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19/12/2014

How chiral torques break left-right symmetry

A developing organism needs axes for orientation: Where is the top, where the lower part of the body, back and front? A third axis defines where the left and the right side goes. If you look at the sirface of our body, there is a clar axis with a symetrically mirrored left and right side. However, if you look at the inside, the organs are not at all arranged in a symmetric manner. How do cells break the left-right symmetry?

The Grill Lab uncovered a novel activity of the actomyosin cortex in C. elegans at the 4-cell stage: It generates active torques, counter-rotating flows that, in a screw-like motion, facilitate symmetry breaking.

Original paper: Sundar Ram Naganathan, Sebastian Fürthauer, Masatoshi Nishikawa, Frank Jülicher, Stephan W Grill: Active torque generation by the actomyosin cell cortex drives left-right symmetry breaking, eLife, 17 December 2014

Further information

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BIOTEC Forum 2014


01/12/2014

Molecules, Cells, and Tissue – Biomechanics Across Scales
 
More than 200 international scientists interchange about current research results at the BIOTEC Forum 2014 in Dresden from December 8th to December 9th, 2014. The Forum which is organized by the Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC) and the Center for Innovation Competence B CUBE at the TU Dresden since 2007 is focusing on „Biomechanics across scales – molecules, cells, tissue“ this year. The purpose of the open communication platform is to create worldwide cooperations between the working groups of biomechanics, biophysics, cell and developmental biology.

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TUD Team ‘Dresden DNAmic’ successful at the International BIOMOD Contest in Harvard


03/11/2014

For the third time in a row, a students team of TU Dresden yesterday reached the second place at an international science contest in Harvard (USA): Under the supervision of cfaed research group leader Dr. Thorsten-Lars Schmidt, twelve students of the BIOTEC master's programs 'Molecular Bioengineering' und 'Nanobiophysics' took part in the annual ‘Harvard Biomolecular Design Competition’ (BIOMOD) in Boston. The interdisciplinary team ‘Dresden DNAmic’ uses the DNA-Origami-technique to create a nanometer-sized photonic circuit with the helices of the genetic code carrier and gold nanoparticles.
In the previous two years, the TUD teams ‘Dresden Nanormous’ (2013) and the ‘Dresden Nanosaurs’ (2012) also reached a second place each. The ‘Dresden DNAmics’ received the third prize in the category ‘Best video’, the first prize for the best website and therefore came on the second place over all. The winner was a team from Australia.

“The target of our project is the production of plasmonic waveguides,” the biochemist Leon Bichmann of the ‘Dresden DNAmic’ Team explains. “The laser light propagates from gold particle to gold particle along the path provided by the DNA origami. We want to construct photonic nanocircuits which can guide signals much faster than electric signals in a wire. The DNA will be used in a completely new context, not as a carrier for genetic information but as a building material.” Applications might include smart phones and computers as well as medical technologies.

The BIOMOD jury will judge not only the project itself, but also the project’s website, a live presentation and a video clip. Furthermore, the students had to find sponsors of industry and science for their project. “Also at the ‘Long Night of Science’ and at the senior academy in Dresden, we presented the concept of our DNA circuits”, team member Jana Sievers remembers. “Since January 2014, we worked on the project – a good exercise also for the master thesis”, the biotechnologist says.
The participation in this competition was initiated by TUD's 'B CUBE – Center for Molecular Bioengineering' and 'Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC)'. The international competition, in which 30 teams of the whole world participate, is organized by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Thorsten-Lars Schmidt had spent his Post-Doc-period there, before he moved to Dresden as a research group leader of the Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed), the Cluster of Excellence for Electronics of Technische Universität Dresden (TUD).

Photo: ©BIOTEC/BIOMOD students


BIOTEC Researcher is one of the „Highly Cited Researchers 2014”


18/07/2014

Thomson Reuters publishes ranking list of outstanding researchers

The ranking list „Highly Cited Researchers 2014“ by Thomson Reuters named Dr. Michael Kuhn of the Biotechnology Center at the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) as one of the worldwide most cited researchers in the area biology and biochemistry. The American media company has evaluated the citation of scientific publications from 2002 until 2012 and listed 3,215 distinguished researchers in 21 different research areas in total.

