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    Kapillaren im Hirnschnitt

    To date, accumulations of fluid in the brain, which occur after a stroke, have been very difficult to treat. Researchers from the University of Würzburg have now found a solution to the problem. Their work is reported on in the journal Stroke.


    Researchers from Würzburg and Braunschweig have deciphered how a particular enzyme naturally constructs large sugar molecules. Armed with this knowledge they can now produce customized sugar for use in the food industry as prebiotics.

    Harmen Hendriksma

    A global decline in bee numbers has been giving cause for concern for many years now. The reasons for the sudden loss of whole colonies remain unclear. Biologists from the University of Würzburg have now developed a new approach that might help shed light on this issue.

    Würfel (Uwe-Jens Kahl/pixelio.de)

    Humans can estimate quantities of up to four objects accurately. When there are more than four, they have to start counting. This innate limit is also reflected in the counting systems of ancient civilizations.

    Grafik, die die hormonellen Zusammenhänge zwischen Gehirn, Hirnanhangsdrüse und Nebennierenrinde zeigt. Grafik: Melanie Ullrich

    First discovered ten years ago, it is now the subject of new findings relating to its function: the protein SPRED2 inhibits the hormonal stress response in the body. Whether it also plays a role in the development of illnesses has yet to be established.