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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.
How may individualisation find its way into care of patients with infectious diseases? This is the hot topic to be discussed during the international Herrenhausen Symposium on June 21-23, 2018, in Hannover.
During his or her lifetime, every human being is infected with at least one of the nine human herpesviruses. In most cases, the immune system of healthy people keeps the infection under control and severe illness only rarely develops. Herpesviruses have adapted excellently to their host – they manipulate the immune system in many different ways and manage to remain in the host for…
Scientists need primary body cells for many investigations, screenings of new agents and active substance tests. These cells originate directly from the respective tissue or organ. However, biopsies yield only small numbers of cells that are insufficient for broad screenings. For example: Although it is possible to obtain blood vessel-producing endothelial cells from umbilical…
Our ability to change the content of genes at will—whether to reverse genetic diseases or improve food and energy crops—is undergoing a revolution. This revolution is being driven by “CRISPR-Cas9”, a technology based on an immune system of bacteria, discovered only a few years ago. This immune system recognizes and cuts foreign genomic material (desoxyribonucleic acid, DNA) from…
Influenza challenges our immune system time and again: Once it learns to recognise and eliminate a current influenza virus, the next wave of infections features yet another unknown viral strain, as the influenza pathogen modifies itself permanently. The immune system is prepared for this scenario through a number of receptors that recognise pathogens as being foreign and activate…
The genotype 3 hepatitis E virus in our region is mainly transmitted by undercooked pork, while the genotype 1, which is widespread in Asia and Africa, is mainly transmitted by feces. This is a major problem, especially in crisis areas: after the earthquake in Nepal in 2015, in Syrian refugee camps, in military camps - everywhere, where many people live in confined spaces under poor…