Press Release

German Press Release

Download Photo: Michael Kuhn from the BIOTEC is one of the „Highly Cited Researchers 2014“. ©BIOTEC


New cells is what the human needs: More than 1,880 Visitors visited the CRTD during the Long Night of Science


07/07/2014

Is it possible to determine the physical characteristics of cells with the power of light, running water or tiny feathers? Why is the look of a mouse different to a fly? Answers to these and other fascinating questions were given to more than 1,600 visitors at the CRTD during the 12th Long Night of Sciences. Scientists of the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies – Cluster of Excellence (CRTD), the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC), the ZIK BCUBE, the German Center for Diabetes Research/Paul Langerhans Institute (DZD/PLID), the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), the German Center for Neurodegenerative Disease (DZNE), TU Chemnitz, the Life Science Incubator (LSI), the CRTD cooperation school Kooperationsschule Martin-Anderson-Nexö-Gymnasium (MANOS), the School Projects, and the Nanomod students presented their research on July 5th, 2014 from 6pm – 1 am: At various stations, lectures, and children tours it was possible for anyone to get an insight into the work of the CRTD and other institutes in the network. The visitors were able to catch the criminal with the aid of finger prints and blood samples, they learned more about the regenerative capacity of Axolotls and zebrafish, they tried to get along in the darkness of blind persons as well as learned about forces in the cell or latest diabetes and neurodegenerative research.

We want to say "Thank you" to all the scientists for their contributions to this successful Long Night of Science. They made this diverse program possible.
The next Dresden Science Night will be on July 3rd, 2015.

 Photo: CSI – Dresden: Catch the criminal! ©CRTD


European Funding: On the Road to Diagnosis Device for Blood Cells


07/07/2014

BIOTEC Professor transfers research results into commercial application

Professor Jochen Guck of the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) will initialize the commercialization of a new developed technology with the assistance of a “Proof of Concept Grants”, which is awarded by the  European Research LZ zu viel Council (ERC). The aim is to measure with an innovative device the mechanical features of cells for detecting early the disease of sepsis. For twelve months, 150,000 Euros are available for the physicist to evaluate the commercial application of the new method and to arrange the marketing.

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Axolotl, „CSI BIOTEC“, and Drums Alive – new cells is what the human needs


27/06/2014

Long Night of Science: Discover Science and Experiments

Is it possible to determine the physical characteristics of cells with the power of light, running water or tiny feathers? Is it possible to develop methods and new instruments for the clinical diagnostics of infections and diseases from the results? These exciting questions will be answered by scientists in the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden – Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden (CRTD), Fetscherstraße 105, 01307 Dresden during the Long Night of Science on Friday, July 4th, 2014 from 6pm to 1am. Research groups of the CRTD, the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC), the Center for Innovation BCUBE, the Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden (PLID), the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), as well as the Sports Medicine of the TU Chemitz will offer a look over their shoulder, give talks and invite visitors to actively participate in experiments. For children, there will be extra tours to the Axolotl. International student teams and students of the CRTD cooperation school Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium will show experiments.

Download Photo: On extra tours children can microscope and visit the Axolotl.©CRTD

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Program in German

Website of the Long Night of Science

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HFSP Funding for international Research Project at the BIOTEC: Switching Molecular Engines in Cells with Light


29/04/2014

The organization „Human Frontier Science Program Organization“ (HFSP) funds an international research cooperation under the direction of Professor Stephan Grill of the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC). Together with Professor Zev Bryant of the Stanford University Schools of Medicine and Engineering (USA), and Professor Alpha Yap of the University of Queensland (Australia), a method is established to switch molecular engines in cells and tissue with light. This cooperation is funded over three years with more than one million US dollars.

