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Motion-directed robots on a micro scale

Microswimmers capped with carbon on one side can be propelled and steered by light Phototactic behaviour directs some bacteria towards light and others into darkness: This enables them to utilize solar energy as efficiently as possible for their metabolism, or, …

Archaeogenetics reveals unknown migration in the South Pacific

Archaeogenetic analysis points towards settlers from Melanesia Only some 3500 years ago people began to colonize the South Pacific archipelagos of Oceania. An international team of researchers including scientists from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History …

DNA structure influences the function of transcription factors

Spatial arrangement of the binding site and neighbouring segments modulates gene activity Substances known as transcription factors often determine how a cell develops as well as which proteins it produces and in what quantities. Transcription factors bind to a section …

One trace of dark matter vanishes

A mysterious X-ray signal most likely originates from sulfur ions which capture electrons A mysterious X-ray signal from clusters of galaxies recently caused some excitement among astronomers: Does it perhaps originate from dark matter, which makes up around 80 percent …

Hereditary diseases are the price of protection against infections

Balancing selection is responsible for helping us fend off pathogens, but also for the occurrence of mutations in our genome that predispose us to hereditary diseases Almost half our genes can be the starting point for diseases. Scientists have identified …

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