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New method allows precise gene control by light

A novel optical switch makes it possible to precisely control the lifespan of genetic “copies”. These are used by the cell as building instructions for the production of proteins. The…

The groove of the self-organized active nematic ribbon

Soft matter on new ways to self-organization Nematic materials, such as the liquid crystals in our displays, contain molecules that align themselves in parallel. When they are constructed from microtubules…

One bacterium – two life forms

Secondary variant of Photorhabdus luminescens interacts with plant roots New form of insect-pathogenic bacterium extends the options for sustainable crop protection and biological pest control in agriculture. One of the…

Primate brain size does not predict their intelligence

Scientists from Göttingen compare cognitive skills of different primate species. Chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans are our closest relatives, and like us they have relatively large brains and they are very…

A worm’s view on immunity

Kiel research team is using the nematode model Caenorhabditis elegans to gain new insights into the regulation of the innate immune response All higher organisms have an immune system that…

Unraveling the genome in 3D-space

The cells that make up our body are tiny, each of them measuring only micrometers in diameter. The ensemble of chromosomal DNA molecules that encode the genome, on the other…

Genome of Alexander Fleming’s original penicillin-producing mould sequenced

Researchers have sequenced the genome of Alexander Fleming’s penicillin mould for the first time and compared it to later versions. Alexander Fleming famously discovered the first antibiotic, penicillin, in 1928…

Researchers discover a mechanism that causes cell nuclei to grow

By far the most important process in cell development is how cells divide and then enlarge in order to multiply. A research team headed by Freiburg medical scientist Prof. Dr….

Researchers find new way to protect plants from fungal infection

Widespread fungal disease in plants can be controlled with a commercially available chemical that has been primarily used in medicine until now. This discovery was made by scientists from Martin…

News from the cell membrane

Kiel research team provides new insights into the role of the eisosomes as membrane building blocks in fungi The red mould Neurospora crassa belongs to the group of sac fungi…

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