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3D images display plant organs down to the smallest detail

Intelligent software for a better understanding of plant tissue development

01-Oct-2020

Using artificial intelligence, researchers have developed a novel computer-based image processing method for plant sciences. The method enables the detailed 3D representation of all cells in various plant organs with unprecedented precision. Plant organs, such as the root, the shoot axis, the ...

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Secure nano-carrier delivers medications directly to cells

Nanoparticles with synthetic DNA can control release of drugs

30-Sep-2020

Medications often have unwanted side-effects. One reason is that they reach not only the unhealthy cells for which they are intended, but also reach and have an impact on healthy cells. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), working together with the KTH Royal Institute of ...

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In the hunt for new treatments against the coronavirus

Software for drug repurposing: Systems medicine and artificial intelligence for data analysis

28-Apr-2020

Currently, the corona pandemic is dominating the entire social life in Germany and in many other parts of the world. We are working flat out in order to better help the more than one hundred thousand seriously ill people in hospitals. One promising approach to extending current treatment methods ...

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Benzene in cherry flavor - where it comes from and how to avoid it?

Flavorings containing benzaldehyde can develop benzene under the influence of light

30-Mar-2020

In 2013, the Stiftung Warentest found harmful benzene in drinks with cherry flavor. But how did the substance get into the drinks? Was the source benzaldehyde, an essential component of the cherry flavoring? And if so, how could the problem be solved? A new study by the Leibniz-Institute for Food ...

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Blocking sugar structures on viruses and tumor cells

Artificial sugar-binding protein may inhibit cell growth

19-Mar-2020

During a viral infection, viruses enter the body and multiply in its cells. Viruses often specifically attach themselves to the sugar structures of the host cells, or present characteristic sugar structures on their surface themselves. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have ...

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Safe from over- or underdosing

Long-lasting and precise dosing of medication thanks to an oil-hydrogel mixture

24-Feb-2020

Using a mixture of oil droplets and hydrogel, medical active agents can be not only precisely dosed, but also continuously administered over periods of up to several days. The active agents inside the active droplets are released at a constant rate, decreasing the risk of over- or ...

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A real alternative to crude oil

The synthesis of bio-based high-performance polyamide from biogenic residues

29-Jan-2020

A research team from the Fraunhofer Society and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) led by chemist Volker Sieber has developed a new polyamide family which can be produced from a byproduct of cellulose production – a successful example for a more sustainable economy with bio-based ...

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Emergence of calorie burning fat cells

A new approach to treating overweight and obesity

10-Jan-2020

1.9 billion people in the world are overweight. Of these, 650 million people are obese, which increases the risk of secondary diseases such as high blood pressure or cancer. Professor Martin Klingenspor and his team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) examine how our fat metabolism ...

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Looking at the good vibes of molecules: a new method for label-free metabolic imaging

09-Jan-2020

Label-free dynamic detection of biomolecules is a major challenge in live-cell microscopy. The simultaneous visualization of dynamic alterations for classes of metabolites, such as carbohydrates and lipids, was an unmet need in biomedical research. Now, a novel imaging method developed by a ...

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New algorithm detects even the smallest cancer metastases across the entire mouse body

Exposing the enemy

16-Dec-2019

Teams at Helmholtz Zentrum München, LMU Munich and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a new algorithm that enables automated detection of metastases at the level of single disseminated cancer cells in whole mice. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. More ...

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