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]


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]


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]


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

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


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


Kirsten Bomblies receives the "Genius Award"

Kirsten Bomblies

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


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]


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]


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]


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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