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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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Astrophysics

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In the planetary nursery

January 30, 2013

Astronomers determine the mass of the disk of gas and dust surrounding the star TW Hydrae [more]

Astronomy . Astrophysics

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The tail of Venus

January 29, 2013

When the solar wind nearly breaks off, our neighbour's ionosphere expands into space [more]

Developmental Biology . Genetics

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Epigenetic control of cardiogenesis

January 29, 2013

Non-coding RNA is essential for normal embryonic cardiogenesis [more]

Neurosciences

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Glial cells assist in the repair of injured nerves

January 28, 2013

When a nerve is damaged, glial cells produce the protein neuregulin1 and thereby promote the regeneration of nerve tissue [more]

Complex Systems . Material Sciences

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Film or droplets?

January 28, 2013

There is a straightforward explanation as to when a liquid on a rough surface will form a thin film and when it will form droplets [more]

Behavioural Biology

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The benefits of social grooming

January 23, 2013

Researchers found that in chimpanzees the hormone oxytocin is likely to play a key role in maintaining social relations with both kin and non-kin cooperation partners [more]

Evolutionary Biology . Genetics

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A relative from the Tianyuan Cave

January 21, 2013

Ancient DNA has revealed that humans living some 40,000 years ago in the area near Beijing were likely related to many present-day Asians and Native Americans [more]

Ecology . Microbiology

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Wood on the seafloor - an oasis for deep-sea life

January 21, 2013

Sunken woods promote the dispersal of rare deep-sea animals, forming hotspots of biodiversity at the deep seafloor [more]

 
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