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Press Releases of the BIOTEC

Here you can find all the press releases of the BIOTEC. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact Dana Schoder (Dana.Schoder(at)tu-dresden.de) or the press office of the TU Dresden (pressestelle(at)tu-dresden.de).

The bright side of an infectious protein: Stress sensors promote yeast cell survival


Prions are self-propagating protein aggregates that can be transmitted between cells. The aggregates are associated with human diseases. Indeed, pathological prions cause mad cow disease and in humans Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The aggregation of prion-like proteins is also associated with neurodegeneration as in ALS. The regions within prion-like proteins that are responsible for their aggregation were termed prion-like domains. Despite the important role of prion-like domains in human diseases, a physiological function has remained enigmatic. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), the Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden (BIOTEC, Grill group), and the Washington University in St. Louis, USA have now identified for the first time a benign, albeit biologically relevant function of prion domains as protein specific stress sensors that allow cells to adapt to and survive environmental stresses. Uncovering the physiological function is an essential first step towards closing a gap in understanding the biological role of prion domains and their transformation into a pathological disease-causing state. The discoveries were published in Science.

Picture: Cryo-Electron Microscopy Image of a biomolecular condensate of a Prion Protein.

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‘Spying’ on the hidden geometry of complex networks through machine intelligence


An international team of scientists led by Dr. Carlo Vittorio Cannistraci, Junior Group Leader of the Biomedical Cybernetics lab at the BIOTEChnology Center TU Dresden, has developed 'coalescent embedding': a class of algorithms that leverage machine intelligence to retrieve the hidden geometrical rules that shape the structure of complex networks. From brain connectivity to social media, 'coalescent embedding' can have a future impact on disparate fields dealing with big-network-data including biology, medicine, physics and social science.

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Dresden researchers have pioneered a brain-network bio-inspired algorithm to predict new therapeutic targets of approved drugs


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Dresden researchers have developed an intelligent algorithm that automatically identifies significant associations between latent variables in big data sets


Freigeist Fellowship supports Dr. Ivan Minev in using 3D printing to find ways to repair damage in the human body


Dr. Jörg Mansfeld receives 1.5 Million EUR ERC Starting Grant to support his cancer research


Dresden biophysicist receives the 2015 Sackler Prize in Biophysics endowed with US$ 50.000


Prof. Dr. Stephan Grill honored for excellent research in the field of
mesoscopic physics of cell structure and dynamics

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Sich selbst heilende Axolotl, Organe aus dem 3D-Drucker, ein begehbares Auge und Elegante Würmer unterm Lego-Mikroskop


Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften: Forschung entdecken und experimentieren

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Scientists open new chapter in cell biology and medicine


BIOTEC Junior researcher lays cornerstone for biotech start-up


BIOTEC Forum 2014


Molecules, Cells, and Tissue – Biomechanics Across Scales

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


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


BIOTEC Professor transfers research results into commercial application

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


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


FANTOM5 - a Parts List for Cell Type Definition


Creating a three-dimensional Model for the learning Brain


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


DFG further funds lipid research in Dresden, Heidelberg und Bonn


Professorship for Biophysics at the BIOTEC was newly appointed


Stephan Grill studied molecular, what makes living organisms

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

From Basic Research to Therapeutic Application


Saxony funds five translation projects of the BIOTEC and CRTD.

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Interior Design for Stem Cells.


Axolotl, new Neural Stem Cells, and DNA from Bananas


Long Night of Science: Discover Science and experiment

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