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Nature Unveiling Herself Before Science

Cutting-edge technology allows for real-time monitoring of biomineralisation

22-May-2020

21st century societal challenges such as demographic developments and an ageing population demand for new functional materials, such as for bone prostheses. Nature often serves as inspiration when designing these materials. In a recent study published in Analytical Chemistry, a team led by ERC ...

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Identifying virus killers in ancient medicinal plants

Substances contained in the root bark of the mulberry tree show a dual effect

28-Apr-2020

Many organisms have to defend themselves against predators, diseases or pests. Their metabolic products constitute a chemical arsenal that has been used for medical purposes since time immemorial. Using state-of-the-art methods, a team led by Judith Rollinger is screening traditional knowledge in ...

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Natural substances as a risk factor for breast cancer?

24-Feb-2020

A team of researchers from Vienna has developed methods of deciphering precisely how plants and medicinal substances affect the body’s own hormone balance. Initial analyses show that in high doses some natural substances promote the growth of breast cancer cells. The number of cancer cases has ...

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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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Babies burdened by environmental estrogens in mothers' wombs

14-Oct-2019

Early childhood life in the womb is particularly sensitive to the effects of environmental pollutants. A team from Empa and the University of Vienna has now for the first time been able to show how a pollutant from contaminated food - the environmental estrogen zearalenone - spreads in the womb ...

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From years to days: Artificial Intelligence speeds up photodynamics simulations

Scientists use deep neural networks to achieve simulations on long time scales

16-Sep-2019

The prediction of molecular reactions triggered by light is to date extremely time-consuming and therefore costly. A team led by Philipp Marquetand from the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Vienna has now presented a method using artificial neural networks that drastically accelerates ...

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A molecular "Trojan Horse"

28-Aug-2019

The research group of Nuno Maulide from the Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Vienna has, in cooperation with the Research Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, achieved the synthesis of a potential immunosuppressive agent by modification of a naturally ...

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Tungsten as interstellar radiation shielding?

Metallophilic microorganisms could benefit from the heavy metal in harsh survival conditions

11-Jul-2019

A boiling point of 5900 degrees Celsius and diamond-like hardness in combination with carbon: tungsten is the heaviest metal, yet has biological functions - especially in heat-loving microorganisms. A team led by Tetyana Milojevic from the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Vienna report ...

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Protein hitch hiking into the cancer cell: the next generation of platinum drugs

The young spin-off "P4 Therapeutics" was awarded with the "Der Brutkasten Media Award"

02-Jul-2019

An interdisciplinary team of the University of Vienna and the Medical University of Vienna has developed a new platinum compound with great potential as anticancer drug. Based on a new strategy, scientists around Christian Kowol from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Vienna and ...

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When changing one atom makes molecules better

A method to replace hydrogen with fluorine in organic molecules makes drugs more effective

07-Mar-2019

The development and improvement of pharmaceuticals plays the central role in the ongoing battle against human disease. Organic synthesis is the field that enables these developments as it offers the toolbox to diversify chemical structures. The group of Nuno Maulide, recently named the Scientist ...

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