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New technology for enzyme design

05-Jun-2018

Scientists at the University of Würzburg have chemically modified the enzyme levansucrase using a new method. The enzyme can now produce sugar polymers that are exciting for applications in the food industry and medicine. Enzymes are tools of nature that accelerate almost all biochemical ...

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Stagediving with biomolecules improves optical microscopy

03-May-2018

Physicists from Dresden and Würzburg have developed a novel method for optical microscopy. Using biological motors and single quantum dots, they acquire ultra-high-resolution images. The resolution of conventional optical microscopy is limited by the fundamental physical principle of diffraction ...

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Stable biradicals adding a new attraction to chemistry

Boron biradical in ground-state synthesized

26-Mar-2018

Researchers at the University of Würzburg in Germany have succeeded in twisting molecules so much that their double bonds have been completely destroyed. The result: unusually stable biradicals. Boron has a range of uses throughout everyday life, from laundry bleaches to heat-proof glass and ...

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Controlled coupling of light and matter

07-Mar-2018

Researchers from Würzburg and London have built the foundations for a new field of nano-optics: they have succeeded in controlling the coupling of light and matter at room temperature. Publishing in a journal like Science Advances usually heralds a particularly exciting innovation. Now, ...

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Newly designed molecule binds nitrogen

27-Feb-2018

Chemists from the University of Würzburg have developed a boron-based molecule capable of binding nitrogen without assistance from a transition metal. This might be the first step towards the energy-saving production of fertilisers. Whether wheat, millet or maize: They all need nitrogen to grow. ...

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Individual Receptors Caught at Work

Technological developments allow new insights

23-Oct-2017

Using a revolutionary live-cell microscopy technique, an international team of scientist has observed for the first time individual receptors for hormones and widely used drugs at work in intact cells. G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are among the "hottest” targets for the therapy of diseases ...

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Chewing gum rapid test for inflammation

Chewing gum to screen for oral inflammation

17-Aug-2017

Dental implants occasionally entail complications: Six to fifteen percent of patients develop an inflammatory response in the years after receiving a dental implant. This is caused by bacteria destroying the soft tissue and the bone around the implant in the worst case. In future, patients will ...

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Cancer detection with sugar molecules

15-Aug-2017

Scientists from the University of Würzburg have synthesized a complex sugar molecule which specifically binds to the tumor protein Galectin-1. This could help to recognize tumors at an early stage and to combat them in a targeted manner. Galectins are a family of proteins that have become a ...

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Novel light sources made of 2D materials

01-Nov-2016

Physicists from the University of Würzburg have designed a light source that emits photon pairs. Two-photon sources are particularly well suited for tap-proof data encryption. The experiment's key ingredients: a semiconductor crystal and some sticky tape. So-called monolayers are at the heart of ...

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Trojan horses for hospital bugs

18-May-2016

Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that is frequently found on the human skin and in the nose where it usually behaves inconspicuously. However, once inside the body, it can have life-threatening consequences such as abscesses, sepsis, pneumonia or myocarditis. How the pathogen manages to ...

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