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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]


New DFG research unit for TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan

Prof. Kay Schneitz, Associate Professor of Plant Developmental Biology at the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan (Photo: Schneitz Lab / TUM)

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) successfully participates in a new research unit in the molecular and digital life sciences. Prof. Kay Schneitz, Associate Professor of Plant Developmental Biology at the TUM School of...[more]


27.03.2017

From Genetic Variations to Binding Proteins and the Regulation of Genes: Proteomics helps to understand the influence of genetic variations

The team used highly sensitive mass spectrometric methods to identify previously unknown proteins and protein complexes, whose binding to DNA is influenced by SNPs. (Photo: Fig. A page 40)

How does type 2 diabetes develop? A team of researchers headed by the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich has come closer to finding an answer to this problem. The team examined the functional effects...[more]


16.03.2017

Molecular mechanism responsible for blooming in spring identified: Outwitting climate change with a plant 'dimmer'?Molecular mechanism responsible for blooming in spring identified: Outwitting climate change with a plant 'dimmer'?

For many plant species, such as the thale cress, which is often used in research, but also for food crops such as corn, rice and wheat, there are now initiatives currently mapping the genome of many subspecies and varieties. (Photo: Regnault/ TUM)

Plants possess molecular mechanisms that prevent them from blooming in winter. Once the cold of win-ter has passed, they are deactivated. However, if it is still too cold in spring, plants adapt their blooming behavior...[more]


13.03.2017

Domino Effect in the Amazon Rainforest: Increased Periods of Drought Set off Downward Spiral in the Amazon

Reduced rainfall in the Amazon rainforest is increasing forest mortality. Fewer trees exacerbate regional periods of drought, leading to a self-amplified forest loss. (Foto: TUM/ Rammig)

Reduced rainfall in the Amazon rainforest is increasing forest mortality. Fewer trees exacerbate regional periods of drought, leading to a self-amplified forest loss. A study conducted by an international team of researchers...[more]


A study of 3,000 PET scans yields new data on the proportion of brown fat: Humans have three times more brown body fat

The two scientists Tobias Fromme (l.) and Carlos Gerngross revealed that some persons have an easier time activating their brown fat, or even have more of it. (Photo: TUM/ Astrid Eckert)

Compared to white fat, brown body fat burns energy at an extraordinary rate. However, until now the proportion of brown fat in humans was thought to be quite small. Now a study conducted by researchers at the Technical University...[more]


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