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Issue 2014

4/2014

Custom-Tailored Molecules
Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a single-celled green alga, can’t see much at all with its eye composed solely of photosensitive rhodopsin molecules. Yet there is more to algal rhodopsin than one would expect. In recent years, it has triggered a revolution in neurobiology. Ernst Bamberg from the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt helped make it famous. He is now researching these molecules and developing new variants for basic research and medical applications.
Issue 2009

MPR 3 /2009

The Genetic Story behind a Good Nose
Peter Mombaerts is as familiar with the world of molecules, genes and cellular signals as he is with the world of odors. The Belgian, who is now Director at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt/Main, is one of the researchers who have clarified what pathway odors take through the nose and brain – or at least the basic principles of it.
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