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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.
In a way, bacteria do talk to each other. They do not communicate by words, but rather by chemical signals. This allows them, for example, to coordinate the penetration into a host or their proliferation. This special type of communication is called "quorum sensing". The term, "quorum", originates from the time of the Roman Empire and corresponds to the smallest…
“We have high hopes for this drug candidate,” explained Dr Martin Empting, who is conducting the project at the HIPS/HZI together with Prof Rolf Hartmann and Dr Thomas Hesterkamp. Unlike antibiotics, the substance does not kill the bacterium, it disrupts its ability to harm the host and protect itself from the immune system by forming a biofilm. “This pathoblocker also makes the…
Like tiny machines, proteins in our body do hard work. Virtually all processes are performed or controlled by these highly specialised protein molecules. They transmit signals, convert energy, initiate chemical reactions or provide growth and movement. These partially very complex protein machines, such as RNA polymerases, are not easy to decode in their structure and function.…
In their search for food or a suitable host, many bacteria produce flagella – i.e. long filaments made up of thousands of proteins that the bacteria can use like a propeller for targeted movement. An early step in the production of a new flagellum is that various components in the cell membrane jointly form a pore from which the flagellum then grows. This pore functions as a…
Vaccines are one of the most successful and cost-effective public health tools for disease prevention. Their development though is time-consuming and complex, requiring a combination of specialised skills and technical capacities not readily available at a single organisation.
In order to facilitate access to these skills and capacities and to promote collaborations in the…