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Thanks to the sequencing of the human genome, we have access to detailed and extensive information about the complexity of biological processes. The comparison of the human genome with the chimpanzee genome leeds to a better understanding of molecular processes. This will set up a basis for the advancement of new medical diagnostics and treatments. more
Transcription factors play a central role for the regulation of genes. The Department of Computational Biology at the MPI for Molecular Genetics utilizes a panel of mathematical methods to analyze function and interaction of transcription factors in order to achieve new insights into gene regulation. more
This paper is a heuristic introduction into current mathematical research in differential geometry, which provided the basic framework for formulating Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. Specifically, recent results in the field of geometric evolution equations are described, which concern the so-called Yamabe flow. more
The first direct detection of gravitational waves will mark the beginning of gravitational wave astronomy, opening a new window to the universe. The necessary high detection sensitivity calls for ultra-stable high power lasers and advanced stabilisation techniques as well as innovative new concepts. This article gives an overview of these worldwide efforts, in which the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) plays a leading role. more
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