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Recent Press Releases
Double signal activates killer cells
Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have found out that natural killer cells need at least two separate signals in order to be able to fight cytomegaloviruses. This finding might help to find more effective treatments against this virus, which is particularly dangerous for leukemia patients in the wake of bone marrow transplants.
Effective and safe – Evaluation of the first ten years of colonoscopy in cancer screening
Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have evaluated data from the first ten years of endoscopic gastrointestinal cancer screening (colonoscopy). The study concludes that the approximately 4.4 million screening examinations conducted during this period have prevented about 180,000 cases of colorectal cancer. By comparison, there were only 4,500 cases of over-diagnosis.
"Ring of Fire" wins the world championship in synthetic biology – a team of Heidelberg students wins over the judges in Boston
Joint press release of the German Cancer Research Center and the University of Heidelberg
For the second time in a row, a student team from Heidelberg University and the German Cancer Research Center has won the Grand Prize – and several special prizes – in the international iGEM competition in Boston. Last weekend, the Heidelberg team was ranked highest among 245 teams from 32 countries, leaving competitors from renowned universities such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford in their wake. This new triumph of Heidelberg scientists underscores Germany’s position as a world leader for research and training in the field of synthetic biology.