The rapid development of CRISPR/Cas technology and other genome-editing techniques raises a variety of scientific, legal and ethical questions. The Max Planck Society has decided to contribute the expertise of its scientists to foster scientific and societal debate on the subject. It has therefore formulated its position on genome editing in a position paper. The paper considers the current state of our knowledge insufficient to justify, among other things, modifying the human germline

Special focus: CRISPR-Cas9

Even after 30 years of research, the functioning of CRISPR-Cas9 is still not entirely understood. more

Position paper of the Max Planck Society

Statement on the scientific and translational impact of genome editing and arising ethical, legal and societal issues. more

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The entire sky in X-rays

June 12, 2019

The eRosita space telescope will be launched on 21 June in order to provide deep insights into space

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The hidden structure of the periodic system

June 14, 2019

The well-known representation of chemical elements is just one example of how objects can be arranged and classified

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The brains of birds synchronize when they sing duets

June 12, 2019

Vocal control areas in the brain of weaver birds fire in time when they sing together

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When alumni give career advice

May 10, 2019

On September 1 and 2, 2017, Max Planck alumni and young researchers came together for two days of sharing and learning at Harnack House in Berlin

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Innovative training programmes for Phd students

Innovative training programmes for Phd students

Talented German and foreign junior scientists are offered the opportunity to earn a doctorate under excellent research conditions

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Flight and trauma

Flight and trauma

Video March 15, 2018

Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life.

The school for T Cells

The school for T Cells

Video August 17, 2017

The lamprey has no thymus gland. Max Planck scientist Thomas Böhm wants to know how it copes with bacteria and viruses.

Cryptography

Cryptography

Video May 04, 2017

In principle, almost any encryption key can be broken - all you need is the right computing power. The situation is different, however, with quantum cryptography. Gerd Leuchs is researching this encryption technology of the future.

Climate: how the earth breathes

Climate: how the earth breathes

Video February 06, 2017

Researchers understand Earth’s climate system very accurately by now. For a long time, however, an important piece of the puzzle remained very elusive - the role played by vegetation and soils.

MaxPlanck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology

MaxPlanck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology

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Interfaces of matter and life are the focus of the new Max Planck Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology. Prof. Imre Berger from Bristol University explains the topic.

From the Institutes


MPI for Mathematics in the Sciences
The hidden structure of the periodic system more
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
Those who live longer have fewer children more
MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics
The entire sky in X-rays more
MPI for Marine Microbiology
One of the simplest animals live in symbiosis with bacteria more
MPI for Heart and Lung Research
Earliest step of lymphatic system formation discovered more

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