Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics

Research publications

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Research publications 2017

New biomarkers for bowel cancer treatment

February 09, 2017

Scientists can predict in the lab whether a drug will be effective for individual colorectal tumours [more]

Research publications 2016

Gene fusions can lead to glioblastoma in children

October 19, 2016

Scientists discover a new target for treating aggressive brain tumors [more]


New gene functions after genomic duplications

October 12, 2016

Researchers in Berlin describe how duplications of DNA segments affect the three dimensional structure of the genome [more]


DNA structure influences the function of transcription factors

September 02, 2016

Spatial arrangement of the binding site and neighbouring segments modulates gene activity [more]


“No authorization exists for such research”

April 19, 2016

The human geneticist Stefan Mundlos warns against intervention in the human germline made possible by the CRISPR/Cas ‘gene scissors’ [more]

Relationships inside a cell

April 04, 2016

Scientists publish the first RNA interactome of the human nucleus [more]

Research publications 2015

Scientists decipher the molecular basis of an as yet incurable leukemia in children

July 30, 2015

Detailed molecular analyses allow new insights into the function of tumour cells and new treatments [more]


Genetic diseases shift boundaries within the genome

May 13, 2015

Researchers in Berlin find that some rare diseases are caused by the destruction of functional boundaries within DNA [more]

Seven genes for X-linked intellectual disability

February 13, 2015

Genetic analysis discovers new mutations on the X chromosome [more]

Mice with mutations for rare human diseases

February 09, 2015

Researchers have developed a new method to reproduce large genomic rearrangements in mice [more]


Mapping of the canary genome

February 04, 2015

Hormone sensitive gene regulation in seasonal singing birds [more]

Research publications 2014

Duality in the human genome

November 27, 2014

Human genomes are extraordinarily individual - a challenge for personalised medicine [more]

New diagnostic method identifies genetic diseases

September 16, 2014

PhenIX can identify genetic diseases quickly and reliably based on analyses of genes and symptoms [more]

Research publications 2013

Transcription factors: function follows form

October 17, 2013

Spatial structure determines transcription factor activity [more]

Cause of genetic disease discovered

May 08, 2013

Mutated protein causes congenital joint contractures and intellectual disability [more]


Colon cancer exhibits a corresponding epigenetic pattern in mice and humans

February 07, 2013

Epigenetic investigation of mice can as a result contribute to early diagnosis of cancer in humans [more]


Epigenetic control of cardiogenesis

January 29, 2013

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

Research publications 2012

Epigenetic causes of prostate cancer

September 04, 2012

Researchers observe modified methylation patterns in a group of prostate cancers [more]


Liquorice root found to contain anti-diabetic substance

April 17, 2012

Researchers discover promising anti-diabetic substance in the amorfrutin class of natural substances [more]

Research publications 2011

Monogenic defects responsible for intellectual disability and related disorders

September 21, 2011

Researchers discover 50 new genetic causes of intellectual disability in children [more]

Making one into two – first German genome comprehensively resolved at its molecular level

September 12, 2011

Max Planck researchers analyse the two chromosome sets in the human genome separately for the first time [more]


Cellular metabolism self-adapts to protect against free radicals

September 07, 2011

Feedback mechanism coordinates cellular respiration and the degradation of free oxygen radicals [more]


Mitochondrial genome mutates when reprogrammed

July 28, 2011

Max Planck researchers encounter genetic changes in the genome of the cellular power plants of human induced pluripotent stem cell [more]


Mutated muscle protein causes deafness

May 30, 2011

Gene mutations on the X chromosome lead to progressive hearing impairment [more]


Xenacoelomorpha – a new phylum in the animal kingdom

February 15, 2011

Scientists reorganise the animal phylogenetic tree [more]


Different sources, same result

January 03, 2011

Induced pluripotent stem cells from foetal skin cells and embryonic stem cells display comparable potential for derivation of hepatocytes [more]

Research publications 2010

Mutation patterns reveal individual types of colorectal cancer

December 23, 2010

Researchers have developed a process that enables the faster identification of different types of colorectal cancer [more]


Stem cells from amniotic fluid

November 19, 2010

Reprogrammed amniotic fluid cells can generate all types of body cells [more]


The art of dividing

September 03, 2010

Researchers in Berlin decode function and protein content of the centrosome [more]


All genes in one go

August 29, 2010

New method for genome analysis identifies the genetic effect of a rare disease [more]

Research publications 2009

'Feel-good' hormone serotonin regulates blood sugar concentration

October 28, 2009

Scientists from Berlin and Maribor reveal serotonin’s role in the pancreas and its implication in diabetes [more]

Research publications 2006

New Details about the Molecular Post Room in Cells

October 29, 2006

A research group including the MPI for Molecular Genetics has succeeded in gaining new insight into the synthesis and sorting mechanisms for special proteins [more]


New insight into cell division

October 27, 2006

Max Planck scientists in Berlin reveal a molecular mechanism which controls the distribution of chromosomes when cells divide [more]


The Molecular Post Office Inside the Cell

May 12, 2006

A team of researchers in Berlin explains synthesis and sorting processes for secretory and membrane proteins [more]

Research publications 2004

Chatty Finches

March 31, 2004

Max Planck Scientists and their American co-workers identified "Speech-Gene" in songbirds [more]

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