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Research publications

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Research publications 2017

A stable shell for artificial cells

October 26, 2017

Scientists are developing cell-like lipid vesicles which can be populated with natural cell proteins [more]


Shining a light on molecular switches

September 29, 2017

First structural insights obtained from femtosecond X-ray crystallography [more]


Research highlights from our yearbook

June 22, 2017

The yearbook of the Max Planck Society illustrates the research carried out at our institutes. We selected a few reports from our 2017 yearbook to illustrate the variety and diversity of topics and projects. [more]

Research publications 2016

A virus as a symbiosis partner

December 09, 2016

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


Cuddle hormone relieves pain

March 07, 2016

Max Planck researchers discover a new effect of oxytocin [more]

Research publications 2015

The magic of wound healing

March 05, 2015

The protein merlin regulates collective cell movement, promoting effective and rapid wound healing [more]

Research publications 2014

Fight or flight – the zebrafish's eye decides

September 18, 2014

The eye of a zebrafish larva can already distinguish between prey and predator [more]


A first direct glimpse of photosynthesis in action

July 11, 2014

Researchers visualize the processes by which photosynthetic proteins split water into hydrogen and oxygen [more]

Research publications 2013

The geometry of cancer cells

December 05, 2013

Malignant and healthy cells display characteristic fractal patterns, which can be used to tell them apart [more]


Rare earths in bacteria

October 30, 2013

Methane-decomposing bacteria from hot springs need the valuable metals to produce energy [more]


Long-term memory in the cortex

August 27, 2013

Game changing results: Brain uses the cortex for making sensory associations, not the hippocampus [more]


The brain: with all its cells and their connections

August 07, 2013

Scientists succeed in the complete reconstruction of a piece of retina [more]


Eyes on the prey

May 22, 2013

Researchers analyse the hunting behaviour of fish larvae in virtual reality [more]

Research publications 2012

Fighting sleeping sickness with X-ray lasers

December 21, 2012

Structure analysis of the trypanosomal protein Cathepsin B is among the scientific breakthroughs of 2012 [more]


A circuit diagram of the mouse brain

October 22, 2012

Max Planck scientists aim to analyse a whole mouse brain under the electron microscope [more]


The hippocampus as a decision-maker

July 16, 2012

Hippocampal NMDA receptors in the brain help to make the right decision when faced with complex orientation problems [more]


Free-electron lasers reveal detailed architecture of proteins

May 31, 2012

Ultrashort flashes of X-radiation allow atomic structures of macromolecules to be obtained even from tiny protein crystals [more]


Cell movement patterns

March 08, 2012

A method that enables scientists to grow cells on easily generated fine structures provides new insights into cell migration [more]


Anti-fear hormone oxytocin transported directly to target sites in the brain

February 08, 2012

Scientists observe how oxytocin reaches central brain circuits and influences behaviour [more]

Research publications 2011

Maternal care influences brain chemistry into adulthood

December 07, 2011

The effect of the messenger substance neuropeptide Y depends on the behaviour of the mother during infancy [more]


The brain’s connectome – from branch to branch

July 28, 2011

Max Planck scientists develop new analytical tools for the fast and accurate reconstruction of neural networks [more]


Deeper insight in the activity of cortical cells

July 12, 2011

Max Planck scientists can image the processing of information deeper in the cortex with the help of a new multi photon microscope design [more]


Bacteria poison themselves from within

March 22, 2011

Potential new antibiotics use a bacterial suicide mechanism [more]


New microscope decodes complex eye circuitry

March 09, 2011

Retinal ganglion cells can recognise directions thanks to amacrine cells [more]

Research publications 2010

Blinking neurons give thoughts away

May 04, 2010

Genetic light source measures brain signals [more]

Research publications 2008

When a light goes on during thought processes

October 01, 2008

Fluorescent proteins in the brain light up during individual action potentials making it possible to track nerve cell communication [more]

Research publications 2006

Learning During Sleep?

December 05, 2006

Max Planck researchers in Heidelberg are investigating communication between memory areas during sleep [more]

Research publications 2005

Watching Microglia at Work

April 15, 2005

Max Planck Researchers shed light on the immune defense behaviour of Microglial cells in the brain [more]

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