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A team of researchers, including scientists from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, has identified several candidates for drugs against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus using the PETRA III X-ray light source at the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY)
A team of researchers, including scientists from the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, has identified several candidates for drugs against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus using the PETRA III X-ray light source at the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY). Among them are two promising compounds that are currently being investigated in preclinical studies. This drug screening – probably the largest of its kind – also…
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Cell culture studies show that mutated viruses are less susceptible to inhibition by antibodies from recovered or vaccinated individuals
Testing and vaccination - these are the pillars on which humanity is trying to get a grip on the Coronavirus pandemic. Although it is taking longer than many had expected, it is believed that it is only a matter of time before we are all vaccinated and thus protected. However, time is also working for the virus, which has now mutated several times, with variants B.1.1.7 from the United Kingdom, B.1.351 from South Africa and P.1 from Brazil…
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Researchers at the University of Göttingen demonstrate advantages of human-machine teams for truck transportation
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming more common in many branches of industry and online retailing. Traditional lines of work, such as transport logistics and driving, are developing in a similar direction although mainly out of public view. Scientists at the University of Göttingen have now investigated how efficient the use of AI can be in the commercial management of trucks. Their answer: the best option is an intelligent…
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On March 26, the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) honored Patrick Cramer, Director at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry, with the Otto Warburg Medal. Virologist Christian Drosten of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin received the Eduard Buchner Prize. At the virtual event, both researchers presented their latest corona research results.
The question is considered one of the great mysteries of biology: How is the activity of genes controlled? The cell only copies active genes in the form of long RNA molecules, which then serve as building instructions for proteins. This copying process – called transcription – is carried out by biological nanomachines known as RNA polymerases. These are the focus of Cramer´s research in the Department of Molecular Biology.   “With his findings,…
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Voluntary service for students and employees - around 23,000 tests since November
The University of Göttingen is still in a phase of limited attendance onsite and events attended in person are only permitted in exceptional cases. In order to ensure their safety, students and employees can regularly and voluntarily be tested for SARS-CoV-2 in the Mensa Italia and at the North Campus using a PCR test. Since the Campus Covid Screen (CCS) project started its pilot and then moved into regular operation in November 2020, a total of…
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Astrophysicists at the Universities of Göttingen and Auckland simulate microscopic clusters from the Big Bang
The very first moments of the Universe can be reconstructed mathematically even though they cannot be observed directly. Physicists from the Universities of Göttingen and Auckland (New Zealand) have greatly improved the ability of complex computer simulations to describe this early epoch. They discovered that a complex network of structures can form in the first trillionth of a second after the Big Bang. The behaviour of these objects mimics the…
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International research team including Göttingen University investigates babies’ preference for type of speech and language
A unique study of hundreds of babies across four continents shows that all babies respond more to infant-directed speech – baby talk – than they do to the type of speech directed at an adult. In fact, babies prefer baby talk in any language, but particularly when it’s in a language they’re hearing at home. An international research team including the University of Göttingen – the “ManyBabies” – also revealed that babies as young as six months can…
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A comet impact on Jupiter 27 years ago makes it possible for the first time to directly measure the winds in the gas giant's stratosphere.
Violent storms rage in the middle atmosphere above Jupiter's poles: With wind speeds of up to 1450 kilometers per hour, they exceed even the strongest terrestrial tornadoes by a factor of three. This is the result of observations performed by an international team of scientists, including three researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany. The winds could indicate giant vortices over Jupiter's poles. To…
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The BioDiversum will be built in the coming months. It will provide a habitat for endangered animal and plant species. Today, earthworks for the pond began, the biotope’s central measure. With this project on its premises near Nikolausberg, the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry wants to contribute its share to stopping the massive loss of biodiversity.
A spring without birdsong, a summer without humming insects – this ecological horror scenario could become reality if species loss continues at its current pace. In Germany, the bird population has collapsed by 65 percent since 1965, that of insects by 80 percent since 1980. According to the United Nations Diversity Report 2019, around one million species are at the verge of extinction worldwide. “We want to help counteract this dramatic…
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Research team including Göttingen University observe for the first time extremely faint filaments
The Universe is criss-crossed by a cosmic web consisting of large filamentary gas structures in which galaxies should form. The existence of this network confirms the most important predictions about how the structure of the Universe changes. An international research team, led by the University of Lyon, have now for the first time produced images of the network of filaments and corresponding maps of the young Universe. The University of…
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