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Antibody against carcinogenic substance deciphered

When fat reacts with glowing coal at a barbecue, a substance chemists call benzopyrene is created. It is a widespread environmental toxin that can cause cancer in humans. (Photo: Fotolia/Dederer)

Summertime is barbecue time. However, when fat reacts with glowing coal, a substance chemists call benzopyrene is created. It is a widespread environmental toxin that can cause cancer in humans. Since buildings were heated with...[more]


How grassland management without the loss of species works: Conflict between yield maximization and species conservation in agriculture appears reconcilable

The pumpkin spider is one of the species observed for the study. Their name points to the yellowish-green backbones, which reminds of a pumpkin. (Foto: Charlesjsharp Sharp Photography /Creative-Commons-Lizenz CC BY-SA 3.0)

The intensive management of grasslands is bad for biodiversity. However, a study by the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has brought a ray of hope: If different forms of management...[more]


22.06.2017

How bile duct cancer develops and how it can be prevented

A liver - an organ which is essential for life (Foto: Fotolia / PIC4U)

What promotes the development of bile duct cancer in the liver? Are these factors different from those that are responsible for the much more common hepatocellular carcinomas? Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center...[more]


02.06.2017

Eco-label in exchange for less chemicals on rice fields: What are the incentives for Taiwan's farmers to produce in a more environmentally friendly manner?

The authors decided to collect their data from rice farmers, because rice is one of the most important staple foods worldwide. (Foto: Fotolia/ ivychuang1101)

Money isn't always everything: Taiwanese rice farmers are willing to produce in a more environmentally friendly fashion if this would earn them an eco-label for their products. For such a label, they are even prepared to accept...[more]


21.04.2017

Six appointments to Bavarian Academy: Outstanding professors and young scientists honored

The research of Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner helps to ensure the worldwide supply of nutrition. (Photo: Eckert / TUM)

The Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities has inducted four professors from the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Members of the Academy have "brought about a fundamental expansion of the body of knowledge" with their...[more]


13.04.2017

Study shows link between zinc levels and cardiac health: Zinc supply affects cardiac health

Due to its high metabolic activity, the scientists looking into the effects of zinc deprivation have focused on studying the heart muscle. (image: 7activestudio/ iStock)

In addition to essential metabolic functions, the level of zinc in the body also affects the heart muscle. When oxidative stress occurs, it may be due to a shortage of zinc, which can be determined by examining the heart muscle....[more]


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