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  • New structural biology cluster at the University of Copenhagen


    The University of Copenhagen is establishing a new cluster, ISBUC, which compiles researchers from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences with a strong common interest in the structural biology of biomolecules. The cluster thus represents a solid framework that makes research into structural biology more readily accessible to other researchers, and which will have a significant impact on future research into human health and diseases and into the application of biomolecules in biotechnology and medicine. »

  • With climate change shrubs and trees expand northwards in the Subarctic


    Shrubs expand in the tundra in northern Scandinavia. And it is known that fixation of nitrogen from the air is in the tundra to a high degree performed by cyanobacteria associated with mosses. Also enhanced nitrogen fixation stimulates plant growth. New research shows that as taller shrubs expand into the tundra, nutrients in their leaf litter will either promote or reduce the nitrogen fixation, depending upon which shrub species that will dominate.  »

  • Breakthrough in live coral imaging


    Scientists at University of Copenhagen (Denmark), University of Technology Sydney (Australia), and Oregon Health University (USA) have used a well-known biomedical imaging technique called optical coherence tomography (OCT) to obtain fascinating insights to the structural organization and dynamics of reef-building corals. Their results have just been published in the multidisciplinary Journal of the Royal Society Interface. »

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