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It took months of computer work to decipher the spatial structure of the viral RNA polymerase. The picture shows the protein complex with its specific subunits from different sides.

Vaccinia viruses serve as a vaccine against human smallpox and as the basis of new cancer therapies. Two studies now provide fascinating insights into their unusual propagation strategy at the atomic level.

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Wild honeybees at their nesting place in a tree cavity.

The forests in Europe provide habitat for around 80,000 colonies of wild honeybees. That is why more attention should be paid to preserving the nesting sites for these threatened insects, according to researchers.

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Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Juliano Sarmento Cabral, Ludmilla Figueiredo und Jochen Krauß (v.l).

If ecosystems are disturbed, this can trigger the extinction of species. For her research in this field, the journal Ecography awards biologist Ludmilla Figueiredo with a prize.

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