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MaxPlanckApp

You can now also receive research news from the Max Planck Institutes via an app available from the iTunes store or directly here as an Android version. [more]

Magazine

The discovery of light-sensitive channel proteins in the 1970s and 1980s hardly made a splash outside the scientific community. Initially, no one suspected that these ion channels would become a popular tool for neurobiologists. Today, neuroscientists can use tailor-made proteins to switch individual neurons on and off. This does not only make it possible to investigate the function of neurons in the brain, but also offers promising applications in medicine.

MaxPlanckResearch: Optogenetics

The discovery of light-sensitive channel proteins in the 1970s and 1980s hardly made a splash outside the scientific community. Initially, no one suspected that these ion channels would become a popular tool for neurobiologists. Today, neuroscientists can use tailor-made proteins to switch individual neurons on and off. This does not only make it possible to investigate the function of neurons in the brain, but also offers promising applications in medicine. [more]

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Evolutionary Biology

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Oldest evidence for the use of mushrooms as a food source

April 16, 2015

Analyses of old dental calculus show that humans consumed plant foods and mushrooms as early as the Upper Palaeolithic [more]

Ecology . Plant Research

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Diversity in a monoculture

April 15, 2015

Functional differences within a species ensure its survival and improve the productivity of the whole ecosystem [more]

Neurosciences

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Open road to the circuit diagram of the brain

April 13, 2015

Staining method brings the reconstruction of all nerve cells and their connections within reach [more]

Cell Biology . Neurosciences . Structural Biology

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Optogenetics: Sodium pump could act as light switch

April 10, 2015

The structure of the light-driven ion pump KR2 may provide a blueprint for new optogenetic tools [more]

Medicine . Neurosciences

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One gene hampers learning

April 01, 2015

Learning disabilities commonly found in Wiedemann-Steiner Syndrome can now be investigated in the lab [more]

Medicine

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Gene regulates healing process after myocardial infarction

March 25, 2015

Reg3beta controls wound-healing process in the myocardium by attracting immune cells to the infarct tissue [more]

Cognitive Science . Neurosciences

Leaders and their followers tick in sync

March 24, 2015

Leaders of a group synchronize their brain activity with that of their followers during communication [more]

Medicine

On the way to a new tuberculosis vaccine

March 23, 2015

VPM1002 is being tested in clinical trials as a tuberculosis vaccine in newborns and as a drug against cancer of the bladder [more]

 
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