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Theme: Organismal Biology with particular focus on sensing the environment. The deadline for nominations is January 15, 2016. [more]

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Light is the elixir of life, inspiration for artists and an indispensable tool in science and technology. Reason enough for UNESCO to proclaim 2015 as the International Year of Light. And a good opportunity to dedicate the focus of our magazine to this topic: discover how Max Planck scientists work with optical tweezers, film the movements of electrons, or analyse the painting by Caravaggio.

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Light is the elixir of life, inspiration for artists and an indispensable tool in science and technology. Reason enough for UNESCO to proclaim 2015 as the International Year of Light. And a good opportunity to dedicate the focus of our magazine to this topic: discover how Max Planck scientists work with optical tweezers, film the movements of electrons, or analyse the painting by Caravaggio. [more]

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Winfried Denk has evolutionizing neuroscience by developing new microscopy methods.

Deep insights into the brain: Zülch Prize 2015

September 03, 2015

Winfried Denk has evolutionizing neuroscience by developing new microscopy methods. [more]
Life is short, especially for the killifish, <em>Nothobranchius furzeri</em>: It lives for only a few months and then its time is up. During that short lifespan it passes through every phase of life from larva to venerable old fish.

A model for ageing

August 06, 2015

Life is short, especially for the killifish, Nothobranchius furzeri: It lives for only a few months and then its time is up. During that short lifespan it passes through every phase of life from larva to venerable old fish. [more]
On the political economics of the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme

The power and impotence of billions

August 03, 2015

On the political economics of the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme [more]
The Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society honour Hans Joas und Bryan S. Turner for their research.

Max Planck Research Award for two pioneering thinkers in the fields of religion and modernity

July 16, 2015

The Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation and the Max Planck Society honour Hans Joas und Bryan S. Turner for their research. [more]

Scientists decipher the molecular basis of an as yet incurable leukemia in children

July 30, 2015

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common type of cancer in children. It can occur in various forms, differing by specific changes in the genetic material of the leukemia cells, but also by their response to therapies.

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Emmanuelle Charpentier has accepted the call as Scientific Member and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology. The world-renowned microbiologist principally investigates how bacterial pathogens interact with their environment including the human host. Those studies led her to the instrumental discovery that the so-called CRISPR-Cas9 system of bacteria could be adapted for use as an extremely precise tool to edit genetic material and study gene function.

Emmanuelle Charpentier to become a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin

July 23, 2015

Emmanuelle Charpentier has accepted the call as Scientific Member and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology. The world-renowned microbiologist principally investigates how bacterial pathogens interact with their environment including the human host. Those studies led her to the instrumental discovery that the so-called CRISPR-Cas9 system of bacteria could be adapted for use as an extremely precise tool to edit genetic material and study gene function. [more]
 
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