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From the opening ceremony: (from left) Jens Peter Holst Lauritsen from the Novo Nordisk Foundation, Jørgen Kjems from MBG and iNANO, Kurt V. Gothelf from Chemistry and iNANO and Ken Howard from MBG and iNANO, and iNANO Center Manager, Trolle Linderoth. Photo: Roar Paaske.

2018.03.21 | Grant

Starting signal for the multifunctional medicine of the future

The potential for the research now being addressed by the Center for Multifunctional Biomolecular Drug Design (CEMBID) at Aarhus University is enormous. The goal is to create a new generation of drugs that can be used to diagnose and treat cancer and atherosclerosis - which together represent two thirds among the causes of death globally.

Left panel of the figure displays the structure of the newly developed nanobody (magenta) bound to a C3 fragment called C3b (green). In the right panels, data demonstrating that the nanobody and mutants hereof are able to inhibit the cleavage of C3 in 15% human serum. The researchers also constructed a nanobody mutant that completely loses it inhibitory effect on C3 cleavage (purple curve) making it a perfect negative control. Figure: Rasmus Kjeldsen Jensen and Janus Asbjørn Schatz-Jakobsen.

2018.03.15 | Research

A small protein with many applications

Researchers from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and from the Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University have collaboratively developed and described a llama-antibody that might have significant impact for future diagnostics and treatment of, e.g., kidney diseases.

Fungal diseases cause major loss in both field and storage, so it is important to find effective tools to fight them. Photo: Aarhus University

2018.03.12 | Research

Cereals have a built-in defence against fungal attacks

Researchers at Aarhus University have identified a gene in wheat and barley that can protect the cereal from attack by the fungi Fusarium and Aspergillus.

A volcanic "hot pool" with archaea in various orange colours growing along the edge. The three-dimensional structure of the anti-CRISPR protein is shown in the foreground. Image is courtesy of Ditlev E. Brodersen, AU/Colourbox.

2018.03.06 | Research

Arms race among microbes

The hot, muddy pools of Iceland are home to a number of simple, single-celled organisms, and new research shows that they also constitute a true biological battlefield and the basis for an arms race of unprecedented magnitude. The new knowledge about the struggle between living organisms in hot pools gives us a much better understanding of how…

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2018.03.02 | Research, Knowledge exchange

New research project aims to boost the production of young sows for organic breeding

The PorganiX project will create the first, organic, core livestock of young sows, genetically selected for organic breeding goals, to produce more robust, organic pigs. The outcome of the pioneer project will be an overall lift of the organic, pig producing sector, in Denmark and internationally.