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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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Cell Biology

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Renal failure: location signals for cell division

April 24, 2015

Researchers identify molecules that help cells to pinpoint their position

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Evolutionary Biology

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Deciphering the demise of Neandertals

April 23, 2015

Members of our species Homo sapiens belonging to the Protoaurignacian culture may have been the ultimate cause for the demise of Neandertals, according to new research [more]

Developmental Biology

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Bold crickets have a shorter life

April 23, 2015

Differences in personality influence survival in field crickets [more]

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]

 
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