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Infection: Virus Grows Tube to Insert DNA

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Photo: Tube-shaped Structure of a Virus [16/12/2013] Researchers have discovered a tube-shaped structure that forms temporarily in a certain type of virus to deliver its DNA during the infection process and then dissolves after its job is completed. Infection: Virus Grows Tube to Insert DNA - Read more

New Online Platform: The Oracle of the T Cell

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Photo:Virtual T-Cell [06/12/2013] A new online platform predicts how the human immune system reacts to foreign substances.New Online Platform: The Oracle of the T Cell - Read more

Cancer: Researchers Find Shape-shifting Stops Migrating Cells

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Photo: Fried Egg [05/12/2013] Like a car with a front and back end, a steering mechanism and an engine to push it forward, cancer cells propel themselves through normal tissues and organs to spread cancer throughout the body. Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida have managed to turn these cells into shapes like a round fried egg and an exaggerated starfish that sticks out in many directions — both of which cannot now move.Cancer: Researchers Find Shape-shifting Stops Migrating Cells - Read more

Virtual training: "Students gladly accept the flexible learning option"

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[01/12/2013] Instead of just sitting in front of a microscope, Bavarian medical students now also sit at the computer and categorize different tissue types. This is made possible by a project between the Universities and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. MEDICA.de spoke with Associate Professor Thomas Wittenberg about the benefits of virtual training.Virtual training: "Students gladly accept the flexible learning option" - Read more

Laboratory: Coumarins Show Potency against Inflammations

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Photo: Cinnamon [26/11/2013] New methods for the laboratory-scale synthesis of coumarin-based drugs were developed in a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland.Laboratory: Coumarins Show Potency against Inflammations - Read more

Genes: Regulation through Argonaute Proteins

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Photo: Puzzle pieces [15/11/2013] Heidelberg scientists identify protein motifs that influence gene silencing.Genes: Regulation through Argonaute Proteins - Read more

Pacemaker Cells: The Heart’s Metronome

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Photo: Conductor's baton [14/11/2013] A specific cell population is responsible for ensuring that our heartbeat remains regular. Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have now elucidated the mode of action of one of the crucial components of the heart’s intrinsic pacemaker.Pacemaker Cells: The Heart’s Metronome - Read more

Immune System: Bacterial Toxin Sets the Course for Infection

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Photo: Yersinia [12/11/2013] Every year gastro-intestinal diseases have lethal consequences for more than five million individuals. Researchers from Braunschweig have now discovered what makes a specific strain of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis–one of the main instigators for these infections–so dangerous.Immune System: Bacterial Toxin Sets the Course for Infection - Read more

Colon Cancer: Microbes in the Gut Help Determine Risk of Tumors

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Photo: Mice [05/11/2013] Transferring the gut microbes from a mouse with colon tumors to germ-free mice makes those mice prone to getting tumors as well. The work has implications for human health because it indicates the risk of colorectal cancer may well have a microbial component.Colon Cancer: Microbes in the Gut Help Determine Risk of Tumors - Read more

Cancer: Nano Capsules Kill Tumor Cells

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Photo: Nano capsules [28/10/2013] Chemotherapy is often preferred for fighting cancer, but its side effects can be considerable. A new technique may reduce these in future: nanoparticle-encapsulated substances could kill off tumor cells selectively. This will be easier on patients.Cancer: Nano Capsules Kill Tumor Cells - Read more