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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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Genetics . Physiology

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The first insects were not yet able to smell well

March 27, 2014

Odorant receptors of recent insects evolved long after insects migrated from water to land [more]

Structural Biology

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Cholesterol transporter structure decoded

March 20, 2014

The three-dimensional structure of the transport protein TSPO opens up novel paths for the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases [more]

Medicine . Neurosciences . Structural Biology

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Choice of molecular partners is no mere formality

March 20, 2014

A molecular helper influences clumping of the tau protein in Alzheimer's disease [more]

Plant Research

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Nectar: a sweet reward from plants to attract pollinators

March 16, 2014

Flowering plants need sugar transporter SWEET9 for nectar production [more]

Cell Biology

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Tension triggers muscle building

March 14, 2014

Max Planck scientists discover important mechanism for muscle building [more]

Cell Biology . Genetics

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How a small worm may help the fight against Alzheimer’s

March 13, 2014

N-acetylglucosamine prevents protein aggregation [more]

Astronomy

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The dusty heart of an active galaxy

March 13, 2014

Astronomers observe a dense disk and a bright funnel at the centre of the Circinus galaxy [more]

Quantum Physics

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A brake for spinning molecules

March 13, 2014

The precise control of the rotational temperature of molecular ions opens up new possibilities for laboratory-based astrochemistry [more]

 
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