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Systems BiologyThe goal of systems biology is to describe the dynamic processes of life and of biological systems using mathematical models. In line with the foundation of the new Braunschweig Integrated Centre of Systems Biology (BRICS) we have compiled some background information about systems biology for you: To the systems biology feature.
Johanna Wanka, German Federal Minister of Research, said: "The dramatic experience of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has made it very clear that the national and international emergency planning for epidemics of this type was insufficient. SORMAS shows, in an exemplary manner, how German research contributes to solutions for the global health challenges of our times. We need…
Bacteria of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa species are hospital germs and are resistant to many common antibiotics. They can infect all organs and implants and form so-called biofilms, in which they are protected and survive for long periods of time. This results in a chronic infection that is very difficult to treat, since both the immune system and antibiotics cannot harm the…
Sugar-binding proteins called lectins are widespread in all domains of life and used as virulence factors in numerous bacteria, e.g. in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Lectins make it easier for the microorganisms to adhere to the host for the purpose of infection. This motivated Dr Alexander Titz, who is the head of the "Chemical Biology of Carbohydrates" junior research group of…
Like cardiovascular diseases and cancer, diabetes is one of the most widespread diseases of modern societies. The current German Health Report Diabetes presumes the number of afflicted individuals in Germany alone to be 6.7 million people, of which two million have not been diagnosed with the disease yet. In an early type 2 diabetes disease, the regulation of the glucose balance by…
Cancer diseases are some of the most common causes of death throughout the world, and they are still gaining in significance as the average general population gets older. However, we still do not have a satisfactory therapy for many types of tumours. One extremely promising approach is to involve the immune system in the control of the tumour. Scientists from the HZI use Salmonella…