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A cancer shredder

To fight cancer by a newly developed substance shredding carcinogenic aurora proteins: This is the aim of a new study by scientists at universities in Würzburg and Frankfurt.

Researchers at the universities of Würzburg and Frankfurt have developed a new compound for treating cancer. It destroys a protein that triggers its development.

Schematic representation of the function of BATF3. In the upper half you can see the physiological function and the consequences if this factor is missing (knockout). The lower half shows the consequences in case of an unnaturally increased expression with the resulting therapeutic applicability.

The immune system will memorize the pathogen after an infection and can therefore react promptly after reinfection with the same pathogen. Now, scientists at the University of Würzburg have deciphered new details of this process.

Burned eucalypt forest in Australia. Avoiding overall post-disturbance logging after such major disturbances can help to maintain biodiversity.

Please do not disturb: After forest fires, bark beetle infestations and other damage, the affected forests should not be cleared. Researchers report this in the journal Nature Communications.

Professor Michael Baumann and Professor Hermann Einsele.

A new site of the German National Center for Tumour Diseases will be established in Bavaria. It will be coordinated from Würzburg; Erlangen, Regensburg and Augsburg are also involved.

Boron can be used to convert nitrogen to ammonium.

The industrial conversion of nitrogen to ammonium provides fertiliser for agriculture. Würzburg chemists have now achieved this conversion at room temperature and low pressure using only light elements.

Complex evolutionary relationships: Long-term expression in one organ predisposes genes for later use in other organs.

The long-term expression of genes in vertebrate organs predisposes these genes to be subsequently utilized in other organs during evolution. The scientists Kenji Fukushima and David D. Pollock report this finding in the journal Nature Communications.

Portrait of astrophysicist Sara Buson

Astrophysicist Sara Buson wants to explore "monsters of the universe" – blazars that eject particles with unimaginable energies. For this project she is receiving 1.5 million euros from the European Research Council.


Radical bismuth

Crispin Lichenberg

Chemist Crispin Lichtenberg has won a EUR 1.5 million Starting Grant of the European Research Council. He wants to use the money to study the potential of novel chemical compounds.