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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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  • 05. February 2020, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    Viruses and cancer – systematic overview published

    Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center systematically investigated the DNA of more than 2,600 tumor samples from patients with 38 different types of cancer to discover traces of viruses – which they found in 13 percent of the samples studied. The researchers also identified mechanisms that the pathogens use to trigger carcinogenic mutations in the DNA. The work is part of the Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG), an initiative launched by the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC).

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  • 05. February 2020, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Fastest High-precision 3D Printer

    KIT Scientists Develop New 3D System to Print Structures of Submicrometer Accuracy at Record Speed – Publication in Advanced Functional Materials

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  • 05. February 2020, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    Traces of immortality in tumor DNA

    To gain an infinite lifespan, cancer cells need to maintain the ends of their chromosomes, known as telomeres. They achieve this in various different ways. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center systematically investigated more than 2,500 tumor genomes of 36 types of cancer to find out how these mechanisms are manifest in changes in the DNA. Active lengthening of the telomeres is one of the hallmarks of all cancer cells and hence an important focus in developing targeted treatments. The study is part of the Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG).

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  • 05. February 2020, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
    The most comprehensive map to date of the cancer genome published

    The great hope of precision oncology is to be able to recommend effective drugs to cancer patients based on an analysis of their tumor genome. Recommendations like these must draw on careful comparative analyses based on the genome data of thousands of patients. That is the goal of the Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG) Initiative: The researchers involved, including scientists from the German Cancer Research Center, aim to use this meta-analysis of all mutations in more than 2,600 tumor genomes from 38 different kinds of cancer to clarify which mutations or patterns of mutations in genomes promote cancer initiation and growth across several types of cancer?

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  • 05. February 2020, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
    CIGSe thin-film solar cells: EU Sharc25 project increases efficiency

    Thin-film solar cells made of copper, indium, gallium, and selenium (CIGSe) are cost-effective to produce and now achieve efficiencies of significantly more than 20 percent. This level of performance was achieved through post-processing with alkali elements, and the procedures are suitable for industrial-scale production. Insights into the beneficial effect of these alkali treatments from the EU Sharc25 project have now been collected in an article published in Advanced Energy Materials.

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  • 05. February 2020, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    “Noisy” Chips: Insights from Brain Research Offer Benefits for Neuromorphic Hardware

    Jülich, 3 February 2020 – Neuromorphic chips modelled on the human brain have enormous potential, offering a promising and efficient alternative for artificial intelligence (AI) tasks in particular. However, a number of questions have yet to be answered, not least because the mechanisms and principles that make the original model – our brain – so efficient remain unclear to this day.Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich together with their partners from the Human Brain Project have now shed light on an aspect of biological information processing that had previously remained a mystery. They set out to discover which mechanism in both the brain and neuromorphic chips creates a form of “excitatory background noise” that is necessary for certain types of computations in neuronal networks. Physicist Dr. Tom Tetzlaff from Jülich’s Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-6) played a key role in the investigations.

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  • 05. February 2020, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Funding for international cooperation between Helmholtz and Canadian research institutions

    Jülich, 5 January 2020 – The German-Canadian laboratory HIBALL, which is based around the 20-micrometre BigBrain model developed by Katrin Amunts of Forschungszentrum Jülich and Alan Evans of McGill University, was selected for funding by an international panel of experts as one of three projects in the “Helmholtz International Labs” programme and will receive up to € 300,000 per year for a period of five years.

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  • 05. February 2020, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Helping discover the diversity in soil

    Microbiological communities, which include bacteria, single-celled organisms and nematodes, reveal a great deal of information about the state of soils. All around the world, a lot of research is being performed on this biodiversity at a genetic level but third parties are not always able to put these research results to the best possible use. The reason for this: The information recorded in databases varies in terms of quality. UFZ researchers have now built up a new metadata-database for terrestrial metagenomes with over 15,000 datasets, which is intended to make work easier for scientists. This was published in the scientific journal Nucleic Acids Research.

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  • 04. February 2020, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI)
    New coronavirus module in SORMAS

    HZI-developed app for disease control is expanded to stop the spread of the pathogen. Scientists of the Department "Epidemiology" at the HZI lead by Prof Gérard Krause together with German and international partners developed the mobile information system SORMAS. The system operates as an application on mobile phones and is particularly suitable for use in regions with weak infrastructure. SORMAS can record local data on disease outbreaks and transmit it to ...

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  • 04. February 2020, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
    Double X-ray vision helps tuberculosis and osteoporosis research

    With an advanced X-ray combination technique, scientists have traced nanocarriers for tuberculosis drugs within cells with very high precision. The method combines two sophisticated scanning X-ray measurements and can locate minute amounts of various metals in biological samples at very high resolution, as a team around DESY scientist Karolina Stachnik reports in the journal Scientific Reports.

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