2015.01.15 | Grant

Molecular Biology and Genetics researchers awarded considerable strategic funds

In the latest appropriation round, researchers at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics were awarded no fewer than three out of ten grants by the Programme Committee for Health, Food and Welfare under the Danish Council for Strategic Research (DSF).

Assistant Professor Stig Uggerhøj Andersen was awarded a grant of DKK 17 million from the Innovation Fund Denmark to increase the amount of nitrogen in organic farming. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen.
The researchers will study the correlation between clover yields and the genetic composition of the three components of the nitrogen cycle – soil bacteria, clover and grass. Photo: Colourbox.

2015.01.15 | Grant

Enough nitrogen for organic farming

One of the major challenges in organic farming is maintaining a positive balance in the nitrogen cycle. Nitrogen is an important nutrient for plants, but it is removed from the soil whenever crops are harvested. It can therefore be difficult to maintain a sufficiently high level of accessible nitrogen in the soil without using artificial…

Associate Professor Henrik Brinch-Pedersen has been awarded a grant of DKK 12.3 million by the Innovation Fund Denmark to develop natural food colouring. Photo: Charlotte Hamann Knudsen.
To meet the increasing demand for natural food colours, the research team intends to increase the content of the natural colorant anthocyanin in black carrots. Photo: Bjarne Jørnsgaard, Chr Hansen.

2015.01.15 | Grant

Developing natural food colouring

A number of synthetic food colours have been shown to have undesirable side effects, especially in children. Since 2010, the EU has demanded that selected synthetic dyes should be labelled, and there is a major world demand for natural food colours. Associate Professor Henrik Brinch-Pedersen has been awarded a grant of DKK 12.3 million by the…

Anders Olsen has been awarded DKK 10 million from the Innovation Fund Denmark to find out why some bacteria are healthy and some harmful. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen.
The researchers use the simple and popular nematode (roundworm) <em>C. elegans</em> in their studies. Because it is so small (1.2 mm) and has a short generation time (3 days), it is extremely well suited to this type of study. Photo: Anders Olsen.

2015.01.15 | Grant

Worms and health-promoting bacteria

A research collaboration between Aarhus University, SSI (State Serum Institute) and DuPont will find out why some bacteria are healthy and some harmful. A worm measuring 1.2 mm that feeds on bacteria will help provide the answers. The Innovation Fund Denmark has invested in the project by awarding a grant of DKK 10 million to Anders Olsen.

The co-occurrence of the NEXT complex and an accessible RNA 3’end drives an early RNA exosome decay. The NEXT complex, via its RNA-binding component RBM7, physically contacts RNAs early during their cellular lifecycle (1). NEXT binding does not automatically lead to decay by the exosome (2a), but the presence of NEXT provides the possibility for exosomal degradation, which can only occur upon emergence of an unprotected RNA 3’end (2b). One group of newly discovered NEXT substrates are metabolites of intronic snoRNA production events (3).

2015.01.08 | Research

How to target the RNA decay machinery

In collaboration with two other European groups, researchers from Aarhus University have uncovered molecular details leading to targetting of the major RNA decay machinery, the RNA exosome, to its nuclear RNA substrates. Studies can now be designed to address the role of this early nuclear RNA decay pathway in processes where rapid RNA decay may…

By sequencing the genome of the bowhead whale, an international research team with Danish participation has identified a number of genes that may protect the whale against age-related diseases and cancer. Photo: Adam Schmedes.
Photos from the researchers' scientific article on the front page of the prestigious journal <em>Cell Reports</em>.

2015.01.07 | Research

The genome of the bowhead whale sequenced

By sequencing the genome of the bowhead whale, an international research team with Danish participation has identified a number of genes that may protect the whale against age-related diseases and cancer.

PhD student Ewa Terczynska-Dyla and Associate Professor Rune Hartmann show new research results which suggest that it is possible to develop new treatment for hepatitis targetting the individual patient. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen.

