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Fungi are extremely important for us human beings – both in a positive and in a negative sense. Some species are being used biotechnologically for the production of food, enzymes and antibiotics, whereas others are detrimental, causing great agricultural damage. However, as scientists from the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI) and from the Technische Universität Braunschweig...
The CRISPR-Cas9 system is one of the most important discoveries in molecular biology in recent years. Description and exploitation of RNA-programmable CRISPR-Cas9 as a genetic tool was first published in 2012, it is based on the immune system of bacteria and archaea. Still young, it is already considered a ground-breaking technology. Thanks to the CRISPR-Cas9 system scientists can now...
The name of the Interferon-beta (IFN-β) molecule and the English word “interfere” go back to the same Latin roots. And interfering is exactly what this messenger molecule, whose formation is increased in infections and cancer diseases, does. Consequently, it is often administered therapeutically. Amongst other things, it prevents formation of new blood vessels within a tumour, thus...
How do bacteria, the intestinal surface and the immune system interact with each other? Dr Till Strowig from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig wants to tackle this question in a joint project with the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Using the body’s own molecule Interleukin 22, he will analyse the complex interplay between intestinal microbes...
Franziska Broer is the new Administrative Director of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) in Braunschweig. Before joining the HZI this month, she led the Administration and Controlling department at the Helmholtz Association’s Head Office. Broer takes over the position from Ulf Richter who became the new chancellor of the University of Siegen in October.
“It is our...
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