Dirk Brockmann, a physicist at Berlin’s Humboldt University and the Robert Koch Institute, has been tackling that question. He’s especially interested in the role of air travel.
The Alexander von Humboldt professorship is one of Germany's most coveted research endowments. This year's laureate is French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier, a specialist in infectious diseases.
For the first time in 2012, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of a gene therapy in the EU. The treatment is aimed at helping people with a rare genetic disease that affects the pancreas.
Berlin's Charité hospital has two rooms in its intensive care unit that are completely separated from the rest. The medical equipment for monitoring the patients is completely hidden behind wooden walls.
Proteins control cell growth and coordinate our metabolism, moving and changing in the process. The exact composition of the proteome - the complete set of proteins - has traditionally been a mystery.
If there were a way to get the immune system to recognize tumor cells as a threat, it would combat them.
An infectious and often fatal disease is spreading - dengue fever. It is caused by a virus transmitted by certain species of mosquito. So far there is no effective vaccine against the disease.
In the first years of life it is the family that determines most of a child's experience. Parents remain the main reference points for many more years. But how do a person's own genes influence personality development?
The human intestine is home to millions of bacteria. Most of them have a positive effect, with functions such as helping to digest food.
Lars Zender at the University Hospital in Tübingen studies new ways of treating liver and colon cancer. He investigates how cells become tumor cells and under what conditions the immune system can prevent that.
In many cases of heart failure a heart transplant is the only solution, but donor organs are in short supply. An alternative is an artificial helper device that can be implanted in the body to assist the ailing heart.
The human brain contains tens of billions of neurons, all networked with one another by synapses. It transmits millions of signals every day, like some giant computer processor - the most powerful one in existence.
In Heidelberg, researchers from a range of different disciplines have joined together in a network to pursue questions involving aging.
A study carried out at the University of Würzburg has shown that cinema advertising isn’t as effective when the audience eats popcorn.
Blue light can stop you from sleeping, and a Swiss team of researchers have now confirmed that this includes television screens.
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