2015.01.05 | Research

Genes show the way to better treatment of hepatitis C

One of the most common causes of hepatitis C (formerly known as infectious hepatitis) is a hepatitis C virus infection in the liver. The disease can be treated, but not all patients are cured by the treatment currently available. New research shows that the response to medical treatment depends on genetic factors.

Bjørn Panyella Pedersen. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen

2014.12.16 | Grant

ERC Starting Grant awarded to Bjørn Panyella Pedersen

Bjørn Panyella Pedersen, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, has been awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) valued at EUR 1.5 million to start a research group within structural biology at Aarhus University.

Ian Max Møller

2014.12.16 | Grant

Control of protein degradation in biology and medicine

Protein aggregation in cells is a symptom of many diseases. Ian Max Møller, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, will try to solve this problem during the next three years with a grant amounting to more than DKK 6.4 million from the Danish Council for Independent Research | Technology and Production Sciences.

Peter Refsing Andersen (left) and Torben Heick Jensen. Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen.

2014.11.20 | Research

A novel strategy to sort functional from non-functional RNA

The human genome is promiscuously transcribed yielding RNA from >75% of its DNA. It is presently intensely debated how much of this material is functional. Danish researchers have devised a method to help address this problem.

The strange plant Welwitschia mirabilis, which grows in the deserts of Namibia, is a veritable Methuselah with leaves that are 2-3 meters long. Now, researchers from Aarhus University will use the long-lived plant as a model for aging in humans. Photo: Janne Hansen.

2014.11.19 | Grant

Unlocking the secrets of Methuselah?

Some organisms can live for thousands of years, while we humans may achieve at the most 100-120 years. Researchers are delving into the cells of plants and humans to explore what it is that makes the difference.

MSc student Morten Thybo (the tall guy in the middle), who did his bachelor project at MBG, was on the winning team in the FoodTech Challenge. Photo: Tony Brøchner / MCH

2014.11.19 | Awards

Molecular Nutrition and Food Technology student on the winning team

A milk drink with purified water won the FoodTech Challenge. A bachelor student from MBG was on the winning team.

Detector Gadget is a detective made of RNA. He can study cells and molecules, and he uses fluorescent substances when detecting. Illustration: Ebbe Sloth Andersen, iNANO, Aarhus University.

2014.11.19 | Awards

Aarhus nanoscale detectives on the podium in Harvard competition

A team of BSc students from Aarhus University won two third places in the biomolecular design (BIOMOD) competition at Harvard University.

The research team from Aarhus University behind the new results (left: Professor Torben Heick-Jensen, Senior Researcher Søren Lykke-Andersen and PhD student Britt Ardal). Photo: Lisbeth Heilesen

2014.11.18 | Research

Host genes under the knife

A Danish research team has analysed the use of a particular cellular RNA degradation mechanism, which has revealed how the expression of the most complex class of genes in human cells is controlled. The study contributes to an understanding of the cell’s basic regulatory tools, and the results may eventually lead to a better understanding of the…

Schematic illustration of the MhsT transporter, which consists of many thousands of atoms shown here in a surface representation. Red and blue areas are negatively and positively charged, respectively, and grey areas are neutral. The black lines indicate where the protein is located in the cell membrane, and IN and OUT indicate the inside and outside of the cell. The enlarged panel shows the MhsT surface in a semi-transparent version, so you are viewing a centrally located Na+ ion that, in a crystallised state, achieves entry to the inside of the cell through a narrow tunnel, which opens when the transporter slams completely into the outside. The Na+ ion can now escape and, because the intracellular environment has a very low content of Na+, this drives the transporter to transport into the cell – in this case with amino acids and, for the closely related neurotransmitter transporter, with neurotransmitters from the synaptic cleft. (Figure produced by Lina Malinauskaite)

2014.10.28 | Research

New knowledge about neurotransmitter pathways in the brain

Insight into transport mechanisms in brain cells is extremely important in connection with disorders such as schizophrenia, epilepsy and depression, as well as in connection with producing the right medicine. Defects in proteins responsible for the transport of neurotransmitters are actually related to psychological and neurological disorders, and…

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