research – The Bayer Scientific Magazine

Research and Innovation Highlights

What are the many scientists at Bayer actually working on? research, the Bayer Scientific Magazine, offers an insight into the company’s work in the Life Sciences, with a wealth of information on topics relating to health care and nutrition for humans, animals and plants. Scientific innovations from the fields of medicine and agriculture are presented concisely and vividly in the magazine and have also been optimized for every device format, thanks to multimedia articles that automatically adjust to the size of your screen. Even complex matters such as issues pertaining to cancer research or integrated crop protection are made accessible by more than 60 infographics which can be downloaded free of charge.

Reading Genes for Better Therapies

Bayer researchers scrutinize the anonymized DNA of thousands of patients to find genetic differences so that they can gain a better understanding of the causes of cardiovascular diseases. The next step is to find active ingredients that can intervene in the disease processes. more

New Weapons to Treat Cancer

Scientists are working to understand epigenetic changes, such as the ones shown here in a cervical cancer cell.

Tumor researchers are taking a new approach and investigating the epigenetic changes which play a role in a variety of malignant cancers. Bayer scientists are working to understand these processes better, in the hope that they will soon be able to reverse harmful modifications in diseased cells. more

The Million-Molecule Octopus

High-speed active substance discovery: targeted modification of genes. The “octopus” screening robot carries out thousands of biochemical reactions simultaneously.

In their search for novel active ingredients for drug products, Bayer researchers can rely on highly efficient robots. They use fully automated ultra-high-throughput systems to investigate the pharmacological action of millions of substances and find candidates that could potentially mean the breakthrough to new drug products. more

Big Data in Medicine

With big-data analyzes it will be possible to relate large medical data sets and to discover new relationships.

Central archiving of patient data to allow the discovery of new interrelationships: in Estonia and the United Kingdom, that is already becoming reality and other countries are likewise working to drive digital medicine forward. more

On the Road to Precision Medicine

In biomedical research, precision experiments are conducted with DNA fragments.

Top researchers around the world are leading the fight against cancer. But every tumor is different – and just as unique as every patient is, which is why it is important to analyze the genetic differences between tumors and the effect that they have on the progression of this widespread disease. more

Data Clouds in Medicine

Bioinformatics for better therapies: supercomputers help scientists analyze medical data.

The mountains of data generated by research and modern medicine contain valuable information, such as previously unrecognized correlations between different mutations or other biomarkers and the therapeutic success of a drug product. more

Sweet Blood in the Middle Kingdom

Process of glucose absorption into body cells. The natural compound acarbose helps Asian diabetes patients manage their blood glucose levels.

Diabetes is on the increase all over the world, but China has been hit hardest. The pharmaceutical compound acarbose helps Asian diabetes patients manage their blood glucose levels. Bayer’s Active Ingredient Production is now optimizing the bacteria that produce the substance using cutting-edge molecular biology technologies. more

Searching for New Cancer Drugs

Dr. Anette Sommer finds her daily bike ride is the perfect antidote to the stressful work of researching new cancer drugs.

Roughly one in three people will be affected by cancer during their lifetime; half of them will die as a result. The range of available, effective cancer drugs is still very limited. Biochemist Dr. Anette Sommer is therefore searching for compounds that could be used in new drug products. more

Small Pill for Common Hormone Disorder

In 80 percent of PCOS patients, cysts form in the ovaries.

Millions of women suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that causes them to develop male body characteristics and become overweight. Bayer researchers are now developing a novel treatment to combat one of the most common female hormone disorders worldwide. more

Mathematics Accelerates Breeding

The researchers use computer simulation to optimize plant breeding.

Crop breeders have to experiment for years with thousands of plants to develop a variety with enhanced traits. Their breeding methods are successful but have a hard time keeping up with the increasing complexity of customer needs. more

New Approaches in Plant Research

Dr. Anu Machettira and Dr. Gilbert Besong investigate the effects of herbicidal test substances on different plant species in the greenhouse.

Weeds are the single most important reason for crop losses globally, causing high management costs and threatening food security. However, the growing resistance of weeds to some herbicides is making it more difficult for farmers to manage their fields profitably. more

A Green Heart

Wheat researcher Dr. Claus Frohberg has a passion for bonsai trees.

How can we boost the yields of wheat plants? Dr. Claus Frohberg from Bayer’s Crop Science Division in Ghent, Belgium, is looking for answers to this question. The biologist is a keen gardener and plant enthusiast who applies the same ­passion to his research work. more

The Networked Farm

Digital revolution: Drones help perform detailed supervision of fields.

Agriculture is in the grip of a revolution. Digital information about weather, soil conditions and crop health is already helping modern farmers optimize their harvest yields. more

New Oilseed Rape Varieties for Healthier Deep-Fat Frying

Oilseed rape experts want to make deep-fried food such as French fries healthier.

The demand for healthy food is on the rise, even among fast-food fans. To make deep-fried foods less harmful to the heart and circulatory system, researchers at Bayer are developing oilseed rape varieties whose oil is particularly suitable for use at high temperatures. more

Frozen Treasure

Using biotechnology methods, Bayer’s researchers are employing genes from bacteria to enhance the properties of crops for farmers.

Genes from bacteria are helping Bayer scientists improve the characteristics of crop varieties for farmers. Through the use of biotechnology, today’s seeds are tolerant to herbicides, resistant to damaging insects and nematodes and even have higher yield potential. more

The War on Mosquitoes

The yellow fever mosquito is a dreaded disease vector in many parts of the world.

They may seem tiny and fragile, but they can be extremely dangerous. Mosquitoes transmit numerous diseases and threaten the health of billions of people. However, these insects are difficult to combat, and are increasingly developing resistance to available insecticides. more

Little Scientists With Lots of Curiosity

The student lab in Mexico has had more than 206,000 visitors since 2011.

Children are fascinated by the world of science – especially when they are able to test the theory in practice themselves. With its Baylab student laboratories, Bayer offers authentic life-science experiments from the fields of biology, medicine, chemistry and also physics in age-specific projects as a supplement to school lessons. more

Combating Parasites in the Beehive

Worker bees often carry Varroa mites with them into the hive and thus become infected .

Deaf and blind, the Varroa mite smells and feels its way through the beehive. Its goal is the brood cells, where it can reproduce and infect the next generation of bees with diseases, thus weakening the entire colony. more