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Thank you for visiting us at the Open House Day on the 13th of October 2018!

Today’s challenges – Tomorrow's research and teaching

The 21st century faces numerous challenges: global warming, population explosion, food security and dwindling fossil fuel reserves are the crises of our time. Addressing these challenges will require cutting-edge research – both fundamental and applied. As a discipline encompassing this entire spectrum of issues, from food production to the supply of biogenetic raw materials through to the preservation of livable environments, the life sciences will play a leading role in these efforts.

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18.09.2018

Colon cancer: The microbiota in the intestines fuels tumour growth

Prof. Dirk Haller and his team found out that it is not cell stress alone that leads to tumour growth, but rather the cooperation of stress and microbiota - here in the analysis of tissue sections with the scientists Sandra Bierwirth (left) and Olivia Coleman. (Picture: A. Heddergott/ TUM)

The team of Professor Dirk Haller at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) made an unexpected discovery while investigating the triggering factors of colon cancer: Cell stress in combination with an altered microbiota in the...[more]


11.09.2018

What catches our eye: Brain selects visual objects according to specific mechanism

What leads to the decision where someone looks if nothing specific is sought and at first it is unclear where the eye should look to? (Photo: iStockphoto/ praetorianphoto)

Our unconscious gaze is controlled by an automatic selection process computed by a neural network in the brain. Details of this computation have now been studied by an international team collaborating with the Technical...[more]


29.08.2018

Food activates brown adipose tissue

For the tests of the study, subjects consumed a high-carbohydrate meal such as such a vegetable lasagna. (Picture: iStockphoto/ gbh007)

Brown fat consumes energy, which is the reason why it could be important for preventing obesity and diabetes. Working together with an international team, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) were able to...[more]


14.08.2018

Trees and climate change: Faster growth, lighter wood

Trees are growing more rapidly due to climate change. This sounds like good news. After all, this means that trees are storing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in their wood and hence taking away the key ingredient in...[more]


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