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]


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]


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]


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]


Supervisory Award 2018: Weihenstephan’s Top 3

This year, the Supervisory Award was held for the first time at the TUM. This prize, which honours particularly good supervision of doctoral students, is awarded by the TUM Graduate Council, the convent of doctoral students at...[more]


Alzheimer's disease and diabetes: Hope for inhibitors against amyloid plaques

Effective therapeutics to counteract the formation of amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes are not yet available. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now come a little bit closer to a...[more]

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