Max Planck Institutes
MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Press and Public Relations
3/2016Liaison in a Test Tube
In the mid-1970s, Georges Köhler, later Director at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology
in Freiburg, succeeded in fusing together a short-lived immune cell and a rapidly dividing cancer cell. The result was an immortal cell chimera with the ability to produce identical (“monoclonal”) antibodies, ushering in a revolution in biology and medical science. In 1984, Köhler was awarded the Nobel Prize along with César Milstein and Niels Kaj Jerne. The researcher, who died young, would have celebrated his 70th birthday this year.
MPR 3/2012Freedom Creates Knowledge
Knowledge changes constantly as research probes the validity of existing knowledge and converts ignorance into new knowledge. Research may also create new ignorance by discovering entirely novel territories whose very existence we had not imagined. Our author analyzes the conditions most conducive to drawing back the curtains.
MPR 2 /2011Operating the Genome Switches
Research into epigenetics is a rapidly growing field. A recent conference at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology in Freiburg shed light on the reasons.