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Sirtuins are highly conserved histon/protein deacetylases, which confer stress resistance and longevity. In mammals sirtuins are represented by a gene family that consists of seven genes, Sirt1 -Sirt7. In our project we investigate the molecular basis of sirtuin functions in mammals. The understanding of sirtuin function can contribute to developing new therapeutic strategies to combat and/or treat age-related diseases. more
Technological invention and innovation are primarily the result of practical process. In China, they usually take place at the level of the illiterate craftsman and are principally conveyed through personal contacts. Their documentation demonstrates fundamental modifications in the way that culture handles knowledge. A study at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science focuses on developments between the 10th and 18th century in fields such as porcelain manufacture, textile manufacture, and military technology. more
Normative beliefs about the lifespan influence individuals’ perceptions and actions. In a recent study at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development researchers used a recognition-memory paradigm in which participants are presented adult faces of various ages along with two developmental goal orientations, growth and loss-prevention, and are later asked to recognize the initially presented faces and the developmental goal orientations with which they were associated. more
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