Infection Biology

A decisive pinch of sugar

Scientists have discovered a new mechanism for bacterial polysaccharide export more

Tuberculosis vaccine passes safety test

The vaccine candidate VPM1002 shows its safety in a study with HIV- and non-HIV-exposed newborns more

Hormonal teamplay in trees

In poplars, two plant hormones boost each other in defense against pathogenic fungi more

Sea lions at the coast

New details about tuberculosis’ evolutionary history in ancient South America point to a complex web of disease transmission in the pre-colonial period more

Covid-19 genetic risk variant protects against HIV

A Covid-19 variant inherited from Neandertals reduces a person’s risk of contracting HIV by 27 percent more

The parasite Toxoplasma gondii (red) causes mitochondria (green) to shed large structures of their "skin" (yellow).

Pathogens hijack host mitochondria more

Animal vaccines with self-spreading viruses

Vaccines for animals based on viruses that spread on their own are being developed in Europe and the U.S more

Scientific highlights 2021

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2021 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

A new bacterial strain replaced older strains during the seventh cholera pandemic more

Genotoxic <em>E. coli</em> “caught in the act”

Max Planck researchers and their collaborators reveal transformation of colon organoids in vitro more

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Tuberculosis vaccine passes safety test

The vaccine candidate VPM1002 shows its safety in a study with HIV- and non-HIV-exposed newborns more

Covid-19 genetic risk variant protects against HIV

A Covid-19 variant inherited from Neandertals reduces a person’s risk of contracting HIV by 27 percent more

Animal vaccines with self-spreading viruses

Vaccines for animals based on viruses that spread on their own are being developed in Europe and the U.S more

Scientific highlights 2021

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2021 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

Genotoxic <em>E. coli</em> “caught in the act”

Max Planck researchers and their collaborators reveal transformation of colon organoids in vitro more

Heterogeneous populations develop herd immunity quicker

Differences between individuals reduce the number of infections required for herd immunity more

Flu may increase the spread of Covid-19

Researchers show in mathematical model that flu may facilitate the spread of Covid-19 more

Reduction of bushmeat hunting

Disease prevention and protection of species requires differentiated strategies more

Treatments for Coronavirus: re-purposing existing drugs

A cancer drug may inhibit the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus more

Using alveolar epithelia as a model for corona infection

Berlin researchers are using organ-like cell cultures to investigate compounds to combat the new virus more

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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

Possible cause of early colonial-era Mexican epidemic identified

Salmonella enterica, the bacterium responsible for enteric fever, may be the long-debated cause of the 1545-1550 AD “cocoliztli” epidemic in Oaxaca, Mexico that heavily affected the native population. more

Sugar molecule helps stomach cells to differentiate between good and bad bugs

Max Planck scientists discover novel innate surveillance mechanism to fight off pathogenic Helicobacter strains more

<p>Are stem cells the link between bacteria and cancer?</p>

New mechanism of stomach gland regeneration reveals impact of Helicobacter pylori infection more

Anthrax: a hidden threat to wildlife in the tropics

Researchers illuminate the epidemiology of a cryptic pathogen more

Zika virus successfully produced in the laboratory

Max Planck scientists fulfil a key requirement for further research on Zika virus and for the production of vaccines more

Bushmeat consumption decreases during the Ebola epidemic

Household income and knowledge about health risks drive the consumption of wild animal meat in West Africa more

“We still know far too little about bird flu”

Wolfgang Fiedler, an ornithologist at the Radolfzell Ornithological Station, pleads for more research leading to a better understanding of transmission paths more

A virus as a symbiosis partner

The mavirus provides single-celled organisms with immunity against a giant virus more

Balancing selection is responsible for helping us fend off pathogens, but also for the occurrence of mutations in our genome that predispose us to hereditary diseases more

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