28.02.18 | A team of scientists led by AcademiaNet member Prof Petra Dersch discovered how Yersinia germs hide from the immune system: They reduce the production of a toxin that, during an acute infection, causes tissue inflammation. When the inflammation subsides, the bacteria can "go undercover" and persist in their host for years.
12.02.18 | A highly effective tail is needed in order for a sperm to be able to swim and fertilise an egg. By using cryo-electron tomography, researchers led by AcademiaNet member Johanna Höög have identified a completely new nanostructure inside sperm tails. Their study has now been published in the journal Scientific Reports.
01.02.18 | A team of researchers led by AcademiaNet member Elly Tanaka reports that they have successfully sequenced the genome of the Mexican axolotl. The salamander is well known for its unique regenerative abilities, which – the researchers hope – will be easier to study now that the full genetic information of the axolotl is available.
23.01.18 | A new study led by AcademiaNet member Valeria Skafida highlights that factors such as snacking habits and socioeconomical circumstances may strongly affect the oral health of children below five.
17.01.18 | AcademiaNet member Professor Anne Glover recently gave a talk at the International Science Festival in Heidelberg titled “Why evidence matters”. We spoke to her about her time as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Government and to the President of the European Commission as well as the role evidence takes in political decision-making.
15.01.18 | Theologist Prof Mette Birkedal Bruun obtained two research awards in late 2017: the Carlsberg Foundation Research Prize and a grant from the The Danish National Research Foundation. The additional funds will allow her to run a new centre of excellence for basic research, focusing on privacy as well as expand her work on medieval monasticism.
10.01.18 | If a cell encounters a stress situation, it reacts immediately to ensure its survival. AcademiaNet member Prof Anne Spang and her research group at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel have investigated how a shortage of sugars affects vital processes in the cell. Their work has now unearthed a new survival factor, called Puf5p.