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Stem cells from adult nose tissue used to cure Parkinson’s disease in rats

Published 8. Dezember 2014
Scientists have for the first time used adult human stem cells to “cure” Parkinson’s disease in rats. The finding might someday also lead to therapy prompting a full recovery in human patients for what is considered one of the most severe neurodegenerative diseases, and one that presently has no cure.
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The Best Sensory Experience for Learning a Dance Sequence

Published 7. November 2014
Bielefeld University partners with the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden

How can a sequence of dance steps best be learned? This question was the subject of a project led by researchers from Bielefeld University and the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden, who developed the study along with dancers and dance instructors. Together they researched whether dancers learn a dance sequence better by seeing or by listening, that is, if a dance instructor first demonstrates the sequence, or if he or she first gives a spoken explanation. The research article detailing the results of this study was recently awarded “Best Paper” at the October 2014 conference of the German Society for Cognitive Science.[Weiterlesen]
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Nationwide Survey: Confidence in times of crisis

Published 8. September 2014
Bielefeld University responsible for German part of the European Social Survey

How far do politicians pay attention to what people in Europe actually think? That is just one of the topics covered by the longitudinal European Social Survey (ESS). It will be studying the social and political views of more than 50,000 people in both Germany and roughly 30 other European countries. For the first time, Bielefeld University will be responsible for the sub-study assessing people’s attitudes in Germany. It will be starting this month. The ESS is considered to be one of the largest social-scientific surveys in Europe.[Weiterlesen]
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Religious freedom and human rights in constitutions

Published 5. September 2014

Conference at Bielefeld University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF)

Religion and religious freedom are not just a current and pressing topic in countries such as Egypt that are presently drafting new constitutions. When both drawing up and interpreting constitutions, experts also look at those of other countries and the experiences gained there. ‘Constitutional migration’ is the name given to the process by which ideas and concepts from one constitution transfer to another constitution. How this proceeds with reference to relations between the state and religion and particularly with reference to religious freedom is the topic of a conference to be held at Bielefeld’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) from 11 to 13. September.[Weiterlesen]
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Genetic study shows major impact of climate change on Antarctic fur seals

Published 24. Juli 2014
Genetic analysis of Antarctic fur seals, alongside decades of in-depth monitoring,* has provided unique insights into the effect of climate change on a population of top-predators. Published in Nature this week, the findings show that the seals have significantly altered in accordance with changes in food availability that are associated with climate conditions. Despite a shift in the population towards ‘fitter’ individuals, this fitness is not passing down through generations, leaving the population in decline.[Weiterlesen]
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Marriage of convenience with a fungus

Published 22. Mai 2014
Biologists at Bielefeld University publish study in ‘Nature Communications’

Thanks to a fungus, the medicinal plant ribwort plantain gains a higher concentration of the defensive compound catalpol. Biologists at Bielefeld University report this discovery in a study to be published this Thursday (22.5.2014) in the scientific journal ‘Nature Communications’. The increase in catalpol gives the plant better protection against pests. In the study, the research team worked with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. These are known to colonize the roots of land plants. The plants benefit from this, because the fungus provides them with nutrients and minerals. However, are the impacts of this marriage of convenience with the fungus on plant chemistry equal for all plants? That is what the researchers wanted to find out.
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Digital transformation in the academic world: New service and infrastructure to provide open access to research data

Published 20. Dezember 2013
Bielefeld University calls on academics to publish their research data

Whether the coalition agreement of the three ruling political parties, the CDU, CSU, and SPD, the German Research Foundation (DFG), or the European Commission with its new billion Euro research and innovation programmes – the calls for better access to scientific data are prominent. But what do these political demands mean for research at universities? How can data be made available for further analyses beyond the borders of the laboratory?  And where can research data to be found online? Bielefeld University is the first higher education institution on Germany to pass a resolution by the Rektorat calling on its academics to make research data easier to find and as accessible as possible to further analysis. And the decisive aspect here is that the coordination centre for research data [Kontaktstelle Forschungsdaten] at Bielefeld University library is delivering an immediate response to this by providing new digital advisory and publication services.[Weiterlesen]
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iGEM competition: First runner up to world champion for Bielefeld

Published 6. November 2013
Great success for Bielefeld University’s team with its microbial fuel cell       

Many months of laboratory work, numerous challenges, and, finally, good reason to celebrate: Ten students from Bielefeld University have been taking part in this year’s International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) organized at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – and they gained second place (First Runner Up). They had already won the European region preliminary round (11–13 October) with their construction of a microbial fuel cell to generate energy directly from bacteria. The final World Championship Jamboree was held from 1–4 November at the MIT in Boston, USA. The Bielefeld team competed successfully against 80 teams from all over the world. Professor Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, Rektor of Bielefeld University was openly delighted at the success of the young researchers. ‘I heartily congratulate the Bielefeld team for this fantastic result. This very good achievement underlines the international level of research and teaching at Bielefeld. And I wish to thank the students for helping to make Bielefeld University even more visible throughout the world.’[Weiterlesen]
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The molecular clock of the common buzzard

Published 23. Oktober 2013
Bielefeld biologists reveal the influence of genes on dispersal behaviour

Be it hibernation or the routes of migratory birds: all animal behaviour that is subject to annual rhythms is controlled by a molecular clock. Although this has been known for a long time, in many cases it is still unclear how far genes are involved in setting this internal clock. Up to now, this also applied to the common buzzard and its migration from parental breeding grounds. Behavioural scientists in Professor Dr. Oliver Krüger’s team at Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Biology have now confirmed that a genetic clock determines when young buzzards leave their parents’ territory. The key to these findings were observations from the general public who reported tagged birds to the researchers. The researchers have now published their study in the journal Molecular Ecology.[Weiterlesen]
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Bielefeld iGEM team wins European preliminary round

Published 21. Oktober 2013
Students at Bielefeld University impress the judges with their microbial fuel cell

Last weekend (11–13 October), Bielefeld University’s iGEM team won the European region preliminary round of the international iGEM competition. The jury was so impressed by the microbial fuel cell the team has developed to generate energy directly from bacteria that they judged them to be the best team in Europe. ‘We never even dreamed that we would win,’ says Lukas Rositzka, a member of the team. ‘The surprise was great and the joy even greater.’ iGEM stands for ‘International Genetically Engineered Machine competition’ and is the most important student competition in synthetic biology. It has been held every year since 2004 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA.[Weiterlesen]
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