News from the Göttingen Campus

Göttingen research team asks people in Germany about their shopping, eating and cooking behaviour and food security during the corona pandemic
Researchers at the University of Göttingen conducted a consumer survey across Germany starting in mid-April to find out how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting shopping, eating and cooking behaviour and just how crisis-proof people think the food system is. The survey responses from the first phase of collection show that the fear of rising food prices was high at the beginning of the pandemic. In addition, people shopped less frequently and…
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Göttingen team analyzes the progression of the epidemic
Since the beginning of March, public life in Germany has been severely restricted due to the corona pandemic. Following the encouraging decline in the number of new cases of COVID-19, the debate on the effectiveness of interventions taken to date and on further relaxation of the restrictions is meanwhile gaining momentum. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS) and the University of Göttingen have now…
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Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization uncover new mechanisms that regulate protein function
Proteins, the microscopic “workhorses” that perform all the functions essential to life, are team players: in order to do their job, they often need to assemble into precise structures called protein complexes. These complexes, however, can be dynamic and short-lived, with proteins coming together but disbanding soon after. In a new paper published in PNAS, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen,…
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Göttingen University researchers develop software for the simulation of complex breeding programmes
A team of researchers at the University of Göttingen has developed an innovative software program for the simulation of breeding programmes. The "Modular Breeding Program Simulator" (MoBPS) enables the simulation of highly complex breeding programmes in animal and plant breeding and is designed to assist breeders in their everyday decisions. Furthermore, the program is intended to be a cornerstone for further studies in breeding research in…
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Regular processes in the environment improve our eyesight
When we find something particularly beautiful or impressive, we literally get big eyes: Our pupils dilate. The pupil controls how much light enters the eye and falls on the retina. When there is a lot of light, the pupil contracts; when there is little light, it opens again. Neuroscientists from the German Primate Center (DPZ) - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research and the European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen have now found out in a study…
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Wissenschaftler der Universitätsmedizin Göttingen entwickeln Handlungspfad zur Vorhersage von Erkrankungsschwere und Organkomplikationen bei COVID-19. Online veröffentlicht in der renommierten Fachzeitschrift „The Lancet“ in der Ausgabe vom 6. Mai 2020.
Einen Handlungspfad zur Früherkennung und Behandlung von schweren Verläufen bei COVID-19 Infektionen hat ein Expertenteam der Universitätsmedizin Göttingen (UMG) entwickelt. Ein einfacher Urintest soll dem ärztlichen Fachpersonal helfen, schon früher Warnzeichen für einen bevorstehenden schweren Verlauf der COVID-19 Erkrankung zu erkennen. Anhand weniger Parameter kann so, noch Tage, bevor Lunge und andere Organe schwer versagen, mit der…
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Viola Priesemann from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization talks about the spread of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 and strategies to contain the Covid-19 epidemic. She is one of the authors of a statement by non-university research organisations on pandemic.
Germany is looking for a way out of the Covid-19 epidemic. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Helmholtz Association, the Leibniz Association, and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft have jointly published a statement outlining various paths through the corona epidemic based on model calculations. Viola Priesemann, who heads a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, is co-author of this position paper. Her team has…
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The US-American National Academy of Sciences has elected Patrick Cramer as Foreign Associate. The prestigious academy thus honors the biochemist for his outstanding research on a fundamental process of life – how cells read the information encoded in the genes and how this is regulated. (in German)
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Infection researchers from the German Primate Center identify starting points for vaccine development and therapy
The SARS coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infects lung cells and is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. The viral spike protein mediates entry of the virus into host cells and harbors an unusual activation sequence. The Infection Biology Unit of the German Primate Center (DPZ) - Leibniz Institute for Primate Research has now shown that this sequence is cleaved by the cellular enzyme furin and that the cleavage is important for the infection of lung…
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An analysis of 369 solar-like stars shows that solar brightness variations are extremely weak
The Sun is an ever-changing star: at times, numerous dark sunspots cover its visible surface; at others, the surface is completely "empty". However, by cosmic standards the Sun is extraordinarily monotonous. This is the result of a new study presented by researchers under the leadership of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany in the upcoming issue of Science. For the first time, the scientists compared the Sun with…
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