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Recent Press Releases
A quota for women in science?
Attracting more women to senior positions in science is a challenge most research institutes in Germany are presently facing. Whether and how this can be achieved as well as the potential role of imposing a “quota for women” will be discussed at a conference entitled “Quote, Quark(s) und Qualität” (quota, quark(s)* and quality) that will be held on November 26-27, 2015, at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. The conference is organized by the working group “Women in Research Centers” of the Helmholtz Association.
Surprising signal to control male fertility
Sperm cells mature during their transit in the epididymis and thus acquire their ability to fertilize ova. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg and the Institute of Molecular Biology in Mainz have now discovered that signaling molecules of the Wnt family of proteins coordinate this maturation process. A surprising finding is that Wnt signaling, which is extremely important in embryonic development and also in the development of diseases, acts upon spermatozoa in a way that differs from the known one. The work has now been published in the journal “Cell”.
Possible New Mechanism for Aspirin’s Role in Cancer Prevention
Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA, “Aspirin”), has been shown to decrease the risk of colorectal cancer and possibly other cancers. However, the risk of side effects, including in some cases severe gastrointestinal bleeding, makes it necessary to better understand the mechanisms by which aspirin acts at low doses before recommending it more generally as a preventative, says Cornelia Ulrich, PhD. Ulrich, former Director of Preventive Oncology at the National Center of Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg, now moved to the position of Senior Director of Population Sciences at Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City.