Evolution caught in the act

Different strains of the common thale cress Arabidopsis thaliana; Image: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

US-German team measures how quickly genomes change[more]


A facial expression is worth a thousand words

Interpreting this facial expression correctly (as a „thoughtful“ expression) is very difficult based on this photo alone. When showing the corresponding video sequence, however, recognition becomes easy, which underlines the importance of the temporal dimension for effective communication.

Moving pictures are more suitable to interpret the mood of a person than a static photograph.[more]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]


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]

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