07.12.2009

How to read brain activity?

The electroencephalogram (EEG) is widely used by physicians and scientists to study brain function and to diagnose neurological disorders. Photo: Kevin Whittingstall/Max Planck Institute for Biolological Cybernetics

For the very first time, scientists have shown what EEG can really tell us about brain functioning[more]


03.12.2009

A special kind of flight training

Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bülthoff conducting a perception experiment in the flight simulator in of the Cyberneum in Tübingen. Image: Anne Faden/Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

A new generation of flight simulators will attempt to make air traffic safer[more]


03.11.2009

Mobile microscopes illuminate the brain

New data from rats with head-mounted microscopes shed light on how we put the world together seamlessly while we move around. Image: Jason Kerr / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Tiny laser-scanning microscope images brain cells in freely moving animals[more]


13.10.2009

Jürgen Berger and Mahendra Sonawane won the Focus Photo Contest

Zebrafish larvae, first prize Image: Jürgen Berger and Mahendra Sonawane / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Their image of two-day-old zebrafish larvae convinced the jury.[more]


09.10.2009

Open House at the Max Planck Campus Tübingen

Isolating DNA from bananas. Image: Susanne Diederich / Max Planck Campus Tübingen

On Saturday, October 17th, 2009, from 2 pm the Max Planck Institutes for Developmental Biology and Biological Cybernetics will open their doors and present their research highlights.[more]


03.09.2009

Mirror carp with gene in reserve

Nicolas Rohner catches zebrafish for his experiment, Photo: Bernd Schuller/Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

A duplicated gene provides the mirror carp with a back-up copy that protects against the effects of mutations and ensures sparse squamation.[more]


27.08.2009

Motivation Impetus for Researcher on Bacteria

Dirk Linke

Dirk Linke (37) has been awarded the Advancement Award of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie, DGHM)[more]


21.08.2009

The blossoms of maturity

Arabidopsis thaliana, Image: Jürgen Berger / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

A newly discovered signaling pathway ensures that plants remember to flower – even without positive signals from the environment.[more]


20.08.2009

Walking in circles

Walking trajectories in the Bienwald forest (Germany). Participants started walking from two different starting positions (red dots). The participants KS, PS and RF walked on a cloudy day. When SM walked, the sun was visible (except for the first 15 minutes). Image: Jan Souman, Google Earth

Scientists from Tübingen, Germany, show that people really walk in circles when lost[more]


13.07.2009

Getting to the bottom of rice

Rice genome diversity reflects the landscapes where rice is grown - from lowland paddy fields to sloping uplands. Seed of the 20 OryzaSNP varieties arranged by variety type, with Nipponbare (temperate japonica) at the bottom and IR 64-21 (indica) at the top, Image: Artwork conceptualized by K. McNally, and photography courtesy of Chrisanto Quintana of IRRI.

Global rice research community provides critical tools to unravel the diversity of rice [more]


29.06.2009

The Friedrich Miescher Laboratory celebrates forty years of successful research

Employees of the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory, Image: Bernd Schuller / Friedrich Miescher Laboratory

The Friedrich Miescher Laboratory celebrates forty years of successful research[more]


29.04.2009

International honour for two Tübingen Max Planck researchers

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel, Image: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Detlef Weigel and Nikos Logothetis have been elected to the American National Academy of Sciences[more]


27.03.2009

Benjamin Schlager receives the PhD award of the German Society for Developmental Biology

Benjamin Schlager. Image: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Benjamin Schlager, PhD student in Ralf Sommers group at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, received the prize for his studies on the development of the nematode vulva.[more]


16.03.2009

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center opened on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen

The 800 megahertz spectrometer on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen, Photo: Aleksandar Basara / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology are on the scent of the structure of proteins and nucleic acids[more]


06.03.2009

Regions of the brain can rewire themselves

The long-term strengthening of stimulus transmission to the synapses (LTP) in the hippocampus results in the far-reaching reorganization of the neuronal network. The functional MRI (fMRI) images show which areas of the brain are well-supplied with blood and, therefore, active. Image: Santiago Canals/Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Scientists in Tübingen have proven for the first time that widely-distributed networks of nerves in the brain can fundamentally reorganize as required.[more]


26.02.2009

Here’s looking at you, fellow!

