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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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  • 18. January 2018, German Cancer Research Center
    Modular gene enhancer promotes leukemia and regulates effectiveness of chemotherapy

    Every day, billions of new blood cells are generated in the bone marrow. The gene Myc is known to play an important role in this process, and is also known to play a role in cancer. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Heidelberg Institute for Stem Cell Technology and Experimental Medicine (HI-STEM) have now found that just how big a role Myc plays is determined by a distant section of DNA that contains a cluster of gene enhancers. In certain blood cancer cells, this cluster has been altered, which affects Myc activity and thereby accelerates cancer growth and affects how the cancer responds to chemotherapy. This cluster of enhancers might therefore be a suitable target in the treatment of blood cancer. The findings are published in Nature in collaboration with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and colleagues from Canada.

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  • 18. January 2018, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
    Perovskite solar cells: mesoporous interface mitigates the impact of defects

    The nominal cell operating life of perovskite solar cells is strongly influenced by their inner architecture.This was shown by two scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and the Technical University of Munich. They combined experiments with numerical simulations in order to explain this observation.

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  • 17. January 2018, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Researching Electrochemistry Live

    Jülich, 17 January 2018 – Scientists from Jülich, the USA and the Czech Republic have developed an experimental set-up enabling electrochemical processes at solid-liquid interfaces to be monitored “live” and with unprecedented precision. As a result, numerous research problems can now be investigated with much higher accuracy than before, such as why lithium-ion batteries deteriorate or which catalyst materials would be most suitable for maximizing fuel conversion efficiency. The new platform resolves features as small as a few nanometres in size, has a temporal resolution of fractions of a second and is element- and oxidation state-specific; therefore it is able to distinguish between copper atoms and copper ions, for instance.

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  • 16. January 2018, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Novel Containers for Active Ingredients and Modular Biotransformations – BioSC Launches Two New FocusLabs

    Jülich, 15 January 2017 – Integrative research approaches promoting the transition towards a sustainable bioeconomy in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) – this is the objective of the two new "FocusLabs" which will be funded for three years from 2018 onwards. These FocusLabs are part of the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC), NRW’s scientific centre of excellence for sustainable bioeconomy. Scientists from all four partner institutions of BioSC are involved in the FocusLabs. The interdisciplinary research approaches range from innovative technology that is set to significantly reduce the global use of fungicides and herbicides to the development of novel value chain networks for the sustainable production of basic chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The Ministry of Culture and Science (MKW) is investing a total of € 4.2 million in the two new FocusLabs as part of the NRW strategy project BioSC.

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  • 16. January 2018, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf
    Study: Pulsating dissolution found in crystals

    When German researchers zoomed in to the nanometer scale on time-lapse images of dissolving crystals, they found a surprise: Dissolution happened in pulses, marked by waves that spread just like ripples on a pond.

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  • 15. January 2018, German Cancer Research Center
    New research project on age-related diseases

    The German Cancer Research Center and the Helmholtz Zentrum München will be coordinating a project called "Aging and Metabolic Programming", or AMPro for short, over the next three years. All centers of the Helmholtz Health Research Section will be involved with the aim of exploring innovative prevention and treatment approaches to age-related diseases. Of the total funding of six million euros, around 1.5 million euros will remain at the German Cancer Research Center.

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  • 15. January 2018, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association
    The dark side of treating cancer with drugs

    What are the consequences if a cellular aging-like program is acutely activated in tumor cells? And what role does the stem cell program play in it? In the journal Nature, a research team at Charité and MDC is publishing its findings on the downsides of drug therapy in cancer treatment.

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  • 15. January 2018, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie
    Perovskite solar cells: perfection not required!

    Metal-organic perovskite layers for solar cells are frequently fabricated using the spin coating technique. If you follow the simplest synthesis pathway and use industry-relevant compact substrates, the perovskite layers laid down by spin coating generally exhibit numerous holes, yet attain astonishingly high levels of efficiency. The reason that these holes do not lead to significant short circuits between the front and back contact and thus high-rate charge carrier recombination has now been discovered by a HZB team headed by Dr.-Ing. Marcus Bär in cooperation with the group headed by Prof. Henry Snaith (Oxford Univ.) at BESSY II.

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  • 12. January 2018, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    NASA and DLR investigate the impact of aviation on the climate - joint flight tests on alternative fuel emissions

    In January 2018, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) and the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are set to conduct joint research flights in Germany for the first time. The focus will be on alternative fuel emissions and the characterisation of ice crystals in condensation trails (contrails), using biofuel as an example.

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  • 11. January 2018, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    Karlsruhe Urban Transition Lab to Be Extended

    KIT’s Urban Transition Lab 131 Will Be Extended to the “Karlsruhe Transformation Center for Sustainable Futures and Cultural Change“

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