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High-fat maternal diet can cause brain damage in the unborn child

20-Nov-2019

A study team at MedUni Vienna’s Center for Brain Research has found that high-fat maternal diets can cause life-long changes in the brain of the unborn offspring. When a pregnant woman consumes a diet high in polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids, her body produces an excess of endogenous ...

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Novel mathematical framework provides a deeper understanding of how drugs interact

15-Nov-2019

Researchers at the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have developed a new methodology characterizing more precisely how drugs influence each other when combined during treatment. Their analysis of over 30k drug pairs applied to cell lines identified ...

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Unknown virus discovered in human body

Researchers have uncovered a new form of a virus that infects bacteria

15-Nov-2019

An international team based in Austria has unearthed a previously unknown type of virus in samples of human bodily fluids. The researchers were looking for viruses that infect bacteria – known as bacteriophages – with an emphasis on those that attack the Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacterium found ...

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Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia: A new drug class in cancer therapy

05-Nov-2019

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is a rare form of cancer that commonly affects children, mostly under the age of five years. In the search for new therapeutic options, researchers at Vetmeduni Vienna have now discovered a new mechanism of the disease process and have developed a novel drug ...

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Allergy sufferers are more susceptible to stress and tend to suppress emotions

04-Nov-2019

Do allergic and non-allergic individuals differ in their response to acute stress and in how they handle emotions? A research team led by Lisa Maria Glenk from the interuniversity Messerli Research Institute (a joint institution of Vetmeduni Vienna, MedUni Vienna and the University of Vienna) ...

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Novel mechanism for persistence in staphylococcal chronic infections

25-Oct-2019

An international research team from the Vetmeduni Vienna discovered a new mechanism for persistence of the bacterial pathogen Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). This finding is of great relevance as S. aureus is not only the best known, but also one of the most dangerous multidrug-resistant ...

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Bioprinting: Living cells in a 3D printer

22-Oct-2019

With a new process developed at TU Wien (Vienna), living cells can be integrated into fine structures created in a 3D printer - extremely fast and with very high resolution. Tissue growth and the behavior of cells can be controlled and investigated particularly well by embedding the cells in a ...

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New method for quicker and simpler production of lipidated proteins

15-Oct-2019

Some of the body’s proteins are not just made up of amino acids, they are also ‘decorated’ with lipid chains, which significantly influence the biological functions of the protein. An example is the Ras protein, which plays a role in the development of many types of cancers and is only active and ...

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Striking a balance: a mechanism to control autoimmunity

09-Oct-2019

B cells are white blood cells that generate antibodies against an almost unlimited number of pathogens, a capacity that is vital for any higher organism. However, establishing a diverse repertoire of pathogen recognition comes at a price, as some B cells will inevitably go wild and turn against ...

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The genetics of suicide risk

08-Oct-2019

While searching for biological markers for suicide risk, a Viennese research team has gained new insights into the relationship between environmental factors and genetics. Traumatic childhood experiences play an essential role and leave traces in the brain. To a large extent, suicide is a taboo ...

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