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Fixated on food?

11/16/2017 | Neurobiology

Fixated on food?

Contrast has an impact on the optokinetic reflex, which enables us to clearly perceive the landscape from a moving train. LMU researchers have now shown that visual features that modulate this ability are encoded in the retina.

Location, location, location!

11/13/2017 | Nanomaterials

Location, location, location!

As LMU physicists demonstrate in a new study, the optical and photocatalytic properties of so-called carbon dots can be precisely tuned by controlling the positions of nitrogen atoms introduced into their structure.

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10/27/2017 | Cell Biology

Cellular power outage

Protein aggregation is a hallmark of many neurodegenerative diseases. Even in normal cells, such deposits can accumulate in mitochondria, blocking energy production, but a newly described quality control system can mitigate the problem.

Dodging the bullet Grafik: Kateryna_Kon / fotolia.com

10/25/2017 | Helicobacter pylori

Dodging the bullet

Helicobacter pylori is a widespread bacterial pathogen that infects the lining of the stomach, where it can cause ulcers and even cancer. As a new study shows, its genetic variability complicates efforts to develop an effective vaccine.

Scavenging to survive below the seafloor Foto: alswart / fotolia.com

10/25/2017 | Marine microbiology

Scavenging to survive below the seafloor

Microorganisms living in the sediments buried below the seafloor obtain their nutrients by using secreted enzymes to degrade adsorbed detritus. A new study shows that in order to survive for long time scales, microorganisms eat one another after they die.

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