Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

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Plants with pocket-sized genomes

Members of Genlisea, a genus of carnivorous plants, possess the smallest genomes known in plants. To elucidate genomic evolution in the group as a whole, researchers have now surveyed a wider range of species, ...

Dec 12, 2014
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Taming the Boltzmann equation

Physicists at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, have developed a new algorithm that is capable of solving the Boltzmann equation for systems of self-propelled particles. The new method also ...

Nov 20, 2014
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Melon melange sorted out

An error made over 80 years ago has led botanists to believe that the edible watermelon originated in South Africa. LMU researchers have now cleared up the confusion and shed new light on the evolution of ...

Nov 04, 2014
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Escape from an evolutionary cul-de-sac

Passion flowers with long nectar tubes depend entirely on the sword-billed hummingbird for pollination. However, as a new study by LMU researchers shows, the evolution of even such extreme specialization ...

Oct 03, 2014
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Driving cancer cells to suicide

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich researchers report that a new class of chemical compounds makes cancer cells more sensitive to chemotherapeutic drugs. They have also pinpointed the relevant target ...

Sep 30, 2014
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Base-pairing protects DNA from UV damage

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich researchers have discovered a further function of the base-pairing that holds the two strands of the DNA double helix together: it plays a crucial role in protecting ...

Sep 19, 2014
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The fluorescent fingerprint of plastics

LMU researchers have developed a new process which will greatly simplify the process of sorting plastics in recycling plants. The method enables automated identification of polymers, facilitating rapid separation ...

Aug 21, 2014
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