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]


Happy Birthday Darwin

Charles Darwin

February 12, 1809 – Birthday of Charles Darwin[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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