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How do we taste sugar, bacon and coffee?

A new chemical pathway that helps the brain detect sweet, savory and bitter flavors


How do we taste the sugary richness of candy, or the bitter undertones of coffee? What about the savory flavors of smoked and cured meats? Until now, many scientists believed that a single protein -- TRPM5 -- acted as a gatekeeper for tasting these delectable foods. Remove TRPM5 from a person's ...


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Predicting Cell Behaviour with a Mathematical Model

Heidelberg physicists develop new software for the life sciences


Scientists from Heidelberg University have developed a novel mathematical model to explore cellular processes: with the corresponding software, they now are able to simulate how large collections of cells behave on given geometrical structures. The software supports the evaluation of ...


Mechanism for radiation damage identified

Scientists examine electronic decay processes with the aid of quantum chemistry


What exactly are the processes when x-ray photons damage biomolecules with a metal centre? This question has been investigated by a team of scientists at the Institute for Physical Chemistry of Heidelberg University. Using the methods of quantum chemistry, they examined the underlying electronic ...


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Automatic tracking of biological particles in cell microscopy images

Heidelberg scientists develop powerful automatic method for image analysis


In order to track the movements of biological particles in a cell, scientists at Heidelberg University and the German Cancer Research Center have developed a powerful analysis method for live cell microscopy images. This so-called probabilistic particle tracking method is automatic, ...


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