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Restricted operations extended until 17 April

President's information for employees

In response to the continued spread of the virus and the Federal and Bavarian government measures to limit contact among the public, the TUM Board of Management decided to extend the university’s restricted operations, for the time being, until 17 April 2020 at midnight. Current regulations will continue to apply for all TUM locations. For the most recent information on restrictions, please refer to the information at www.tum.de/en/corona.

Restricted operations extended until 17 April
  • Menschliches αA-Kristallin liegt in Strukturen aus je 12, 16 und 20 Untereinheiten vor (vlnr). Jeweils zwei Untereinheiten (Bildmitte, dunkel- und hellgrau) bilden ein Dimer.
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    Guardian angel of the eye

    Protective protein in the eye lens affects protein oxidation

    The lens of the human eye comprises a highly concentrated protein solution, which lends the lens its great refractive power. Protective proteins prevent these proteins from clumping together throughout a lifetime. A team of scientists from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now uncovered the precise structure of the αA-crystallin protein and, in the process, discovered an important additional function.

  • Researchers used the Crispr-Cas9 gene scissors to cut a defective part from the DNA.
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    Gene scissors against incurable muscular disease

    New gene correction therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

    Duchenne type muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common hereditary muscular disease among children, leaving them wheelchair-bound before the age of twelve and reducing life expectancy. Researchers at Technical University of Munich (TUM), Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) and the German Research Center for Environmental Health (Helmholtz Zentrum München) have developed a gene therapy that may provide permanent relief for those suffering from DMD.

  • Nanostruktur auf einer Silberoberfläche, gebildet durch Wasserstoffbrücken zwischen den Hydroxamsäure-Gruppen an den Enden des stabförmigen Grundbausteins.
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    Pretty with a twist

    Complex, porous, chiral nano-patterns arise from a simple linear building blocks

    Nanoscience can arrange minute molecular entities into nanometric patterns in an orderly manner using self-assembly protocols. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have functionalized a simple rod-like building block with hydroxamic acids at both ends. They form molecular networks that not only display the complexity and beauty of mono-component self-assembly on surfaces; they also exhibit exceptional properties.

  • Prof. Dr. Christian Peschel
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    A life's work for stem cell research

    "Tech-Histories Alive" on January 21 with Prof. Christian Peschel

    Today blood stem cells are frequently used in therapy to treat leukemia and lymphoma. But decades of research were necessary before the first successful applications in treatment. On January 21 in the series "Tech-Histories Alive", Prof. Christian Peschel will take a look at the decisive steps in researching stem cell biology, exploring the path to successful application and potentials for further stem cell therapies.

  • Prof. Thomas Hofmann an einem Rednerpult
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    Science and society in transition

    "Munich Talk" on January 20 with TUM President Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann

    What is the appropriate role for science and engineering in a world where political certainties are dissolving while global problems such as climate change need solutions? How do research and education need to adapt? Prof. Thomas F. Hofmann, the President of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), will address these issues on January 20 in the "Munich Talks" series at the Bavarian School of Public Policy / TUM School of Governance.

  • Mikroskopische Aufnahme von Fettzellen (grün). In Blaufärbung sieht man den Zellkern. Rot ist das so genannte UCP1, ein Transmembranprotein, das Wärme ohne Muskelaktivität wie etwa Zittern generieren kann.
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    Emergence of calorie burning fat cells

    A new approach to treating overweight and obesity

    1.9 billion people in the world are overweight. Of these, 650 million people are obese, which increases the risk of secondary diseases such as high blood pressure or cancer. Professor Martin Klingenspor and his team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) examine how our fat metabolism affects our body weight and overall health. In cooperation with professor Bart Deplancke’s systems biology group from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the team has now uncovered an entire network of genes that could turn energy storing fat into beneficial calorie burning fat.

  • Zur Messung der Hubble-Konstante wurden Aufnahmen des Hubble-Weltraumteleskops verwendet, die weit entfernte Quasare zeigen, deren Licht von Vordergrundgalaxien umgelenkt wird. (Bild: S. H. Suyu / TUM / MPA, K. C. Wong / Univ. Tokio; NASA; ESA)
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    New Hubble constant measurement using cosmic lenses

    New measurement of the universe's expansion rate strengthens call for new physics

    Using cosmic lenses an international team of astrophysicists determined the universe's expansion rate, completely independent of any previous method. The researchers' result further strengthens a troubling discrepancy between the expansion rate calculated from measurements of the local universe and the rate as predicted from background radiation of the early universe. The new study adds evidence to the idea that new theories may be needed to explain the underlying physics.