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2018.04.24 |

A non-coding RNA lasso catches proteins in breast cancer cells

A Danish-German research team has shown that not only the where and when of long non-coding RNA expression is important for their function but also the how. The results can have a big impact on our understanding of dynamic regulation of gene expression in biological processes.

2018.04.18 |

The ministry has approved three new IT degree programmes at Aarhus University

The Ministry of Higher Education and Science just approved three new IT industry-oriented new degree programmes: two BSc and one MSc.

Aarhus University signed a cooperation agreement with the China Geological Survey this week. (Photo: Lars Kruse)
Niels Christian Nielsen, dean at Science and Technology, and Wang Yan, director of the China Geological Survey, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand research collaboration within bioscience and geoscience at Aarhus University. (Photo: Lars Kruse) 
At the same time, a more specific project cooperation agreement was concluded to establish a global infrastructure in coastal marsh and swamp areas. The agreement was signed by Siyuan Ye, director of the Key Laboratory of Coastal Wetland Biogeosciences under the China Geological Survey, and Hans Brix, head of department at the Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University. (Photo: Lars Kruse)

2018.04.17 |

Aarhus University signs cooperation agreement with the China Geological Survey

A delegation from the China Geological Survey visited Aarhus University on 10 April to sign a cooperation agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) to expand research collaboration within bioscience and geoscience.

The Alumni Day was an opportunity to learn more about the latest research within various fields. These alumni from the Department of Bioscience are hearing about drone technology. (Photo: Lars Kruse)
Esben Ejsing, alumnus from the Department of Mathematics.
Mette Kølbæk Christensen, alumna from the Department of Geoscience.
Tram Boo Ngoc Nguyen, alumna from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics.

2018.04.18 |

Well-attended Alumni Day at Science and Technology

More than 1,300 former students and employees visited their former academic environment on Thursday 5 April to see old fellow students and teachers, to attend presentations of the latest research within their fields of expertise, and to tour the laboratories and see new research facilities.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded a total of twelve investigator grants in the life sciences and biomedical field.
Mikkel Heide Schierup, Professor, Centre for Bioinformatics, Aarhus University (Photo: AU)
Ditlev Egeskov Brodersen, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University (Photo: AU)
Peter Refsing Andersen, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Aarhus University (Photo: AU)

2018.04.05 |

Three multi-million grants from the Novo Nordisk Foundation

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has granted three researchers from Science and Technology DKK 10 million each for research projects in the life sciences and biomedical field.

[Translate to English:] Fra åbningsceremonien: (fv) Jens Peter Holst Lauritsen fra Novo Nordisk Fonden, Jørgen Kjems, Kurt V. Gothelf og Ken Howard fra iNANO / CEMBID og iNANOs centerleder, Trolle Linderoth. Foto: Roar Paaske.
Jens Peter Holst Lauritsen fra Novo Nordisk Fonden fortalte om CEMBIDs store potentiale. Foto: Roar Paaske.

2018.04.18 |

Launch of the multifunctional drugs of the future

There is enormous potential in the research now being taken up by the Center for Multifunctional Biomolecular Drug Design (CEMBID) at Aarhus University. The aim is to create a new generation of drugs that can be used to diagnose and treat cancer and atherosclerosis – which together account for two-thirds of the causes of death globally.

The concept of a multifunctional drug resembles that of the Swiss army knives, which are available in many different versions according to the needs of the users. Foto: Andrew Toskin / CC BY-SA 2.0
A graphical representation of a new multifunctional drug: the gray mesh represents the platform of DNA strand mounted with drug molecules (red), an isotope for illumination (orange), targeting ligand molecules (blue), self-penetrating peptides (purple) and albumin binders for transport (green). Grafics: Kurt V. Gothelf.
Professor Kurt V. Gothelf heads the new Centre for Multifunctional Biomolecular Drug Design. Photo: Lars Svankjær.

2018.03.27 |

Drugs of the future: Swiss army knives in pill form

Researchers at Aarhus University are developing a new method for making multifunctional drugs that can be assembled quickly and inexpensively according to the needs of the individual patient

2018.03.15 |

A small protein with many applications

Researchers from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and from the Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University have collaboratively developed and described a llama-antibody that might have significant impact for future diagnostics and treatment of, e.g., kidney diseases.

