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Deep insight into the heart

(Goethe University Frankfurt) The latest issue of the Forschung Frankfurt journal describes how modern non-invasive examinations using state-of-the-art imaging technology can reduce the risk of not-detecting infections of the heart muscle possibly leading to chronic inflammations and sudden death.

Virtual reality at the service of psychology

(Goethe University Frankfurt) Our environment is composed according to certain rules and characteristics which are so obvious to us that we are scarcely aware of them. Professor Melissa Le-Hoa Vo, psychologist at Goethe University Frankfurt, is studying this 'scene knowledge' in a virtual reality laboratory. Show More Summary

Smart people have better connected brains

(Goethe University Frankfurt) Differences in intelligence have so far mostly been attributed to differences in specific brain regions. However, are smart people's brains also wired differently to those of less intelligent persons? A new study published by researchers from Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany) supports this assumption. Show More Summary

Interstellar space probes: Where's the brakes?!

(Goethe University Frankfurt) With a miniaturized space probe capable of being accelerated to a quarter of the speed of light, we could reach Alpha Centauri, our nearest star, in 20 to 50 years. However, without a mechanism to slow it down, the space probe could only collect data from the star and its planets as it zoomed past. Show More Summary

Misfolding in mitochondria: How does the cell react?

(Goethe University Frankfurt) Misfolded proteins cause many diseases including neurodegenerative conditions and cancer. To protect themselves from protein misfolding, cells have developed sophisticated quality control mechanisms. How...Show More Summary

Zooming-in on protein teamwork

(Goethe University Frankfurt) The surface of every cell contains receptors that react to external signals similar to a 'gate'. In this way, the cells of the innate immune system can differentiate between friend and foe partly through their 'toll-like receptors' (TLRs). Show More Summary

Mechanism for precise targeting of the immune response uncovered

(Goethe University Frankfurt) The immune system checks the health of cells of the body by examining a kind of molecular passport. Sometimes cells present the wrong passport, which can lead to autoimmune diseases, chronic inflammations or cancer. Scientists of the Goethe University Frankfurt explain the process how this happens in the new issue of the journal Science.

Molecular basis for memory and learning

(Goethe University Frankfurt) Learning and memory are two important functions of the brain that are based on the brain's plasticity. Scientists from Goethe University Frankfurt report in the latest issue of the scientific journal Cell Reports how a trio of key molecules directs these processes. Their findings provide new leads for the therapy of Alzheimer's disease.

Gravity waves influence weather and climate

(Goethe University Frankfurt) Gravity waves form in the atmosphere as a result of destabilizing processes. The effects of gravity waves can only be taken into consideration by including additional special components in the models. The...Show More Summary

EU funds atherosclerosis research

(Goethe University Frankfurt) Konstantinus Stellos of Goethe University plans more research on atherosclerosis -- with the help of an ERC Starting Grant.

More efficient use of raw materials with the aid of 'molecular conveyor belts'

(Goethe University Frankfurt) Biotechnologists at Goethe University Frankfurt have now succeeded in optimizing sugar utilization in baker's yeast.

RNA: A vicious pathway to cancer ?

(Goethe University Frankfurt) According to the current doctrine, cancer cells develop due to mutations in genomic DNA. But could it be also caused also by faulty RNA molecules? A number of clues are pointing to this surprising hypothesis. Show More Summary

How physical exercise prevents dementia

(Goethe University Frankfurt) Numerous studies have shown that physical exercise seems beneficial in the prevention of cognitive impairment and dementia in old age. Now researchers at Goethe University Frankfurt have explored in one of the first studies worldwide how exercise affects brain metabolism.

Cloud formation, infection research, ubiquitin code

(Goethe University Frankfurt) The European Union is funding three new projects -- Innovative Training Networks (ITN) within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Programme -- for structured doctoral training at Goethe University Frankfurt.

Can courts solve everything?

(Goethe University Frankfurt) A new Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Group has started work at the Faculty of Law of Goethe University Frankfurt. The team headed by Dr. Anuscheh Farahat is dealing with the role played by constitutional courts in transnational solidarity conflicts.

Why does an anesthetic make us lose consciousness?

(Goethe University Frankfurt) Neuroscientists at Goethe University Frankfurt and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen have now discovered that certain areas of the brain generate less information when under anesthesia.

Hotter than a hundred thousand suns

(Goethe University Frankfurt) The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved a new Transregio Collaborative Research Centre (CRC/TR) in which physicists from Goethe University Frankfurt, Bielefeld University and TU Darmstadt want to explore together 'strongly interacting matter under extreme conditions'.

Researchers combine two advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques

Is it possible to watch at the level of single cells how fish embryos become trout, carp or salmon? Researchers at Goethe University Frankfurt have successfully combined two very advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques. The new high-resolution light microscope permits fascinating insights into a cell's interior.

Precise insight into the depths of cells

(Goethe University Frankfurt) Is it possible to watch at the level of single cells how fish embryos become trout, carp or salmon? Researchers at Goethe University Frankfurt have successfully combined two very advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques. The new high-resolution light microscope permits fascinating insights into a cell's interior.

New hope for slow-healing wounds

(Goethe University Frankfurt) MicroRNAs are interesting target structures for new therapeutic agents. They can be blocked through synthetic antimiRs. However, to date it was not possible to use these only locally. Researchers at Goethe University Frankfurt have now successfully achieved this in the treatment of impaired wound healing with the help of light-inducible antimiRs.

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