German Press Release

Photo: Professor Stephan Grill of the BIOTEC directs the research cooperation funded with more than one million US dollars by the HFSP. ©BIOTEC


FANTOM5 - a Parts List for Cell Type Definition


27/03/2014

The FANTOM5 project examines how our genome encodes the fantastic diversity of cell types that make up a human

After several years concerted effort by over 250 researchers in 114 labs based in more than 20 countries and regions, the FANTOM consortium publish a series of coordinated papers, a pair of landmark papers in Nature, and 15 other related papers in 9 journals today(ref.1,2,3). The papers published in Nature describe maps of promoters and enhancers encoded in the human genome, and their activity across the vast wealth of human cell types and tissues of the human body. Part of this concerted work was in particular Dr. Carlo Vittorio Cannistraci, research group leader at the Biotechnology Center at the TU Dresden (BIOTEC), who has created as biomedical cyberneticist theoretical structures out of the numerous data. (Link to the studies in Nature: dx.doi.org 10.1038/nature13182)

German Press Release

Link to the RIKEN Press Release

Photo: In a series of meetings got together the researchers of the FANTOM5 consortium in that took part over 250 researchers in 114 labs based in more than 20 countries and regions. They created the parts list for cell type definition. ©RIKEN


Creating a three-dimensional Model for the learning Brain


26/03/2014

New junior group leader for biomedical cybernetics at the BIOTEC

Dr. Carlo Vittorio Cannistraci is the  new junior group leader in the field of bioinformatics at the Biotechnology Center at the TU Dresden (BIOTEC). With his research topic “Biomedical Cybernetics” he can characterize processes of complex systems of various ranges in biology and medicine. Cannistraci has transferred to Dresden from the „King Abdullah University of Science and Technology“ in Saudi-Arabia as well as the University of California (San Diego, USA). German Press Release

Photo: Dr. Carlo Vittorio Cannistraci, new junior group leader at the Biotechnology Center at the TU Dresden. ©Private


„Sächsischer Biotechnologietag 2014“ – Awards for Research Studies at the Competitive Exhibition


20/03/2014

More than 220 researchers and entrepreneurs of biotechnology in Saxony and further federal states as well as European countries have visited the “Sächsische Biotechnologietag 2014” that was organized by the Biotechnology Center at the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) and the “Biotechnologische-Biomedizinische Zentrum” (BBZ) from the university of Leipzig with the assistance of biosaxony e. V. “The new concept of a competitive exhibition in the Saxon biotechnology sector in research, economics, and commercial applications works”, says Professor Michael Schroeder, director of the BIOTEC. Thirteen guest speakers covered the first steps of a researcher for commercializing his research results up to the point of the presentation of successfully established internationally acting enterprises. 29 Saxon industry exhibitors, among them start-ups of the TU Dresden and other scientific institutes, showed their products and technological applications in the foyer of the DFG-Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden – Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden (CRTD).

The poster session representedresearch results with a high potential of commercial applications. Joachim Haupt from BIOTEC received the 1. award for his research. Awarded were also Nicole Körber and Vuk Savkovic, both of the “Translationszentrum für Regenerative Medizin“ of the Universität Leipzig.

For the first time biosaxony e. V. awarded the best Bachelor’s and Master’s theses that students from Saxony had written in the subject of biotechnology. Claudia Heber was awarded the best Bachelor’s thesis  (conducted at „Berufsakademie Riesa“ and „Deutsche Biomasse Forschungszentrum Leipzig“). The second award was given to Helene Henning (B CUBE – Center for Molecular Bioengineering) and the third to Benedikt Schwarze (Universität Leipzig). Catleen Conrad (TU Bergakademie Freiberg) received the award for the best Master’s thesis in Saxony, followed by Tom Kunschmann (Universität Leipzig), and Sebastian Salentin (BIOTEC).

Photo: 29 Saxon industry exhibitors showed their products and technological applications in the foyer of the CRTD.  ©BIOTEC


„Sächsischer Biotechnologietag 2014“ – Converting Basic Research to Commercial Applications


17/03/2014

The “Sächsische Biotechnologietag 2014” (Saxon Biotechnology Day 2014) presents itself as a competitive exhibition of Saxon biotechnology in research, economics, and commercial applications on March 19th, 2014. It  is organized by the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) and the  “Biotechnologisch-Biomedizinischen-Zentrum der Universität Leipzig” (BBZ) with the assistance of biosaxony e. V.

In 2014,  the “Sächsische Biotechnologietag as a Saxon wide forum will play a key role as communication and cooperation platform among researchers, enterprises, and technology transfer centers in Saxony . The realigned program  covers the first steps of a researcher for commercializing his research results to the point of the presentation of successfully established internationally acting enterprises. The main topics are „How to start and grow a business“, „Drug Discovery“, and „Sequencing“. More than 200 researchers and entrepreneurs from Saxony, Germany, and abroad are expected. This forum is framed by a competitive exhibition of Saxon biotechnology enterprises.