Past oil disasters have shown that only 15 to 25% of the oil can be effectively removed from the marine environments. Photo: Janne Fritt-Rasmussen.
Greenland Oil Spill Response conducts training to be prepared for oil spills in the Arctic. Photo: Lonnie Bogø Wilms.
Leendert Vergeynst, Aarhus Universiet og Lorenz Meire, Grønlands Naturinstitut, samler havis fra Godthåbsfjord i Grønland for at studere olie-spisende bakterier i arktisk havvand. Foto: Wieter Boone.
Schematic diagram of Arctic-specific conditions that affect microbial degradation of oil spills: A) Sea ice and icebergs hamper wind/wave-induced mixing in the upper water column and cause a thicker oil slick, which, in combination with low temperature, reduces evaporation, dispersion and dissolution. All these effect result in larger oil droplets, which microbes cannot degrade. B) Most oil compounds are not soluble in water. Therefore, the bacteria form a biofilm on the oil droplets in order to be able to consume the oil compounds. A small fraction of the oil compounds is water-soluble and thus consumed by both biofilm and free-living bacteria. C) Oil-mineral and oil-phytoplankton aggregates, which may enhance oil sedimentation ('dirty blizzards'), are formed upon interaction with sediment plumes from glaciers and phytoplankton blooms, respectively. D) Photooxidation by ultraviolet radiation from sunlight can be important, espectially during summer. Ultraviolet light helps degrading oil molecules, but at the same time, the oil toxicity towards marine organisms may increase. E) Deep mixing of the water column and upwelling cause nutrient replenishment. Oceanographical conditions may thus be important to provide fresh nutrients for oil-eating microbes. (Credit: Leendert Vergeynst)

2018.03.08 |

Oil-eating microbes are challenged in the Arctic

Bacteria play a major role in cleaning up oil spills and mitigating its environmental impacts. In a review published in ‘Science of the Total Environment’, researchers from Aarhus University, Denmark, examine the major limiting factors for microbial degradation in Arctic environments.

[Translate to English:] En vulkansk "hot pool" med archaea i forskellige, orange farver voksende langs kanten. Henover billedet ses den tredimensionelle opbygning af anti-CRISPR-proteinet. Foto: Colourbox og Ditlev E. Brodersen

2018.03.06 |

Arms race among microbes

The hot, muddy pools of Iceland are home to a number of simple, single-celled organisms, and new research shows that they also constitute a true biological battlefield and the basis for an arms race of unprecedented magnitude. The new knowledge about the struggle between living organisms in hot pools gives us a much better understanding of how…

Professor Søren Fournais, Department of Mathematics, Aarhus University. Photo: Søren Kjeldgaard

2018.03.12 |

Elite Research Prize awarded to Professor Søren Fournais

Most of us are unaware of the mathematics that lies hidden in our daily lives. Søren Fournais is an expert in describing the world through the equations, particularly tiny quantum physical phenomena. On 1 March, he received an Elite Research Prize 2018 of DKK 1.2 million from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

[Translate to English:] Ph.d.-studerende Mark Simkin, Institut for Datalogi, Aarhus Universitet. (Privatfoto)

2018.03.12 |

Elite Research travel grant for young computer scientist

PhD student, Mark Simkin, from the Department of Computer Science receives an Elite Research travel grant 2018 from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

Pink-footed geese foraging on arable land in West Jutland. (Photo: Kevin K. Clausen, AU)
Pink-footed geese are found in very large flocks in West Jutland. All the birds need food. (Photo: Jørgen Peter Kjeldsen, ornit.dk)
(A) The proportion of pink-footed geese wintering in Denmark. (B) Development in the area of maize in West and North Jutland where the geese winter, and (C) the proportion of pink-footed geese that continue their migration to the Netherlands. All figures are from the period 1990-2015. (Figure credit: Kevin K. Clausen, AU)

2018.02.28 |

Maize fields entice geese to winter in Denmark

More and more geese remain in Denmark for the winter. They forage in the growing number of maize fields all over the country. Researchers warn that, in the long term, the many geese may cause problems for agriculture.

2018.02.28 |

How polarisation helps tumour cells metastasise

An international research team identifies single-cell polarity as a feature of circulating tumour cells that helps cells to leave circulation and found metastases. The novel results provide a new potential target in the fight against metastatic cancer.

2018.02.23 |

BISC-E: New student competition inspires both students and industries

This year, the first Danish edition of the new European student competition "Biobased Innovation Student Challenge Europe" (BISC-E) will be held.

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