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Bio-inorganic chemistry: Larger lanthanides preferred

Rare earth elements are vital for many modern technologies. Chemists at LMU have now shown that a cofactor found in a bacterial enzyme can selectively extract some of these metals from mixtures in an environmentally benign fashion.

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Cancer Research Institute (CRI): Veit Hornung received Coley Award

Professor Veit Hornung has received the William B. Coley Award, endowed with a medal of honor and US $ 5,000, from the renowned US Cancer Research Institute (CRI) in New York.

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Innate immune system: How cGAS is kept bottled up

In higher organisms, detection of DNA in the cytoplasm triggers an immune reaction. The enzyme that senses ‘misplaced’ DNA is also found in the nucleus, but nuclear DNA has no such effect. LMU researchers now report why that is so.

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Awards: ERC Starting Grant for Prof. Lena Daumann

Six early-career researchers have won ERC Starting Grants in conjunction with LMU, including Prof. Lena Daumann from the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy.

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Gene therapy: New strategy against hereditary blindness

Retinitis pigmentosa is the most common form of hereditary blindness. Munich scientists have now used a gene therapy approach to compensate for the loss of defective genes in mice by specifically activating disused genes with a similar function.

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Reading rooms of the specialist library for chemistry and pharmacy reopened

The specialist library for chemistry and pharmacy has reopened its reading rooms on Monday, August 17, 2020 and offers a limited number of workstations in compliance with the currently applicable strict safety and hygiene rules.

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DNA repair: Locating and severing lethal links

Covalent cross-links between proteins and DNA are among the most hazardous types of DNA damage. LMU researchers have now characterized an enzyme that breaks such bonds, and elucidated how it specifically recognizes sites of damage.Covalent cross-links between proteins and DNA are among the most hazardous types of DNA damage. LMU researchers have now characterized an enzyme that breaks such bonds, and elucidated how it specifically recognizes sites of damage.

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