Medicine

Ancient genomes reveal Down Syndrome in past societies

Burials show that children with Down Syndrome and Edwards Syndrome were recognized as members of their communities more

Schema therapy is effective for treating severe depression

Scientists prove the clinical benefit of schema therapy for severe depression more

EMTs saving a person with an defillibrator and tajing it to the ambulance

Core problem of urban-rural divide is not a lack of emergency care for heart attacks, but poorer disease prevention in rural areas more

Molecular switch plays central role in bacterial dysentery

The regulation of virulence genes in Shigella bacteria is mediated by a CTP-dependent transcription factor more

Cause of listlessness in depression discovered

Lack of activation of the locus coeruleus in the brain inhibits the inner drive more

Lupus trigger discovered

Researchers were able to trace a form of the autoimmune disease lupus back to a single mutation more

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Foods enriched with micronutrients can improve people's nutrition more

Research highlights 2023

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2023 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 12 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

Yew tree with fruits. Paclitaxel and its precursors are produced in the needles and bark of various trees in the genus Taxus.

Researchers have identified the steps for the biosynthesis of the chemotherapeutic agent for cancer therapy more

Degradation of pathogenic proteins

Researchers develop novel cancer protein killer more

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Ancient genomes reveal Down Syndrome in past societies

Burials show that children with Down Syndrome and Edwards Syndrome were recognized as members of their communities more

Schema therapy is effective for treating severe depression

Scientists prove the clinical benefit of schema therapy for severe depression more

EMTs saving a person with an defillibrator and tajing it to the ambulance

Core problem of urban-rural divide is not a lack of emergency care for heart attacks, but poorer disease prevention in rural areas more

Cause of listlessness in depression discovered

Lack of activation of the locus coeruleus in the brain inhibits the inner drive more

Lupus trigger discovered

Researchers were able to trace a form of the autoimmune disease lupus back to a single mutation more

Yew tree with fruits. Paclitaxel and its precursors are produced in the needles and bark of various trees in the genus Taxus.

Researchers have identified the steps for the biosynthesis of the chemotherapeutic agent for cancer therapy more

Degradation of pathogenic proteins

Researchers develop novel cancer protein killer more

Cell-free quest for new antibiotics

A new method combines synthetic biology with artificial intelligence more

The epigenome of hepatocytes changes with increasing age. The figure shows a graphical representation of epigenetic measurement data. The further apart two points are, the more different is the epigenome of the cells.

Liver cells age differently depending on where they are in the organ more

Collective intelligence makes fewer diagnostic errors

A fully automated method significantly increases diagnostic accuracy more

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Research highlights 2023

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2023 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 12 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

Silhouette of a person with a hood over their head and a smartphone in their hand.

Interview with Johanna Rinceanu and Randall Stephenson, senior researchers at the Department of Criminal Law at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law in Freiburg, on what medical diagnosis and modern-day internet regulation have in common more

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Julia Zimmermann talks about the foundation of the company terraplasma GmbH more

A not so typical colleague

People with autism often have outstanding skills, which can be enriching for businesses more

Perilous Puddles

Admittedly, the research subject isn’t particularly appetizing: Strongyloides stercoralis – small parasitic worms that live in their host’s intestines and have the potential to cause severe problems. Nevertheless, Adrian Streit from the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen is fascinated by this threadworm. It has a unique life cycle, and to this day, no one really understands why more

Obesity seen as self-inflicted

Representative survey in Germany, the UK, and the US more

Pulmonary fibrosis caused by single transcription factor

Reduced FoxO3 activity reprograms connective tissue cells, triggering the disease more

Anti-stress compound reduces obesity and diabetes

FKBP51-protein inhibitors could be used for treating diabetes more

Lung cancer triggers pulmonary hypertension

Nearly half of all advanced-stage lung cancer patients develop arterial pulmonary hypertension more

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