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    Ammenbienen sind im Unterschied zu Sammelbienen rund um die Uhr aktiv. Die innere Uhr läuft auf der Ebene der Proteine trotzdem weiter. (Foto: Gunnar Bartsch)

    Circadian clocks control the day-night cycle of many living beings. But what do the pacemakers do in animals whose activities do not follow this pattern? Scientists from the University of Würzburg have now looked into this question.

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    Schnappschüsse von der Bindung eines Riesenvesikels auf einer ebenen Modellmembran. Dunkle Pixel kennzeichnen die Kontaktpunkte zwischen den Membranen. Sie werden mit der Zeit zahlreicher und größer. (Bild: Susanne Fenz)

    Studies conducted by the Biocentre shed new light on cell-cell contacts: Physical effects play an important role in their generation and stability.

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    PTTH Neurone (grün) verbinden die zentrale Uhr (magenta) des Gehirns mit der peripheren Uhr der Prothorakaldrüse. (Foto: AG Wegener)

    Multiple biological clocks control the daily rhythms of physiology and behavior in animals and humans. Whether and how these clocks are connected with each other is still a largely open question. A new study now shows that a central clock governs the circadian rhythms in certain cases.

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    Der Versuchsaufbau im Foto … (Foto: Chaoyang Lu/Universität für Wissenschaft und Technologie)

    Physicists from the University of Würzburg are capable of generating identical looking single light particles at the push of a button. Two new studies now demonstrate the potential this method holds.

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    Johannes Obergfell

    Johannes Obergfell came across the topic of migration thanks to his magister thesis. Today, he works at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. A "smoky office" is one of his prominent memories of his time at university.

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    Fotos von einer Venusfliegenfalle, ihre Drüsen unter dem Mikroskop und schematische Darstellung der Vorgänge, die zur Sekretion führen. (Bild: Sönke Scherzer/Dirk Becker)

    The Venus flytrap digests its prey using enzymes produced by special glands. For the first time, a research team has measured and meticulously analysed the glands' activity.

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    Professor Laurens Molenkamp mit einigen der zahlreichen Preisurkunden, die er in den vergangenen Jahren erhalten hat. (Foto: Jasper Molenkamp)

    Top research pays off: After 2011, Professor of Physics Laurens Molenkamp from the University of Würzburg has been awarded a second Advanced Grant from the European Research Council worth 2.5 million euros.

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    Eine Matabele-Ameise trägt eine verletzte Artgenossin nach einem Raubzug zurück ins Nest. (Foto: Erik Frank)

    Ants operate a unique rescue system: When an insect is injured during a fight, it calls for help. Its mates will then carry it back to the nest for recovery.

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    Kulturen von Darmkrebszellen, die zwei Tage lang ohne Glutamin gehalten wurden: Bei hohen exogenen MYC-Konzentrationen (Mitte) sterben die Zellen ab. Links eine Kontrollkultur. Rechts: „Echte“ Tumorzellen überleben, weil sie ihre MYC-Spiegel regulier

    Many tumors are thought to depend on glutamine, suggesting glutamine deprivation as therapeutic approach, but a new study shows that this effect might have been overestimated.

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    Junger Mann und junge Frau mit Tablets

    Social networks are an ideal stage for narcissists to showcase themselves. Accordingly, a lot of people with narcissistic traits are drawn to these platforms as a new study conducted by psychologists from Würzburg and Bamberg shows.

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    Dr. Ulf Bade

    A former student of the University of Würzburg, Ulf Bade today manages a foundation that is immensely important for many students: the 'Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung' which allocates university places. He believes in the importance of perseverance.

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    Zwei Zellen, links nach einer Infektion mit Chlamydia-Bakterien, rechts ohne. Obwohl beide Zellen mit einer Substanz behandelt wurden, die das mitochondriale Netzwerk zerstört, bleibt das Netzwerk in der infizierten Zelle intakt. (Abbildung: Suvagata Roy

    To survive in human cells, chlamydiae have a lot of tricks in store. Researchers of the University of Würzburg have now discovered that the bacterial pathogens also manipulate the cells' energy suppliers in the process.

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