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Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH

As a Helmholtz centre for infectious diseases, the main focus of the GBF research activities is to study microbial virulence factors, host-pathogen interactions, and immunity to develop strategies for the diagnosis, prevention and therapy of human infectious diseases. In addition, the GBF Biotech Facilities will serve as a national platform that will provide high quality biotechnological substances for clinical trials and for research.

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    Leap forward in the fight against antibiotic resistance

    Bacteria show a wide range of capabilities in withstanding antibiotic treatment or attack by our immune system, which are great challenges in infection research. Scientists at the Würzburg-based Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI), a site of the Helmholtz Centre for ... more

    COVID-19: Immune system on the wrong track

    Contrary to what has been generally assumed so far, a severe course of COVID-19 does not solely result in a strong immune reaction – rather, the immune response is caught in a continuous loop of activation and inhibition. Experts from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the University of ... more

    Predicting slippery spots for the ribosome

    In the genetic blueprint for proteins, the information for each amino acid is encoded by codons. A codon consists of three consecutive building blocks of messenger RNA (mRNA), a base triplet that encodes exactly one amino acid. During protein synthesis, adaptor molecules - called tRNAs - sp ... more

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    Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH

    How do bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi make us sick? How does our immune system defend our body? These are the questions we at the HZI want to answer. Our goal: To set up the basis for new diagnostic tools, new active agents and new therapies against infectious diseases. Together wi ... more

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