Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing

Research publications

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Research publications 2017

Crowding in the skin

December 11, 2017

Stem cells sense neighbourhood density to make decisions on their behaviour [more]


Nucleolus is a life expectancy predictor

August 31, 2017

Scientists discover that nucleolar size correlates with health and lifespan in organisms as diverse as roundworms, flies and humans [more]


More functional DNA in mitochondria cures male infertility

August 04, 2017

Higher number of mitochondrial DNA-molecules can compensate for negative effects of mutations [more]


Gut bacteria affect ageing

April 18, 2017

The life expectancy of older fish is extended if their gut is colonized with the microorganisms of younger fish. [more]

Dieting causes epigenetic changes during ageing

April 11, 2017

In mice, dietary restrictions can lead to changes in lipid metabolism, thus increasing the animals' lifespans [more]


Genome-based diets maximise growth, fecundity, and lifespan

March 13, 2017

A new developed diet for fruit flies increases growth and fecundity without shortening life-span [more]


DNA repair: a new letter in the cell alphabet

February 10, 2017

Results reveal how discoveries may be hidden in scientific “blind spots” [more]

Research publications 2016

Reprogrammable skin stem cells in a test-tube

December 19, 2016

New system could reduce number of animal experiments [more]


Diabetes: new hope for better wound healing

October 11, 2016

Sluggish insulin metabolism results in slow and incomplete healing of injuries [more]


A network for longevity

April 05, 2016

Transcription factors influence lifespan of roundworms [more]

Research publications 2015

A model for ageing

August 06, 2015

Life is short, especially for the killifish, Nothobranchius furzeri: It lives for only a few months and then its time is up. During that short lifespan it passes through every phase of life from larva to venerable old fish. [more]


Cancer drug prolongs life in flies

June 25, 2015

Trametinib inhibits the same signal pathway in flies and humans and could thus conceivably also extend life expectancy in humans [more]

Research publications 2014

Toxic proteins damage nerve cells

August 11, 2014

Researchers uncover new causes for ALS and a specific form of dementia [more]


Life-style determines gut microbes

April 15, 2014

An international team of researchers has for the first time deciphered the intestinal bacteria of present-day hunter-gatherers [more]


Well-rested flies

April 01, 2014

Therapeutic agent reduces age-related sleep problems in fruit flies [more]


How a small worm may help the fight against Alzheimer’s

March 13, 2014

N-acetylglucosamine prevents protein aggregation [more]

Research publications 2013

A mother’s genes influence her child’s ageing

August 21, 2013

Mutations of mitochondrial DNA can hasten offspring’s ageing process [more]


Anti-ageing hormone receptors

August 07, 2013

Hormone receptors may regulate the effect of nutrition on life expectancy not only in roundworms, but perhaps also in human beings [more]

Research publications 2012

Reproduction and life span are intertwined

December 17, 2012

Removing a roundworm's germ cells prolongs the animal's life [more]

Research publications 2009

How nutrition affects healthy ageing

December 04, 2009

The correct combination of proteins is decisive for healthy ageing, not reducing the calories in our diet [more]

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