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News and views on research at the Helmholtz Association - this is the place to look for all the press releases issued by the Helmholtz Research Centres and the Helmholtz Head Office. A comfortable search function helps you to view specific news items from the Helmholtz Research Centres in chronological order. Older press releases can be found in our archive or on the website of the relevant Helmholtz Research Centre.

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  • 06. December 2021, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
    X-ray laser reveals how radiation damage arises

    Using the X-ray laser European XFEL, an international research team has gained new insights into how radiation damage occurs in biological tissue. The study, published in the journal Physical Review X, reveals for the first time in detail how high-energy radiation causes water molecules to break apart into potentially dangerous radicals and electrically charged ions, which can then trigger harmful reactions in the organism.

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  • 06. December 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon
    Standardisation of industrial residual stress characterisation: EASI-STRESS

    The EU project is now picking up speed

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  • 03. December 2021, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    Why COVID-19-patients require prolonged ventilation

    In cases of severe COVID-19, the lungs develop unusually pronounced scarring, scientists from Berlin, Aachen and Würzburg report in “Cell”. Macrophages are central to this process. Misguided wound healing responses resulting in scarring may explain why COVID-19 patients remain in respiratory failure for so long.

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  • 03. December 2021, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)
    Lipid-lowering drugs not a risk factor in COVID-19

    Statins do not increase infectivity or viral replication of SARS-CoV-2. Statins are prescribed to lower cholesterol levels. High blood lipid levels are often associated with diseases of the cardiovascular system. Patients taking these drugs therefore belong to the particularly vulnerable risk group for severe courses of COVID-19 infection. On the one hand, previous studies have shown that there is an association between statin use and lower COVID-19 mortality. ...

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  • 03. December 2021, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)
    Key Virulence Factor of Salmonella characterized

    CSSB researchers study protein modifications of bacterial surface structures. The flagella, which is comprised of tens of thousands of flagellin proteins, is not only important for the movement of Salmonella but also plays a key role in its ability to invade the human host cell. The parts of the flagellin proteins that are exposed are highly versatile and subject to modification by enzymes. One such modification, known as methylation, occurs when a methyl group ...

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  • 02. December 2021
    Green information technologies: Superconductivity meets Spintronics

    Superconducting coupling between two regions separated by a one micron wide ferromagnetic compound has been proved by an international team. This macroscopic quantum effect, known as Josephson effect, generates an electrical current within the ferromagnetic compound made of superconducting Cooper-pairs. Magnetic imaging of the ferromagnetic region at BESSY II has contributed to demonstrate that the spin of the electrons forming the Cooper pairs are equal. These results pave the way for low-power consumption superconducting spintronic-applications where spin-polarized currents can be protected by quantum coherence.

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  • 01. December 2021, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    How to fill a heart

    Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction was previously considered largely untreatable. An MDC team led by Professor Michael Gotthardt has now succeeded for the first time in improving cardiac function with the help of a synthetic nucleic acid, as the researchers report in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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  • 01. December 2021, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
    Using terahertz to explore the inside of the cell: Joint research group between the Cluster of Excellence Physics of Life (PoL)

    Since December 2021, Dr. Ellen Adams leads the DRESDEN-concept Research Group for Physical Chemistry of Biomolecular Condensates. Her position with tenure track to a professorship is jointly funded by the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the Cluster of Excellence Physics of Life (PoL) at TU Dresden. Ellen Adams aims to use the latest terahertz technologies to decipher biophysical processes of interfaces - so-called membrane-less condensates - in the cell interior, which for example play a role in neurodegenerative diseases.

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  • 30. November 2021, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    3D Laser Nanoprinters Become Compact

    Researchers of the Cluster of Excellence 3D Matter Made to Order Show How 3-dimensional Nanostructures Can Be Printed Using Compact Desktop Devices – Publication in Nature Photonics

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  • 29. November 2021, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)
    The evolution of tumors

    The genetic material of individual cancer cells within a tumor varies – including in neuroblastoma, a cancer that predominantly occurs in early childhood. What’s more, these genetic differences are constantly evolving, as researchers from Charité and the MDC report in Nature Communications.

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