German Press Release


PROMOS Scholarship for BIOTEC and CRTD Masterstudents


05/03/2014

Two students of the master’s programs of the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) and DFG-Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden – Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden (CRTD) are awarded with a PROMOS scholarship of 300 Euros per month as a support for their 6-months stay at a US institution for their master’s thesis.  PROMOS is a scholarship program from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) that supports short stay abroad of maximum 6 months so as to increase the mobility of German students. It is awarded on basis of academic excellence, motivation and relevance of the project.

Elisabeth Brandl, student in the CRTD master’s program “Regenerative Biology and Medicine” will do her thesis at the Diabetes Center of University of California in the group of Matthias Hebrok. Christian Winkler, student in the BIOTEC master’s program” Molecular Bioengineering”, will conduct his master’s thesis at the Fraunhofer Institute in Boston in the group of Alexis Sauer-Budge on Nanoscale Proteomics.

Photo: The Masterstudents Christian Winkler and Elisabeth Brandl are awarded with a PROMOS scholarship for their stay at a US institution for their master’s thesis.©BIOTEC/CRTD


Nikos Kyritsis receives “PhD Student Award in Regenerative Medicine”


09/12/2013

The “Best Publication Award” by the Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies (BSRT) was awarded to Dr. Nikos Kyritsis from the research group of Professor Michael Brand at the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden - Cluster of Excellence (CRTD) at the TU Dresden.  The prize is given once a year by BSRT for excellent publications which promote the research on regenerative therapies. From the 15 submitted publications the independent jury had voted for Kyritsis paper „Acute Inflammation Initiates the Regenerative Response in the Adult Zebrafish Brain “ which was  published in November 2012 in the journal Science (Science 2012, DOI 10.1126.science.1228773).

Injuries in the human brain and spinal cord cause an inflammatory response. Since decades it is discussed in medicine, if this reaction of the immune system after injuries of the central nervous system is rather promoting or inhibiting the healing process. For the first time, Dr. Nikos Kyritsis has demonstrated, using zebrafish as a model, that the inflammatory reaction is necessary for the regeneration of neuronal cells upon brain injury. In addition, they identified an inflammatory mechanism, which is regulating the activation of neural stem cell upon injury and leads to brain regeneration. The brains of humans and zebrafish might be different regarding size and appearance however they are evolutionarily related in terms of Neuroanatomy and Genetics, making zebrafish a great model to study acute central nervous system injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. Further information

Photo: Dr. Nikos Kyritsis ©CRTD


DFG further funds lipid research in Dresden, Heidelberg und Bonn


22/11/2013

The German Research Association (DFG) extends the funding of the collaborative research center / Transregio (SFB/TTR 83) “Molecular Architecture and Cellular Functions of Lipid/Protein Assemblies”, a network of lipid research at the universities in Dresden, Heidelberg and Bonn, for another four years. Speaker University is the University of Heidelberg. In Dresden, the SFB/TRR83 is located at the BIOTEC with Professor Bernard Hoflack as regional speaker. The DFG granted from 2014 to 2017 funds of 6,9 million Euros. Dresden receives more than 2 million Euros for lipid research from this funding. The SFB/TRR83 was initially funded from January 2010 on for four years with 8,66 million Euros.

German Press Release.


Professorship for Biophysics at the BIOTEC was newly appointed


15/10/2013

Stephan Grill has accepted the professorship for biophysics at the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC). Before he was groupleader in Dresden at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetic as well as at the Max Planck Institute for Physics of Complex Systems. Particularly he is interested in molecular machines, their functions in cells as well as the responsible interaction among each other that constitute living organisms.

Photo: Professor Stephan Grill is a new groupleader at the BIOTEC. ©BIOTEC


British Ambassador is visiting the CRTD


09/10/2013

Simon McDonald CMG, British Ambassador in Berlin, and Kenan Poleo, Regional Director UK Science and Innovation Network - Europe, Russia and Turkey, visited the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden – Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden (CRTD) during their stay in Dresden. Professor Elly Tanaka (CRTD) and Professor Jochen Guck from the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden presented the research areas of both institutes. In particular they were interested in the regeneration research on Axolotl of Professor Elly Tanaka.

