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Do spiders need extra genes to spin their webs?

The common house spider has significantly more active genes than humans. In addition, these spiders possess all the key genes that also control embryonic development in humans. These are the conclusions of a study by an international research team led by scientists at the Göttingen Center for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB) of Göttingen University. Employing the latest sequencing methods, the scientists deciphered all genes, which are active throughout the life of the common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum. The results have been published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. more...

Protected areas shall prevent extirpation

A large-scale field study conducted by an international research group of University of Göttingen and Universitas Cenderawasih Papua, Indonesia, is studying effects of habitat alteration, changes in food availability and increased hunting pressure on cassowaries in Papua, Indonesia. Recently published results suggest that the birds might be moderately tolerant of intermediate disturbance but are certainly intolerant of heavy disturbance such as intensive logging. more...

Stars 2.0 – From the first generation of stars to the second

Scientists from the Universities of Göttingen and Copenhagen have modelled the formation of the oldest known star in the Milky Way using high-resolution computer simulations. From this simulation, the scientists expect to obtain an improved understanding of the transition from the first to the second generation of stars in the Universe. more...

Prize for outstanding contributions to Sino-German collaboration

The Chinese scholar and interpreter Prof. Jianbin Wang has been awarded Göttingen University's Medal Aureus Gottingensis. With this award, the University honours him for his outstanding contributions to Sino-German collaboration. more...

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NS-Beutebücher an Eigentümer zurückgegeben / Nazi-looted books handed over to original owners

The Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) has repatriated back to the University Library of Poznan 38 books that had belonged to Göttingen Library under the National Socialists. more...

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