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How diarrhoea pathogens switch into attack mode at body temperature

21-Jan-2020

Bacteria don’t produce disease-causing substances until they have infected a warm body. To this end, they use a special thermometer. Researchers have now analysed the exact mechanism. Many bacterial pathogens excrete toxins as soon as they have entered the host in order to suppress its immune ...

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A key to new drugs

Tiny metal-containing building block might become the core of new drug molecules

16-Jan-2020

A collaboration between research teams in Germany and the USA furnished a new concept for discovering drugs to treat life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, influenza, or multidrug resistant bacteria. The team proposes that three-dimensional metal-containing molecules may function as new ...

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First robust cell culture model for the hepatitis E virus

15-Jan-2020

A mutation switches the turbo on during virus replication. This is a blessing for research. Even though hepatitis E causes over three million infections and about 70,000 deaths each year, the virus has been little studied as yet. This may be about to change, because a research team from Bochum ...

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The gut may be involved in the development of multiple sclerosis

06-Dec-2019

The gut has long been suspected to play a role in autoimmune disease. A research team has now identified evidence of a potential mechanism. It is incompletely understood which factors in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) act as a trigger for the immune system to attack the brain and spinal ...

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How oxygen destroys the core of important enzymes

06-Nov-2019

New findings are expected to help protect the hydrogen-producing enzymes from harmful oxygen – which is interesting for biotechnological applications. Certain enzymes, such as hydrogen-producing hydrogenases, are unstable in the presence of oxygen. Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) ...

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Impaling bacteria

31-Oct-2019

Nano columns on the surfaces of implants prevent bacteria from reproducing there. They are grown by a team of material scientists. Thousands of patients are forced to undergo surgery and antibiotic therapy because their implants were colonised by germs. A team of medicine and material scientists ...

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Why artificial intelligence doesn’t really exist yet

31-Oct-2019

The processes underlying artificial intelligence today are in fact stupid. Researchers from Bochum are attempting to make them smarter. Radical change, revolution, megatrend, maybe even a risk: artificial intelligence has penetrated all industrial segments and keeps the media busy. Researchers at ...

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New findings on the recycling centres of cells

11-Oct-2019

Like tiny garbage chutes, certain organelles clean cells of superfluous or defective material. Researchers are currently studying the mechanisms underlying this process. Both animal and plant cells depend on their own damaged or superfluous cell material being removed – a process referred to as ...

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How to make biocatalysts immortal

10-Oct-2019

Oxygen threatens sustainable catalysts that use hydrogen to produce electricity in fuel cells. Researchers from Bochum and Marseille have developed a way to combat this. Efficient catalysts for converting hydrogen into electricity in fuel cells for the energy transition are often based on ...

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Pros and cons of genetic scissors

19-Sep-2019

In combination with other methods, Crispr technology might one day render animal testing obsolete, according to the authors of a review article in “Trends in Cell Biology”. Crispr technology has greatly facilitated gene editing. Associate Professor Thorsten Müller from Ruhr-Universität Bochum and ...

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