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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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  • 20. June 2018, German Cancer Research Center
    Key molecule of aging discovered

    Every cell and every organism ages sooner or later. But why is this so? Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg have now discovered for the first time a protein that represents a central switching point in the aging process. It controls the life span of an individual - from the fly to the human being. This opens up new possibilities for developing therapies against age-related diseases.

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  • 20. June 2018, Forschungszentrum Jülich
    Producing sensors with an inkjet printer

    Jülich / Munich, 21 Juni 2018 - Microelectrodes can be used for direct measurement of electrical signals in the brain or heart. These applications require soft materials, however. With existing methods, attaching electrodes to such materials poses significant challenges. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now succeeded in printing electrodes directly onto several soft substrates.

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  • 20. June 2018, Helmholtz Head Office
    Fair wind for founders: Helmholtz to fund six innovative spin-offs

    Faster bone loss detection using marine chemistry, equipping cargo bikes with high-performance fuel cells, or simplifying the energy efficiency measurement of buildings – these are three of the six new business ideas selected for the Helmholtz Enterprise funding program. These spin-off projects now have up to 260,000 euros at their disposal for one year.

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  • 20. June 2018, GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research
    “Beam on”: Accelerator operation restarts, experimental time is being prepared

    It’s a significant moment for the scientific work at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung and the future accelerator center FAIR. Following a two-year break during which it underwent extensive modernization, the existing accelerator facility has been restarted very successfully and will soon be supplying researchers from around the world with a large variety of high-quality ion beams. This will mark the beginning of the experiment period scheduled for 2018, which also coincides with the start of the first stage of the FAIR experimental program, or “FAIR Phase 0.”

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  • 19. June 2018, German Cancer Research Center
    14 new breast cancer risk genes discovered

    Many genetic markers associated with the familial breast cancer risk are outside the protein-coding regions of the genome and are likely to regulate the activity of neighboring genes. In a large international network, in which numerous DKFZ researchers were also involved, scientists have now combined genome-wide association studies with an estimation of the gene activity. They identified 48 genes whose activity is associated with breast cancer risk. Among them are 14 genes that have not yet been associated with breast cancer. The functional analysis of these genes can provide further information on the tumor biology of breast cancer and thus possibly identify target structures for new therapies.

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  • 19. June 2018, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association
    A case of “kiss and tell”: Chromosomal kissing gets less elusive

    Chromosomes occupy different territories in the nucleus; their arrangement and communication with each other is still poorly understood. Scientists from Berlin and Jena published in EMBO Journal findings about structural chromosomal aberrations which have an effect on genome organization (chromosomal kissing) and disease progression.

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  • 19. June 2018, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    The oak genome unveils the secrets of tree longevity

    An international consortium driven by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research INRA and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission CEA has sequenced the genome of the pedunculate oak. The work recently published in Nature Plants, which also involved three researchers from Central Germany, reveals two main genomic features related to the longevity of this emblematic species. The first is the existence in the genome of a particularly rich and diverse set of genes involved in resistance against pests (fungi, oomycetes, insects, bacteria and viruses). This extended defense arsenal affords trees protection against their dominant predators and is likely a key to their longevity. The second feature revealed by the work is the existence of somatic mutations that can be transmitted to the next generation - a result that raises questions about the importance of somatic mutations (non germ line) in generating genetic diversity in long-lived species.

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  • 18. June 2018, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
    From the Baltic sea to the South sea

    13 June 2018/Kiel. Do coral reefs exist in the Baltic Sea? How to study the spread of microplastic in the ocean with the help of sailing racing yachts? What are researchers from Kiel investigating with a drillship off New Zealand? The Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel will provide answers to these questions and many more during the Kiel Week. A diverse program will offer insights into the exploration of the seas on our doorstep and the oceans worldwide.

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  • 18. June 2018, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
    Reducing micro-pollutants in water: How to finance?

    Pharmaceutical residues from domestic dwellings, hospitals and agriculture are contaminating our water. The introduction of a strategy to handle micro-pollutants aims to solve this problem in Germany in the future. However, the issue of how this is to be financed has to be addressed. One option would be the introduction of a payment scheme for the use of pharmaceutical products that pose a risk to water sources and supplies. For this reason, a mechanism for charging for pharmaceutical products, which takes into account both the legal and economic issues, has been discussed in greater detail in a scientific report produced by Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research researchers for the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) in Germany.

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  • 15. June 2018, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
    Why the tongue of the Pine Island Glacier suddenly shrank

    The Pine Island Glacier in Western Antarctica is not only one of the fastest-flowing ice streams in the Southern Hemisphere; over the past eleven years, four major icebergs have calved from its floating tongue. In February 2017, researchers on board the German research icebreaker Polarstern successfully mapped an area of seafloor previously covered by shelf ice. A comparison of these new maps with satellite images of the ice stream reveals why the glacier suddenly retreated toward the coast: at important points, it had lost contact with the ground, as the experts report in the online journal The Cryosphere, a journal of the European Geosciences Union. 

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