Archive press releases 2018

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    3 Dec 2018 Fatal brake failures

    Two genes normally work together to suppress the development of colon cancer. Their combined loss favors tumorigenesis and stimulates the formation of metastases.

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    21 Nov 2018 Chemical carousel rotates in the cold

    LMU chemists have developed the first molecular motor that can be powered by light alone. Its operation is therefore essentially independent of the temperature.

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    19 Nov 2018 The acid test – reproducibility

    An international team of 186 researchers has analyzed the reproducibility of published studies in psychology: 50% of those (re)tested could not be reproduced. The new work enhances the understanding of the conditions of replicable research.

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    11 Nov 2018 Think better

    A new study shows the mental effects of running and riding bicycle.

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    24 Oct 2018 Space travel alters the brain

    LMU physicians have shown that widespread changes in the relative tissue volumes of the brains of cosmonauts who have spent long periods of time in the weightlessness of outer space can still be detected more than 6 months after their return to Earth.

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    23 Oct 2018 In touch with reality?

    When faced with ambiguous information we apparently trust our fingertips more than our eyes. Philosophers at LMU are investigating the special status of touch.

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    17 Oct 2018 Staying a step ahead of the game

    Trypanosoma brucei, which causes sleeping sickness, evades the immune system by repeatedly altering the structure of its surface coat. Sequencing of its genome and studies of its 3D genome architecture have now revealed crucial molecular aspects of th...

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    25 Sep 2018 Newspaper loses ground after online-only switch

    One of the first British newspapers to go online-only finds its readership falling behind its competitors and time spent reading the brand down by more than 70%.

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    5 Sep 2018 All-in-one light-driven water splitting

    Solar-powered water splitting is a promising means of generating clean and storable energy. A novel catalyst based on semiconductor nanoparticles has now been shown to facilitate all the reactions needed for “artificial photosynthesis”.

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    4 Sep 2018 Slip-sliding away …

    The DNA in the cell nucleus is highly condensed, and genes must be rendered accessible before they can be activated. An LMU team has now described the action of a protein complex that serves as a yardstick to measure lengths of exposed DNA.

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    23 Aug 2018 Carbohydrate capture

    LMU chemists have designed and synthesized a helical molecule that specifically recognizes and binds to a disaccharide consisting of two five-carbon sugar units.

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    20 Aug 2018 Getting even closer to the limit

    In a pioneering study, an LMU team led by Ralf Jungmann has demonstrated that the use of chemically-modified DNA aptamers as protein markers allows one to enhance the power of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy as an imaging tool.

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    1 Aug 2018 Outwardly identical, yet distinct

    All placozoans are superficially identical. But comparative genomic data reported by an LMU team reveals the presence of different genera. This is the first time that a new animal genus has been defined solely by genomics.

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    18 Jul 2018 Having the right name helps one to find housing

    Discrimination against ethnic minorities on the housing market is declining - in Germany and other Western European countries and in the USA. But a new meta-study shows that applicants’ surnames still influence the selection of new tenants.

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    28 Jun 2018 Homing in on the hula twist

    The hula twist is no longer an unproven postulate: LMU chemists have now directly shown that a light-sensitive molecule can perform this complex photoreaction. This has inter alia implications for the development of novel molecular machines.

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    28 Jun 2018 Wave fronts and ant trails

    LMU physicists investigating spontaneous pattern formation in a model system that includes motile proteins have discovered hitherto unobserved phenomena. Their findings afford new insights into biological processes.

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    14 Jun 2018 When self-doubt misjudges achievement

    Individuals who have a pervasive sense that their reputations are not justified by their achievements may suffer from impostor syndrome. In such a case, a new study shows, negative feedback can lead to a real deterioration in performance.

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    12 Jun 2018 Until the last cut

    Ribosomes are the cell’s protein factories. LMU researchers have now structurally characterized late stages in the assembly of the human small ribosomal subunit, yielding detailed insights into their maturation principles.

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    30 May 2018 Stopped on time

    For the first time, LMU researchers are pointing out the influence of the internal clock on atherosclerosis. Their study gives an important indication on how the therapeutic approach can be improved.

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    25 May 2018 Fragile partnerships

    Symbioses between plants and nitrogen-fixing bacteria can be ecologically advantageous for both parties. Surprisingly, many partnerships, including some involving the ancestors of several modern fruits such as strawberries, blackberries and apples, ha...

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    16 May 2018 Targeting tumor cell plasticity

    Cell type switch helps colon cancer evade treatment, a study suggests.

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    9 May 2018 Global experiment confirms violation of Bell’s inequality

    The results of the BIG Bell Test with the help of volunteers around the world were analyzed and are now published.

