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Your new paper is about the natural product darobactin. Where does this molecule come from and why is it so interesting for you? Darobactin is an antibiotic that was first described by Imai and colleagues in the journal Nature in 2019 and is naturally produced by the bacterium Photorhabdus khanii HGB1456. This bacterium lives in symbiosis with nematodes, i.e. threadworms, that…
At the Helmholtz Data Science Career Day on September 22, 2021, centers and partner institutions will now come together to present career opportunities from PhD to professorship in all research areas to international Data Science talents.
The early afternoon conference program will provide insight into the exciting research and pathways of data scientists at the Centers: How does…
"Bacteria that are resistant to several drugs can become as great a threat as the current Corona pandemic if countermeasures are not taken in time," says Prof Rolf Müller, Director of the Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), a site of the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI), and DZIF Coordinator for New Antibiotics. "The question is not if, but…
Professor Lehr, you have been selected as a "scout" in the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Henriette Herz Programme - what does that mean? As a scout in the Henriette Herz Programme, I have the opportunity to nominate three young, PhDs from abroad for a one-year Humboldt fellowship each. I have a total of three years to do this. In contrast to the "regular" procedure, the…
Fusobacterium nucleatum is found in the human oral cavity and is an important component of an intact microflora in the mouth. However, it can also contribute to the development of periodontitis. And more importantly, the germ is also increasingly being found within the human body, namely on colon cancer cells and breast carcinomas. There, it appears to accelerate tumor growth and…