Monkeys and humans both look predominately at the eyes of conspecifics whereas they let their gaze wander over the whole face when presented with images of an individual of a different species. Image: Christoph Dahl / Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Humans and monkeys are experts in face recognition making them even more akin than previously thought. [more]


23.02.2009

Tübingen in the 50s - in colour and black-and-white

A new photo exhibition in the Max Planck House[more]


16.02.2009

Arabidopsis provides new clues for curing neurodegenerative illnesses

Arabidopsis plant, Bur-0-strain, grown at 23°C. Image: Marco Todesco /Max Planck Institute for Deveopmental Biology

A genetic defect in the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana proves to be a viable model for studying the basic principles of neurodegenerative illnesses.[more]


19.01.2009

Parasites in the genome

Retrotransposition cycle of the human LINE-1 element. LINE-1-RNA is transcribed in the nucleus from genomic DNA. Subsequently, in the cytosol, it gets translated into two proteins (L1ORF1p and L1ORF2p) by the ribosome. Both proteins then bind LINE-1 RNA and form an RNA-protein complex. Back in the nucleus the L1ORF2p protein nicks chromosomal DNA and begins with the reverse transcription of LINE-1 RNA into DNA, which gets integrated into the genome at the place of the nick. L1ORF1p likely supports this process, Figure: Elena Khazina and Oliver Weichenrieder / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

A molecular parasite could play an important role in human evolution[more]


12.01.2009

Novel findings on the evolution of parasitism

Images taken with a scanning electron microscope showing the parasite Strongyloides papillosus (front) and its distant relatives Pristionchus pacificus (left) and Caenorhabditis elegans (right).Photo: Jürgen Berger / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Scientists discover a conserved signaling module controlling the formation of dauer or infective larvae in nematodes [more]


20.11.2008

Uncovering secrets of life in the ocean

Platynereis dumerilii. Picture: Friedrich Hempelmann (1911).

Researchers unravel how the very first eyes in evolution might have worked and how they guide the swimming of marine plankton towards light[more]


06.11.2008

Max Planck Campus and University of Tübingen are intesifying their cooperation within the life science departments

A syposium and a "Faculty Club" shall support networking and bundle strengths[more]


08.12.2009

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard was elected Mercator-Professorin 2008

Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard was elected Mercator-Professorin 2008.

The first German female scientist to win the nobel prize for medicine is now Mercator Professor 2008 at the University Duisburg-Essen: Biologist Prof. Dr. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (66). She is renowned for her research on...[more]


27.10.2008

Microcosms go Textile - Art Exhibition at the Max Planck Campus Tübingen

Textile artwork of Gisela Weigand

From October 27th to December 19th the Max Planck Guest House is showing the textile artwork of Gisela Weigand. In her exhibition "Textilbilder" she is showing her large-sized collages that were inspired by biological structures.[more]


27.10.2008

Clever architecture - structure of a cellular fuel pipeline decoded

Structure of an essential transport channel in the power stations of our cells - the mitochondria. Picture: Structure: Zweckstetter, MPIbpc, Mitochondria: Linder Biologie, 22. Auflage; with the friendly allowance of the Schroedel-Verlages.

Göttingen, October 27, 2008. An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the Max Planck Institutes of Biophysical Chemistry (Göttingen), Biochemistry (Martinsried), Developmental Biology (Tübingen) and Biological...[more]


23.10.2008

Gates Foundation Invests in 106 Novel Ideas for Global Health

Dirk Linke, Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology.

Scientists from Diverse Set of Disciplines and Regions Receive $100,000 Each to Explore Bold, Untested Projects[more]


29.09.2008

Sequencing thousand and one genomes

Different strains of thale cress, with the background schematically indicating differences in the genetic code.Photo: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology.

Researchers report the simultaneous completion of the first genomes of wild Arabidopsis thaliana strains as part of the 1001 Genomes Project.[more]


24.09.2008

University of Tübingen and Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology strenghten their cooperation

Gerd Jürgens

Gerd Jürgens was appointed director at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology. [more]


23.09.2008

Kirsten Bomblies receives the "Genius Award"

Kirsten Bomblies

German-American plant evolution biologist wins MacArthur Award.[more]


23.09.2008

Formula discovered for longer plant life

Thale cress Arabidopsis thaliana. Photo: Jürgen Berger / Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology.

Molecular biologists from Tübingen have discovered how the growth of leaves and the aging process of plants are coordinated[more]


21.09.2008

Insight into the evolution of parasitism

Pristionchus nematode. Photo: Jürgen Berger/Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology.

Molecular biologists have decoded the genome of a nematode living in beetles [more]


08.12.2009

Microbiologist from Tübingen was elected to become a member of Leopoldina

Prof. Dr. Volkmar Braun

Volkmar Braun, Max Planck Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, was selected to become a member of the German Acadamy of Sciences Leopoldina.[more]


08.12.2009

Detlef Weigel was selected to become a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina

Prof. Dr. Detlef Weigel. Photo: Max-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology.

Leopoldina is now Germany's first national academy of sciences.[more]


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