dölken, Professor of Virology at the University of Würzburg, urges patience.

The Würzburg researcher Dr. Christian Hüttich (5th from left) with the AgriSens project team and Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner in Berlin.

Whether for soil cultivation, fertilisation or irrigation: Satellite data can be helpful for agriculture. A new german research network is cooperating with farmers to make these data usable.

A lung tumor that expresses USP28 (left). On the right, however, tumors are shown in which USP28 has been "cut out" using the gene editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 – they are significantly smaller. The size bar is located on the left edge of the picture.

In squamous cell carcinoma, a protein ensures that unneeded proteins are no longer disposed of. A research team at the University of Würzburg has switched off this protein for the first time.

Dr. Anna Stöckl at the JMU Biocentre. (Photo: Robert Emmerich)

How do insects see the world? This is what Dr. Anna Stöckl wants to know. Her research program has now been awarded a distinction: she has been accepted into the Young Academy of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Dwarf honeybee, giant honeybee and eastern honeybee (from left): researchers have studied the dance dialects of these three bee species.

Honeybees use their waggle dance to tell their conspecifics where to find food. Depending on the honeybee species, there are different dance dialects, as a German-Indian research team has shown.

Atomic thin layer of boron nitride with a spin center formed by the boron vacancy. With the help of high frequency excitation (red arrow) it is possible to initialize and manipulate the qubit.

Physicists from Würzburg for the first time have experimentally observed spin centers in two-dimensional materials. Such centers can act as quantum bits - even at room temperature.