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How gut bacteria evade the immune system

New insight into how harmless gut bacteria avoid triggering inflammation more

Agriculture makes the weed

Agriculture makes the weed

December 08, 2022

How intensive agriculture turned a wild plant into a pervasive weed more

Nematode teeth consist of chitin

Genetically modified worms may make us rethink invertebrate evolution more

Schematic overview of functions of TGF-beta signaling in two nematode species

The TGF-ß cellular signaling network, essential to various functions in all metazoans and also involved in many severe human pathologies like autoimmune diseases and cancer, is more flexible than previously thought. Researchers at the MPI for Neurobiology of Behavior and the MPI for Biology discovered an unknown genetic variability in this signaling pathway amongst different nematode species resulting in morphological and behavioral variations. This fresh view on the TGF-ß machinery, published in Molecular Biology and Evolution, is important for understanding the evolution of signaling pathways, their adaptability to acquire novel functions and also for new strategies to control parasitic nematodes.

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Max Planck scientists Ruth Ley and Detlef Weigel have been identified as among the most influential researchers in their fields. In a recent announcement, the Web of Science index recognizes their extraordinary scientific influence, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations. Located at the Max Planck Institute of Biology Tübingen, Ley and Weigel represent the Max Planck Society as one of the world's top 10 scientific institutions. Ley´s research team features two other senior scientists, Lars Angenent and William "Tony" Walters, who are also among the most frequently cited authors.  more

Mapping the Communications Hub of the Brain

New insights about the thalamus may improve understanding of brain disorders and intervention more

„Something of a miracle“

„Something of a miracle“

October 20, 2022

Nobel laureate Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard celebrates her 80th birthday more

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