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  • Pancreatic cancer: Gene duplication explains tumor aggressiveness

    Insights into cancer evolution

    The research of Roland Rad and his team ist focused on molecular and translational aspects of cancer development. (Image: A. Heddergott / TUM)

    Pancreatic cancer is a form of cancer associated with the highest mortality rates in the world. However, until now genetic changes that could explain the aggressiveness and early metastasis of this form of cancer had not been found. A team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) has now shown that those characteristics can be explained by specific gene amplifications which occur along various evolutionary pathways of the cancer. Based on this discovery, they have derived basic principles underlying the biology of this cancer type.

  • Almost 80,0000 fans on social media platform Facebook

    TUM the most popular German university in social media

    Students at the Freshman Reception 2017 (Picture: Wolfgang A. Herrmann)

    The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is the most popular German university on Facebook, according to a current survey by the statistics portal Statista. Almost 80,000 users currently follow the daily posts, videos and photos covering university life, research and teaching. TUM was quick to recognize the potential of social media for interaction with students and with the public, as well as for international branding. The university set up its Facebook channel as early as 2010. TUM was the first German university to concentrate its online communications in a public relations department formed for the purpose.

  • TUM develops a tricycle for Munich's bike rental system MVG Rad

    Easy mobility with the E-Trike

    The E-Trike is to be included in the MVG Rad bike rental system.

    Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed an e-trike on behalf of the Munich Public Transit Agency (Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft or MVG). The trike, equipped with an electric drive, is to be included in the MVG Rad bike rental system. The development and design of the finished prototype is part of the EU project CIVITAS ECCENTRIC and took approximately one year to complete. The first trikes are planned to go into operation this year.

  • Wolfgang A. Herrmann honored for Bavarian-French cooperation

    Montgelas Prize for TUM President

    Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann was honored by the French Consul General Pierre Lanapats (l.) and the chairman of the Montgelas Society Pierre Wolff. (Image: Heddergott / TUM)

    Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, President of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) was awarded the Mongelas Prize on the 55th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty, in which Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer laid the foundations for the German-French friendship. The Montgelas Society honors Herrmann’s contribution to the Bavarian-French cooperation in research and teaching. The award commemorates the Bavarian state reformer Maximilian Joseph Count von Montgelas (1759 – 1838). Montgelas is regarded by historians as "the most capable statesman who has ever guided the fortunes of Bavaria" (M. Doeberl).

  • Simple organic molecules form complex materials through self-organization

    Complex tessellations, extraordinary materials

    The new process produces a complex semiregular 3.4.6.4 tessellation from simple organic molecules. (Image: Klappenberger and Zhang / TUM)

    An international team of researchers lead by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered a reaction path that produces exotic layers with semiregular structures. These kinds of materials are interesting because they frequently possess extraordinary properties. In the process, simple organic molecules are converted to larger units which form the complex, semiregular patterns.

  • Fast computer control for molecular machines

    Piecework at the nano assembly line

    Electric fields drive the rotating nano-crane – 100,000 times faster than previous methods. (Image: Enzo Kopperger / TUM)

    Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a novel electric propulsion technology for nanorobots. It allows molecular machines to move a hundred thousand times faster than with the biochemical processes used to date. This makes nanobots fast enough to do assembly line work in molecular factories. The new research results will appear as the cover story on 19th January in the renowned scientific journal Science.

  • Cloud technology: Dynamic certificates make cloud service providers more secure

    New quality certification for cloud service providers

    The scientists of the NGCert consortium want to make cloud service providers more secure with new dynamic certificates. (Image: H. Krcmar, C. Eckert, A. Roßnagel, A. Sunyaev, M. Wiesche)

    The volume of digital data produced and stored by companies is growing. Cloud technology offers a convenient solution: IT service providers offer storage space or software which enables data to be saved remotely. But how can companies be sure that their data is protected against unauthorized access or deletion? Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have studied this issue and developed a model which allows service providers to be checked and certified reliably.

  • Which water body conditions influence environmental DNA analysis?

    Species identification in the water bottle

    Environmental DNA analysis makes it possible to detect aquatic organisms without having to catch them: Bernhard Stoeckle (right) fetches a water bottle with liquid from a stream. On the left next to him Sebastian Beggel, while Prof. Jürgen Geist is waiting for the rehearsals. (Photo: A. Heddergott/ TUM)

    Environmental DNA analysis makes it possible to detect water organisms without having to capture them first. For the first time, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) systematically investigated the effect of various environmental factors on environmental DNA analyses. By doing so, the researchers have made an important step towards the standardized application of this method for the monitoring of water bodies.

  • Multiple sclerosis: Cholesterol crystals prevent regeneration in the central nervous system

    Lipid metabolism controls regeneration in the central nervous system

    Together with his team Prof. Mikael Simons researches the formation and removal of the myelin sheathes which surround nerve fibers and which are destroyed in Multiple Sclerosis. Here he uses a licorice roll to illustrate the appearance of the sheathes. (Photo: A. Eckert / TUM)

    Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, in which the body's own immune cells attack the fatty, insulating myelin sheath surrounding nerve fibers. The regeneration of intact myelin sheathes is a necessary prerequisite for patients to recover from MS relapses. Nevertheless, the body's ability to regenerate myelin decreases with age. A team led by Prof. Mikael Simons from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now published a possible explanation in the journal "Science": Fat derived from myelin, which is not carried away rapidly enough by phagocytes can trigger chronic inflammation that in turn impedes regeneration. Furthermore, in a second publication Simons' team describes the discovery of novel cell type, which appears only when a myelin sheath is being created.

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