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Sulphor feeds “living fossils” in the deep sea

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Most life on Earth depends on food produced through photosynthesis by plants or marine plankton. In contrast, animals at deep-sea hydrothermal vents and methane seeps live in symbiosis with sulphur-oxidising bacteria. Dr. Steffen Kiel, palaeontologist from the University of Göttingen, has analysed the fossil record of these ecosystems in the past 150 million years. more...



Success in fighting the AIDS epidemic

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To date, the tests in most nationally representative surveys on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have been limited to people younger than 50 or 55 years of age. A group of international researchers has now published a comment in the scientific journal The Lancet HIV that calls for data surveys relating to HIV in developing countries to also include older adults in HIV testing. more...



Living fossils with modern limbs

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A team of researchers from the Universities of Göttingen and Uppsala investigated the genetic developmental mechanisms in prehistoric onychophorans. They were thus quite surprised, because they hardly found noteworthy differences to the gene regulation of modern-day arthropods and onychophorans. more...



Leibniz Prize goes to Prof. Dr. Tobias Moser

Prof. Dr. Tobias Moser, Professor of Auditory Neuscience at the University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG), is one of the recipients of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2015, Germany's most prestigious research funding prize. The Leibniz Prize is awarded yearly by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and comes with a prize money of 2.5 million euros. more...