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Hot start, followed by cold shock

06/15/2017 | Animal evolution

Hot start, followed by cold shock

The initial phases of animal evolution proceeded faster than hitherto supposed: New analyses suggest that the first animal phyla emerged in rapid succession – prior to the global Ice Age that set in around 700 million years ago.

Many forks make light work

06/07/2017 | Microbiology

Many forks make light work

New insights into the control of DNA replication and cell division in Corynebacterium glutamicum, a biotechnologically important microorganism, could help to optimize the industrial production of amino acids.

How ancestry shapes our immune cells

06/01/2017 | Immunology

How ancestry shapes our immune cells

A genetic variant that is particularly prevalent in people of African ancestry confers protection against malaria. LMU researchers have now shown how it modulates the properties of white blood cells that play a major role in immune defenses and inflammation.

Phagocytes in the brain: Good or bad?

05/30/2017 | Neurodegenerative diseases

Phagocytes in the brain: Good or bad?

The role of microglial cells in neurodegenerative disease is not fully understood. But new results from researchers in Munich and Basel suggest that stimulation of this arm of the immune system might well delay the onset of such disorders.

Where microseconds matter Grafik: rost9 /

05/30/2017 | Auditory perception

Where microseconds matter

To localize sounds, particularly low-frequency sounds, mammals must perceive minimal differences in the timing of signal reception between the two ears. LMU researchers now describe a unique feature of the neurons responsible for this task.

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