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blood cancer cells

A Promising Antibody

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is the most common cancer in children. This form of blood cancer is caused by malignant abnormal precursor...
Molecular Spintronics

New Concepts and Tools in Molecular Spintronics

A fundamental understanding of new smart functional molecules and concepts to use them for developing new components for electronic devices – that...
gastrointestinal tract

New Insights into How Diet and Medication Impact the Influence of...

Bacteria that reside in our gastrointestinal tract, referred to as the gut microbiome, produce numerous molecules capable of influencing health and disease....
Magnetoelectric Sensors

Highly Sensitive Sensors to Measure the Heart and Brain Activity

Electrical signals measurements such as the ECG (electrocardiogram) can show how the human brain or heart works. Next to electrical signals magnetic...
artificial molecular machines

Towards a Light Driven Molecular Assembler

Chemists usually synthesize molecules using stochastic bond-forming collisions of the reactant molecules in solution. Nature follows a different strategy in biochemical synthesis....
Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Assessment of Metabolism of Intestinal Bacteria Helps Predict...

People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, suffer from chronic diarrhea, fever and pain, as well...
wheat production

Breeding Promotes Sustainable Wheat Production

Wheat is the most widely cultivated crop in the world. The high yields produced in intensive European wheat cultivation are crucial to...
antibiotic resistance

How Antibiotic Resistance Persists Thanks to Selfish Genetic Elements

Parts of the genetic information of many microorganisms are located on so-called plasmids. These are genetic elements which consist of a single...
Enzymes

The Light Switch Which Activates Enzymes

Whether animals, plants, fungi, bacteria or people: enzymes containing iron are at work in almost all living organisms. In the human liver, such an...
frogs' tongues

How Frogs’ Tongues Become Sticky

Frogs' capture their prey with the sticky mucus covering their tongues, but this mucus isn't inherently adhesive. Frog mucus is thought to be pressure-sensitive, with tongue retraction strain triggering adhesion. A research team...
silicone

Inspired by Feet

Geckos, spiders and beetles have shown us how to do it: thanks to special adhesive elements on their feet, they can easily run along...
cancer

Cancer Diagnosis: No More Needles?

Urine is an everyday liquid which most people pay little attention to and regard as rather unpleasant. It’s quite the opposite for a group...
metabolic processes

What the Metabolism Reveals About the Origin of Life

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This classical ‘chicken-or-egg’ dilemma applies in particular to the developmental processes of life on earth. The...
data storage

Towards Data Storage at the Single Molecule Level

Over the past few years, the building blocks of storage media have gotten ever smaller. But further miniaturization of the current technology is hindered...
intestine

Bacteria as Pacemaker for the Intestine

Spontaneous contractions of the digestive tract play an important role in almost all animals, and ensure healthy bowel functions. From simple invertebrates to humans,...
nanotubesvideo

Fine Felted Nanotubes

Porous ceramics are produced at high temperatures, as shown here by the coalescence of the four-pronged particles, which join together like fine snowflakes that...
Memristive components

The Principle of Optical Illusions Technically Imitated

The human brain must cope with a large variety of information simultaneously so we can orientate ourselves in our environment and make quick decisions....
nervous systemvideo

Nerves Control the Body’s Bacterial Community

A central aspect of life sciences is to explore the symbiotic cohabitation of animals, plants and humans with their specific bacterial communities. Scientists refer...
Dragonflies

Dragonfly Wings with Shock Absorbers

Dragonflies are well known for their impressive flying skills. They manage manoeuvres that other insects are not capable of. The wings of these insects...
aerographite

Foldable like an Accordion

Since a research group at Kiel University (CAU) and the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) in Hamburg-Harburg has developed aerographite – one of the...