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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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