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    24 Apr 2018 Ethics of mobile health technologies

    A BMBF-funded Research Group at LMU will carry out an interdisciplinary study to assess the risks posed and advantages offered by fitness apps and other developing mobile digital technologies in the fields of health, prevention and disease management.

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    24 Apr 2018 Lighting up DNA-based nanostructures

    LMU biophysicists have used a new variant of super-resolution microscopy to visualize all the strands of a DNA-based nanostructure for the first time. The method promises to optimize the design of such structures for specific applications.

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    18 Apr 2018 Deadly droplets

    LMU researchers have characterized the mechanism that initiates the pathological aggregation of the protein FUS, which plays a central role in two distinct neurodegenerative diseases.

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    18 Apr 2018 Optical “overtones” for solar cells

    NIM scientists from LMU Munich have found a new effect regarding the optical excitation of charge carriers in a solar semiconductor. It could facilitate the utilization of infrared light, which is normally lost in solar devices.

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    17 Apr 2018 Making patterns robust

    Correct protein localization is crucial for many fundamental cellular processes. LMU physicists have now asked how to confer robustness against variations in protein concentrations on pattern formation mechanisms.

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    10 Apr 2018 The art of unpacking

    DNA is tightly packed into the nucleus of a cell. Nevertheless, the cellular machinery needs to constantly access the genomic information. An LMU team now reveals the inner workings of a molecular motor made of proteins which packs and unpacks DNA.

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    3 Apr 2018 Three further awards for LMU faculty

    In the latest call for proposals, the European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Advanced Grants to researchers at LMU.

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    2 Apr 2018 DNA mimic outwits viral enzyme

    Not only can synthetic molecules mimic the structures of their biological models, they can also take on their functions and may even successfully compete with them, as an artificial DNA sequence designed by LMU chemist Ivan Huc now shows.

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    29 Mar 2018 Bacterial adhesion in vitro and in silico

    LMU researchers have characterized the physical mechanism that enables a widespread bacterial pathogen to adhere to the tissues of its human host.

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    28 Mar 2018 The startling diversity of Buša cattle

    In a study of the genetic structure and population dynamics of a unique breed of cattle that is indigenous to Southeastern Europe, LMU researchers have discovered a remarkable degree of genetic variation.

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    27 Mar 2018 Insights into early urban life

    Adelheid Otto‘s research focuses on the development of urban civilization in ancient Mesopotamia. She is now excavating on the site of Ur, one of the world’s first cities. The finds yield fascinating insights into urban life 4000 years ago.

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    22 Mar 2018 Adaptive radiations in the Mesozoic

    Bony fishes are the most diverse of all extant vertebrate groups. A comprehensive phylogenetic analysis of the group now provides new insights into its 250-million-year evolutionary history.

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    12 Mar 2018 Where did that noise come from?

    Humans can estimate distances to sound sources better when they move and exploit auditory motion parallax

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    11 Mar 2018 32 hits

    Researchers have analyzed genetic data from half a million subjects in a search to identify the underlying causes of stroke, a complex vascular disease. Scientists at LMU led the the huge collaborative Project.

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    4 Mar 2018 Choosing the right word

    A new study reveals the impact of the associative meaning of a single word on how readers subsequently view and refer to suicide.

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    1 Mar 2018 Never mind the wrapping

    When male nursery-web spiders go a-courting, they always bring a gift wrapped in silk with them. A new study shows that the attractiveness of the present plays a larger role in determining mating success than previously thought.

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    25 Feb 2018 Helping the heart to cope with stress

    A new Junior Research Group at the Institute for Cardiovascular Prevention will focus on metabolic adaption of heart muscle cells to find new therapies for combating heart disease.

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    21 Feb 2018 Pots, people and knowledge transfer

    In the Late Neolithic, a new style of pottery appears among the grave goods buried with the dead in many parts of Europe. A new genetic study shows that, with one exception, its dissemination was not accompanied by large-scale migration.

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    6 Feb 2018 Sponges can economize on oxygen use

    Sponges lack a signaling pathway that responds to low intracellular oxygen levels in more complex animals. Do they use a different mechanism for this purpose or did their earliest ancestors evolve at a time when less oxygen was available?

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    16 Jan 2018 Progenitors of the living world

    RNA was probably the first informational molecule. Now LMU chemists have demonstrated that alternation of wet and dry conditions could have sufficed to drive the prebiotic synthesis of the RNA nucleosides found in all domains of life.

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    5 Jan 2018 Finding form by folding

    Ribosomes are the organelles responsible for protein synthesis in cells. LMU researchers have now dissected early steps in their assembly and visualized how their RNA components fold correctly and find their places in the growing structure.

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