Whole-genome sequencing of bulls in key beef and dairy breeds

Prof. Ruedi Fries (right) und Dr. Hubert Pausch monitor sequence data of breeding cattle. (Picture: U. Benz / TUM)

An international collaboration known as the "1000 bull genomes project" aims to accelerate breeding for desired traits in beef and dairy cattle while also improving animal health and welfare. Results of the project's first phase...[more]


Organic agriculture boosts biodiversity on farmlands

Does organic farming foster biodiversity? The answer is yes, however, the number of habitats on the land plays an important role alongside the type and intensity of farming practices. These are the findings of an international...[more]


Decoding characteristic food odors: Scientists map molecular olfactory signatures of foodstuffs

The typical aromas of foodstuffs are encoded by just a few key odors. (Picture: A. Dunkel, Ch. Sturz / TUM)

How are we able to recognize foodstuffs like strawberries, coffee, barbecued meat or freshly boiled potatoes by smell alone? Foodstuffs contain more than 10,000 different volatile substances. But only around 230 of these...[more]


Cell stress inflames the gut: New insights into chronic bowel inflammation

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a common condition in western industrialized countries. What triggers it, however, is not yet fully understood. Nutrition researchers at Technische Universität München (TUM) have now identified...[more]


Filling in the gaps on the protein map: Scientists decode the human proteome

Substantial progress has been made in decoding the human proteome. Under the leadership of the Technische Universität München (TUM) researchers have now mapped more than 18,000 human proteins – 92 percent of the entire proteome....[more]


Cross-species analysis provides new insights into the hereditary transmission of type 2 diabetes: Error in DNA regulation increases risk of developing diabetes

Many diseases are closely linked to our DNA. Uncovering these connections could help answer some fundamental questions about diseases such as why some people get cancer while others do not or what makes some people susceptible to...[more]

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