On these pages you will find a selection of research news from the Leibniz Institutes.
  1. Hydrogels for a better treatment of chronic wounds
    21.04.2017 · Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden

    Diabetes is often associated with chronic wounds whose treatment remains challenging. Researchers have now developed hydrogels that promise new treatment modalities for patients suffering from chronic cutaneous wounds.

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  2. A New Role for Autophagosomes in Neurodegeneration
    11.04.2017 · Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie

    Autophagosomes are small membrane vesicles in charge of waste disposal to promote recycling of its components. A new discovery shows autophagosomes in a completely new light and fuels hope for new treatments for neurodegenerative...

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  3. Smelling the risk of infection
    10.04.2017 · German Primate Center

    Mandrill primates are able to smell an infected group member and consequently groom them less than healthy individuals. This behavior plays a crucial role in the co-evolution of host and parasite.

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  4. Virtual Reality meets Astrophysics
    10.04.2017 · Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam

    A new Virtual Reality (VR) website invites visitors to experience the cosmos and to take virtual tours through astronomical observatories - offering 360 degree videos and panoramas.

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  5. The “Research Fab Microelectronics Germany” gets off the ground
    11.04.2017 ·

    To reinforce the position of Europe's semiconductor and electronics industry within global competition, eleven institutes within the Fraunhofer Group for Microelectronics have, together with two institutes within the Leibniz...

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  6. Guidance system for nerve cells
    06.04.2017 · DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials

    In many tissues of the human body the spatial organization of cells plays an important role. Scientists developed an injectable gel, which provides a functional guidance system for cells.

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  7. Open letter to Viktor Orbán
    05.04.2017 ·

    The amendment to the Hungarian Law on Higher Education threatens the Central European University. Leibniz President Matthias Kleiner appeals to Prime Minister Orbán to reconsider.

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  8. Draft sequence of the rye genome
    04.04.2017 · Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung

    Researchers report on a whole-genome draft sequence of rye. This represents a genome resource of high value for comparative genomics and genome-based breeding for sustainable crop production.

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  9. Europe`s first cave fish
    05.04.2017 · Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    A team of cave divers and researchers discovered Europe's first cave fish in Southern Germany. The findings show that adaptation to subterranean habitats can be fast - requiring only a few thousand years.

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  10. Non-proliferation and Disarmament
    05.04.2017 · Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

    A new online course covers all relevant aspects of the EU non-proliferation and disarmament agenda and is an open edu­cational resource for all inter­ested users world-wide.

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  11. New gene mutation leads to infertility in women
    30.03.2017 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    More than 80 million people in the world have an unfulfilled desire to have children. Now, researchers have found a new gene mutation that obviously leads to infertility in women.

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  12. It’s not that simple
    30.03.2017 · German Institute for International Educational Research

    Girls perform better in reading, while boys do better in mathematics? A study shows that the influence of gender on students' academic achievement varies with social background.

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  13. Textbook of the Year
    30.03.2017 · Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research

    This year the jury honoured extraordinary textbooks at the primary level. The textbooks impressed the jury in their ability to offer diverse, child-appropriate approaches to complex topics.

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  14. Novel cell culture modell
    30.03.2017 · Leibniz Institute for Animal Biology

    Scientists developed a novel cell culture model in which processes in the Fallopian tube can be simulated realistically outside the animal organism.

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  15. Diabetes Drug May Improve Fracture Healing
    22.03.2017 · German Institute of Human Nutrition

    A new study shows that gliptins — well known from diabetes treatment — play an important role in the cellular composition of bones. The discovery provides a novel therapeutic approach to improve bone healing in older, overweight...

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  16. Endangered giants
    30.03.2017 · Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Freshwater megafauna such as river dolphins and sturgeons play vital roles in their respective ecosystems. Researchers have teamed up with international colleagues to illustrate the factors that currently threaten these large...

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  17. The vicious circle of drought
    15.03.2017 · Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

    Logging that happens today and potential future rainfall reductions in the Amazon could increase the risk for self-amplified forest loss. A great variety of tree species in a forest patch can significantly strengthen the chance...

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  18. First it was cows – now it’s larvae!
    14.03.2017 · Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

    Chaoborus spp is a small fly that uses methane to help it move around. A research demonstrates the negative role played by the larvae not just in global warming.

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  19. Simulating cellular sorting processes
    08.03.2017 · DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials

    Researchers developed a set of different, micrometer-sized building blocks, which can self-sort and co-assemble into defined compositions and disassemble at the push of a button. Using this particles, scientists try to simulate...

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  20. Incorrect gene activation causes cancer
    27.02.2017 · Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute

    Researchers verified that a lack of methyl groups in the gene body leads to an incorrect gene activation and, as a consequence, to the emergence of cancer. Chemical regulation of gene expression could be a new target for cancer...

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