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4/2016The Lab in the Big Lake
Sunshine, water, blue skies and a castle in the background – many people associate the lakes in and around Plön, in northern Germany, with carefree vacation days. The scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology have certainly not lost sight of the beauty of the landscape, but the main focus of their interest is one of the lakes’ inhabitants and its genes. The three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) feels very much at home along the shores of Great Plön Lake. And right here, amid the natural nesting grounds of these small fish, is where the Institute’s open water research labs are located.
The sculpins of Arne Nolte, head of a research group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön, near Kiel, are no beauties; yet these unprepossessing fish, first discovered in the Lower Rhine in the 1990s, hold a special fascination
MPR 1/2013Cultural War over Genetic Engineering
The debate surrounding the dangers posed by genetically modified organisms is becoming emotional and increasingly removed from the scientific context – particularly when it comes to the use of these organisms in agriculture. The radical rejection is obstructing its development and leading to problems that its opponents had actually hoped to prevent.