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02.11.2016

Manufacturing Live Tissue with a 3D Printer: Joint TUM and LMU Team Win First Prize at iGEM Competition in Boston

Among the 300 finalist teams this year there were twelve from Germany, including this joint team from TUM and LMU of Munich. (Photo: TUM/ A. Heddergott)

At the international iGEM academic competition in the field of synthetic biology, the joint team of students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) won the first rank...[more]


27.10.2016

Mitochondria control stem cell fate: If the powerhouse of the cell is disrupted, stem cells in the gut suffer

HSP60 in mitochondria control stem cell proliferation in the gut epithelium. HSP60 negative crypts show a loss of positive stem cells (brown staining), while stem cells hyperproliferation occurs in HSP60 positive gut epithelium. (Photo: Team Haller/ TUM)

What happens in intestinal epithelial cells during a chronic illness? Basic research conducted at the Chair of Nutrition and Immunology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) addressed this question by generating a new model...[more]


14.10.2016

Forest Management Yields Higher Productivity through Biodiversity: Big Data Publication in "Science" Verifies Forest Biodiversity as a Key Factor for Forest Yields

Experimental plots with mixed stands of Douglas fir-European beech in Bavarian lowlands . (Photo: Leonhard Steinacker/ TUM)

Scientists have conducted the first worldwide study of biodiversity and its impact on the productivity of forests. Data from more than 770,000 observation points from 44 countries were evaluated for this purpose. The samples...[more]


06.10.2016

Big data processing enables worldwide bacterial analysis: New bioinformatics tool for searching sequencing data

The Sequence Read Archive, a public database for deposition of sequences, currently stores over 100,000 gene sequence datasets which previously could not be evaluated in their whole. (Photo: Fotolia/ Dreaming Andy)

Sequencing data from biological samples such as the skin, intestinal tissues, or soil and water are usually archived in public databases. This allows researchers from all over the globe to access them. However, this has led to...[more]


26.09.2016

Defying frost and the cold with hormones: New mechanisms uncovered explaining frost tolerance in plants

Pictured are frozen flowers of an apple tree in South Tyrol, Italy that have been protected from damage by late frost with frost-protection sprinkling. Eremina et al show that in the freezing tolerance of plants steroid hormones take part, and elucidate molecular pathways, which contribute to this activity. (Photo: courtesy of D. Mitterer-Zublasing)

Plants cannot simply relocate to better surroundings when their environmental conditions are no longer suitable. Instead, they have developed sophisticated molecular adaptation mechanisms. Scientists at the Technical University...[more]


14.09.2016

Science you can touch: The TUM School of Life Sciences presents current research projects at the Central Agricultural Festival

Student of Agricultural Sciences working for a research project with drones in the field. (Photo: U. Benz/ TUM)

Coinciding with the opening ceremony of the Oktoberfest in Munich, the Bavarian Central Agricultural Festival (ZLF) will also be opening on September 17, 2016 on the Theresienwiese. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) will...[more]


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