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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.

Polarised human melanoma cells in suspension. The picture to the left shows a fluorescence microscopic image showing polar distribution of the protein ezrin (displayed in yellow), and the actin cytoskeleton (displayed in magenta). The cell nucleus is shown in cyan. The picture to the right shows a thin section transmission electron microscopy image revealing strong polar folding of the plasma membrane, which makes the pole "sticky" and enhances cell attachment. Figure: Anna Lorentzen.

2018.02.28 | Research

How polarisation helps tumour cells metastasise

An international research team identifies single-cell polarity as a feature of circulating tumour cells that helps cells to leave circulation and found metastases. The novel results provide a new potential target in the fight against metastatic cancer.

Researchers from Aarhus University have identified DNA variants that affect udder health in cows. Photo: Colourbox

2018.02.28 | Research

Data from milking can be used to promote cow health

Technology on the dairy farm can be used to improve the genetic evaluation of dairy cow milking traits and thus improve the animals’ health and welfare.

Kjeld A. Marcker. Photo: Anne Marcker

2018.02.26 | People

Professor Kjeld Marcker - one of the major pioneers of molecular biology – died

Together with Nobel Laureate Fred Sanger, Kjeld Marcker revealed that protein synthesis initiation was dependent on a completely different mechanism than expected, as all proteins were synthesised using a very special methionine initiator tRNA. Also, Kjeld Marcker's research group was the first to clone and determine the DNA sequence of the gene…

An international research team might have found a drug that can be used as treatment against Alzheimer’s disease. Figure: Yujun Hou, NIA, NIH.

2018.02.06 | Research

Nicotinamide Riboside – a new promising treatment against Alzheimer’s Disease

By treating different mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease with a precursor of NAD+, which is a central coenzyme in the metabolism of the cell, an international research team might have found a drug that can be used as treatment against Alzheimer’s disease. Treatment of Alzheimer’s disease mice improved their neuronal function, memory and learning…

Jørgen Kjems. Photo: Novo Nordisk Foundation.

2018.01.31 | Awards

Jørgen Kjems awarded the Novo Nordisk Prize 2018

Jørgen Kjems, professor at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and iNANO, receives the Novo Nordisk Prize 2018 for his interdisciplinary pioneering studies of how the DNA's biological cousin, RNA, plays a key role in cell regulation and has a huge potential in future disease treatment.

The three recipients of the Innovation Fund Denmark's Grand Solution Prize. Left: Senior Researcher Peter Løvendahl, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University, Project Manager Jan Lassen, Viking Genetics and Chief Scientific Officer Henrik Bjørn Nielsen, The Technical University of Denmark. Photo: Maiken Kestner.

2018.01.29 | Awards

The Innovation Fund Denmark's Grand Solution Prize is awarded to three researchers for their breeding of climate-friendly cows

Peter Løvendahl from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University, Jan Lassen from Viking Genetics and Henrik Bjørn Nielsen from the Technical University of Denmark receive the Innovation Fund Denmark's Grand Solution Prize for the breeding of climate-friendly cows, which alone in Denmark ensures a reduced emission…

MAX-IV-laboratory at Lund, Sweden. Photo: ©ABML4.

2018.01.26 | Grant

Novo Nordisk Foundation awards DKK 255 million for establishing the world’s most powerful protein “microscope”

The Novo Nordisk Foundation is supporting the establishment of an ultra-modern research platform in Lund, Sweden. The platform will enable researchers to investigate proteins at a level of detail not previously possible and can thus form the basis for developing new drugs. Researchers from Aarhus University have had a strong impact on the…

Figure: Thomas Boesen

2018.01.24 | Grant

Nordic network in Nobel Prize–winning technology

A new Danish-Swedish research alliance wants to advance understanding of how biological molecules look and behave. With support from the Novo Nordisk Foundation and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, scientists at four universities in Denmark and Sweden will join forces to create a Nordic network in cryo-electron microscopy, whose…

Researchers have found a new mechanism in which an antibody can prevent allergic reactions in a broad range of patients. It is a scientific breakthrough, which could pave the way for a far more effective allergy medicine.

2018.01.23 | Research

Researchers describe antibody that can stop allergic reactions

Researchers have found a new mechanism in which an antibody can prevent allergic reactions in a broad range of patients. It is a scientific breakthrough, which could pave the way for a far more effective allergy medicine.

A 3D model of the new DNA origami nanodevice - named "DNA Vault" - that can enclose an enzyme and regulate its catalytic activity. Graphics: Guido Grossi

2018.01.19 | Research

Nanovault controls enzymes

Researchers from Aarhus University have now succeeded in building a nanovault of DNA strings that can control enzymes. The nanovault functions as a safe in which an enzyme can be stored away and where only a specific set of keys can shut down the enzyme again. Aarhus University has also become the headquarters of a European PhD school that will…

Esben Skipper Sørensen

2018.01.18 | People

New Professor of Bioactive Food Proteins

Esben Skipper Sørensen has been appointed professor of bioactive food proteins at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University, Denmark. The appointment is effective as of 1 January 2018

An international team of researchers has revealed a fundamental mechanism responsible for handling stress in staphylococci when they are exposed to antibiotics. Figure: Ditlev E. Brodersen.

2018.01.15 | Research

Danish researchers reveal how the MRSA bacterium handles stress

An international team of researchers has revealed a fundamental mechanism responsible for handling stress in staphylococci when they are exposed to antibiotics. It is expected that the research results eventually can be used to develop new antibiotics that circumvent such stress mechanisms.

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