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The need for speed: Why malaria parasites are faster than human immune cells

Elementary cytoskeleton protein is different in parasites and represents a starting point for a possible new therapy against malaria infections. Researchers from the Heidelberg University Hospital, the Centre for Molecular Biology at the University of Heidelberg (ZMBH), and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) have published these findings in the journal “PLOS Biology”.

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New computational method for drug discovery

HITS researchers developed tauRAMD, a tool to predict drug-target residence times from short simulations. The method is illustrated on the cover page of July 2018 issue of the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, software is freely available.

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For the Third Time: Award for Teaching Bioinformatics

All good things come in threes: Dr. Alexandros Stamatakis – head of the HITS research group Scientific Computing and a computer science professor at KIT Karlsruhe – is being awarded for his teaching activities at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) for the third time. The “hands-on bioinformatics practical” which Dr. Stamatakis conducted together with…

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Accelerated reactions in condensed bio-matter?

HITS researcher Dr. Kashif Sadiq explores ribonucleoprotein granules, a condensed form of bio-matter found inside cells. He investigates whether the rate of enzymatic reactions in these membrane-less granules is accelerated. If true, this would lead to new insights in how cells regulate their biochemistry and may shed light on the origins of life on Earth. The project is funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung with an “Experiment!” grant.

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HITS Annual Report 2017 released!

The HITS Annual Report 2017 has been released. In this report, you will find research highlights from 2017 that range from decoding of the genome of the Axolotl salamander to the most complete simulation of the universe ever performed.

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In memory of Isabel Rojas

On May 11, 2018, Isabel Rojas (1968-2013) would have turned fifty years old. HITS views Isabel Rojas’s fiftieth birthday as an opportunity to commemorate her as a scientist and a wonderful person.

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New planetarium and astronomy visitor centre opened

Today, after three years of construction, the ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre will be inaugurated. The new centre at the European Southern Observatory headquarters in Garching is an endowment from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The state-of-the-art astronomy centre is tailored to convey the fascination and significance of astronomy andastrophysics to the public. The idea for the centre emanated from a cooperation between the ESO and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS).

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Protein analysis: Less is more

CONAN to the rescue! The new software-package for molecular dynamic simulations compresses 3D data to contact maps and helps to analyze protein structures. The tool CONAN (CONtact ANalysis), developed at HITS, has now been presented in the latest issue of „Biophysical Journal“.

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