In the evening, the British Ambassador started the lecture series “Wissensbrücken” of the TU Dresden with his talk „Creating Prosperity – is research expensive theory or driver for growth?”. The lecture series records different aspects of the synergetic university and will reveal approaches for the complex challenges of the 21th century in the dialogue between science, economy, culture and politics.

Picture: Professor Elly Tanaka explained the British Ambassador in Germany, Simon McDonald, the regeneration of Axolotls.©CRTD


Mayor of Dresden received international scientists


20/09/2013

450 international guests visited the reception of the Dresden Mayor Helma Orosz at the State Museum Albertinum on September 12th, 2013, including scientist of the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden – Cluster of Excellence (CRTD), the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC), and the Center for Molecular Bioengineering (B CUBE). This year the event was themed “Welcome Culture”. To the reception invited were people, who came to Dresden from abroad and live  here permanently or temporarily for professional reasons. After the special concert of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra there was time for exchange between the scientists and the Mayor.

Picture: The Dresden Mayor (in the middle) with scientists from the CRTD and BIOTEC ©:Stadt Dresden/ Matthias Rietschel


New day care places for CRTD and BIOTEC employees


15/07/2013

Employees of the DFG Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) and the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) can look forward to more day care places for their children. Today, the part of the day care for kids until 3 years of age is opening on Loschwitzer Straße 21. On August 1st, the day care part for kids from age 3 will open. There are 21 places reserved for children of employees of the CRTD and the BIOTEC. Next to the Kita Biopolis, which opened in 2009, this is the second day care with reserved spots for BIOTEC and CRTD employees. The Thüringer Sozialakademie is operating the day care center on Loschwitzer Straße as well as the Biopolis one. The new day care is located in the Villa St. Petersburg that was built in 1872 in the style of historism. In 1995, the villa was renovated and used most recently by the Institut für Bildung und Beratung. After a further renovation and reconstruction the villa can now be used as day care.

Photo: Day care on Loschwitzer Straße 21. ©CRTD


Work against Poverty at the „Day of Action genialsozial 2013” – Pupils work at the BIOTEC


09/07/2013

During the Saxon „Day of Action genialsozial 2013” on July 9, 2013 pupils can exchange a day in school for a day at work in companies, associations, or institutes. Their wages are afterwards donated to humanitarian or social projects. Today there are two pupils, grade 5 and 7 from two different grammar schools, working in the Biotechnology Center at the TU Dresden in the office of the administration and in the media kitchen that prepares solutions and culture media for the scientific work. This year, the BIOTEC is participating for the first time in this initiative of the Saxon Youth Foundation. One part of the wages this year will benefit the flood aid. In addition, projects of the development cooperation in Guatemala, Mozambique, and Madagascar are supported.

Website of the initiative:  http://www.genialsozial.de


Summer Party at the Kita Biopolis


09/07/2013

For the children of the Kita Biopolis who celebrated their summer party with families and friends in magnificent summer weather, the water slide was an ideal cooling. One highlight was the participatory circus, which was sponsored by the “Friends of the Day Care Centre Biopolis e.V.”: The children practiced how to juggle, jumped over imaginary fire like lions, or performed little tricks as waddling penguins. The girls from the dancing project “Tanzmäuse” had practiced two dances, which they performed with umbrellas and scarfs.
The Kindergarten Biopolis is a joint facility of the Thüringer Sozialakademie, the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden – Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden, the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden, and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics.

Photo: Dancing Girls of the Kita Biopolis. ©Privat


Axolotl, Bananas, and Genes: More than 1,600 Visitors came into the CRTD during the Long Night of Science


09/07/2013

Which organism has the most genes? Answers to these and other fascinating questions were given to more than 1,600 visitors at the CRTD during the 11th Long Night of Sciences. Scientists of the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies – Cluster of Excellence (CRTD), the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC), the ZIK BCUBE, the Paul Langerhans Institute (PLID), the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), and the Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus presented their research on July 5th, 2013 from 6pm – 1 am: At various stations, lectures, and children tours it was possible for anyone to get an insight into the work of the CRTD and other institutes in the network. The visitors were able to extract DNA from bananas together with international students of the School Project, they learned more about the regenerative capacity of Axolotls and zebrafish as well as about forces in the cell or latest diabetes and neurodegenerative research. By the way: Plants like horse tail or tulips possess more genes than mammalians like the human being.

