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Got good fat?

28-Apr-2016

People who want to lose weight often encounter boundaries: No matter what diet they try, the pounds won’t drop. Being overweight and obese can have severe health consequences, and has shown to increase a person’s chance of developing type-2-diabetes or cardiovascular diseases. Prof. Dr. ...

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Oxytocin sharpens the senses

27-Apr-2016

Social recognition requires the perception of relevant social cues and the identity of others to elicit proper responses. Problems in the early perception of social information will impact consequently subsequent stages of information processing and eventual social responses. Hans Asperger, a ...

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Candidalysin – the first toxin of Candida albicans

Team of German and British scientists discovers tissue-damaging fungal toxin

26-Apr-2016

In a pioneering study, scientists in Jena, Borstel, Aberdeen and London have discovered a toxin in the fungus Candida albicans, which plays a crucial role during human mucosal infection. Throughout evolution, pathogens have come up with many tricks to infect and damage their hosts: viruses ...

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Successful laboratory test of photoswitchable anti-tumor agent

26-Apr-2016

Photoswitchable agents might reduce side effects of a chemotherapy. So far, photodynamic therapies have been dependent on oxygen in the tissue. But hardly any oxygen exists in malignant, rapidly growing tumors. A group of researchers of KIT and the University of Kiev has now developed a ...

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From the scent of roses to nylon and plastics

Enzyme for plastics production from renewable raw materials

25-Apr-2016

Beguiling scents, sober facts: scents emanating from plants are almost always monoterpenes and monoterpene alcohols, the essential oils of plants are natural hydrocarbon compounds. For instant, geraniol is the tempting fragrant alcohol of roses. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Marine ...

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New genetic risk factors for myopia discovered

Genes and environment determine short-sightedness

25-Apr-2016

Myopia, also known as short-sightedness or near-sightedness, is the most common disorder affecting the eyesight and it is on the increase. The causes are both genetic and environmental. The Consortium for Refractive Error and Myopia (CREAM) has now made important progress towards understanding ...

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The latest technologies in food and plastics analysis, bioanalysis and genetic analysis

22-Apr-2016

It's just around the corner: analytica, the world's largest trade fair for laboratory technology, analysis and biotechnology, opens its gates in just a few weeks. From May 10 to 13, visitors will experience a unique combination of the entire range of technological innovations as well as the ...

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Mechanics of the cell

Investigation of simple model cells resolves deformation mechanisms

21-Apr-2016

Living cells must alter their external form actively, otherwise functions like cell division would not be possible. At the Technical University of Munich (TUM) the biophysicist Professor Andreas Bausch and his team have developed a synthetic cell model to investigate the fundamental principles of ...

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Sartorius Off to a Dynamic Start in 2016

Overproportionate increase in earnings

21-Apr-2016

Sartorius got off to a successful start in fiscal 2016, with double-digit gains in sales revenue and earnings. "We continue to see dynamic growth driven by both divisions and all business regions," commented CEO Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg. "Especially our larger Bioprocess Solutions Division has ...

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Novel therapeutics recognize sugar coat of the hospital germ C. difficile

21-Apr-2016

Now, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam have demonstrated that C. difficile bacteria can be recognized by specific sugars on their surface. Antibodies that attack the sugars can be used to treat infected animals and save their lives. The bacterium ...

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