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On the front cover: Molecular dynamics involved in DNA compaction

29. August 2016

DNA is packaged in the cell nucleus by wrapping around proteins called histones to form chromatin fibers. Nucleosomes, the structural units …

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Made by nature: a highly elastic pressurized balloon

9. August 2016

Collagens constitute the dominant class of extracellular proteins in multicellular organisms. They are highly abundant wherever high elasticity is needed. The …

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Turbulent times: When stars approach

4. February 2016

HITS astrophysicists use new methods to simulate the common-envelope phase of binary stars, discovering dynamic irregularities that may help to explain …

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Award for Paper on Simulation of Flow Processes

12. October 2015

SIAM Society honours research publication in the field of applied mathematics With one of the highest possible awards in the field …

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Durch die ultraschnelle, aber zugleich gezielte Bindung rast der Rezeptor (goldfarben) durch die mit ungeordneten Proteinen gefüllte Pore in den Zellkern, während unerwünschte Moleküle ferngehalten werden. (Bild: Mercadante /HITS) The ultrafast and yet selective binding allows the receptor (gold) to rapidly travel through the pore filled with disordered proteins (blue) into the nucleus, while any unwanted molecules are kept outside. (Image: Mercadante /HITS)

In “Cell”: Floppy but fast

9. October 2015

Inside cells, communication between the nucleus, which harbours our precious genetic material, and the cytoplasm is mediated by the constant exchange …

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Universum: Simulationen am Supercomputer

10. September 2015

This text is only available in German. Davon träumt die Wissenschaft: An einem Computer zu simulieren, wie sich das Universum …

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Spindle pole body bridge on the front cover

13. August 2015

HITS scientists Musa Özboyaci and Prof. Rebecca Wade (MCM group) have performed calculations that help to understand the process of cell …

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How Human Cells Can Dissolve Damaging Protein Aggregates

11. August 2015

Heidelberg researchers decode fundamental mechanism using in-vitro experiments Cellular repair systems can dissolve aggregated proteins and now Heidelberg researchers have successfully …

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Research that gets under the skin: HITS involved in new DFG Program

5. June 2015

A new Priority Program of the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) focuses on our biggest organ – the skin. The program …

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New Standards in Biotechnology

21. May 2015

A new working group for data processing and integration in biotechnology has been set up by the International Organization for Standardization, …

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