We want to say "Thank you" to all the scientists for their contributions to this successful long night of science. They made this diverse program possible.
The next Dresden Science Night will be on July 4th, 2014.

Photo: Examining the samples under a microscope for children. ©CRTD


From Basic Research to Therapeutic Application. Saxony funds five translation projects of the BIOTEC and CRTD


04/07/2013

Four research projects of the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) and one project of the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden – Cluster of Excellence of the TU Dresden (CRTD) receive a funding by the Saxon Ministry of Science and Fine Arts (SMWK). The aid money is provided by the Free State of Saxony in the "Offensive Biotechnology and Life Sciences 2020" for sustaining the available future potential of the region, which was " launched end of 2012.In the next two years there will be nine million Euros invested in the key technologies biotechnology and life sciences.  Out of 144 applications submitted from Saxony, 26 projects were chosen for funding with the goal of research and their economical application (translation).

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Interior Design for Stem Cells


24/06/2013

How are stem cells influenced by their environment? For a better understanding of this question, scientists of the Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden, the Medical Faculty of the TU Dresden and the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden have reproduced the micro environment of stem cells in the laboratory. They have developed a matrix structure in which human blood stem cells grow three times faster than with previous conditions. These results were published June 16th in the journal Nature Method (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nmeth.2523).


Axolotl, new Neural Stem Cells, and DNA from Bananas


18/06/2013

Long Night of Science: Discover Science and experiment

What are genes made of? How many genes has a human being? These exciting questions will be answered by scientists in the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden – Cluster of Excellence at the TU Dresden (CRTD), Fetscherstraße 105, 01307 Dresden during the Long Night of Science on Friday, July 5th, 2013 from 6pm to 1am.  Research groups of the CRTD, the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC), the Center for Innovation BCUBE, the Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden (PLID), the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), as well as the Medical Faculty Carl Gustav Carus will offer a look over their shoulder, will give talks and invite visitors to actively participate in experiments.  For children there will be extra tours to the Axolotl. International student teams and students of the CRTD cooperation school Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium will show experiments.

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Natural Scientists and Humanists acquire information together


13/06/2013

Creating interdisciplinary dynamic is the goal of 40 genetics, chemists, and historians who will meet at the workshop “Transmission of Information in the time and in space in the Dresden Bioinnovation Center from June 16th to 18th, 2013. This multidisciplinary international symposium on acquirement of information takes place for the first time and  is organized by the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC), the Center for Innovation “Center for Molecular Bioengineering“ (ZIK BCUBE), and the Research Centre for the Comparative History of Religious Orders (FOVOG) at the TU Dresden.

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Website of the Workshop


Twelve million euros for Dresden SBF 655 „ Cells into tissues“


27/05/2013

German Research Foundation funds Dresden cutting-edge research for another four years

The third period of the Collaborative Research Center (Sonderforschungsbereich) SFB 655 "From cells to tissues - commitment and interaction of stem cells and progenitor cells during tissue formation" will start on 1 July 2013. After the continued application of the Technical University had been successfully evaluated in mid-March 2013 in Dresden, now the Grants Committee of the German Research Foundation DFG in Bonn approved funding for another four years. For this period, the SFB 655 will receive about twelve million euros. German Press Release


A real-time view onto the rules of life


19/04/2013

Naturally occurring bacteria and viruses are in a constant struggle for existence among each other. Bacteria developed a kind of immune system in order to protect themselves from virus attacks: Special defense enzymes can destroy the viral genetic information (DNA) and at the same time assure that the DNA of the bacterium isn’t attacked. In this process involved are markers on the DNA of the bacteria that are missing in the viruses. Physicists of the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC) were examining in cooperation with scientists from the University of Bristol, how the defense enzymes scan the bacteria DNA for these markers and how they communicate between them in order to start the defense mechanism. They were able to observe for the first time in real-time how the defense enzymes move by means of thermic energy very efficiently between two markers that are located far apart in the genome. The results of this study were published in the magazine Science. 

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