Video Portrait of Svante Pääbo

Svante Pääbo, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig is regarded as the founder of paleogenetics. In this video, he talks about what fascincates him about our anestors, the Neanderthals and Denisovans. more

The Neandertals and us

Neandertals are an extinct group of humans and the closest evolutionary relatives of humans living today. The oldest known Neandertals are about 400,000 years old and they became extinct about 40,000 years ago. They lived in Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and western Siberia. more

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The unread Stasi files
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The “Oscars of Science” 
Anthony Hyman and Clifford Brangwynne receive the world's largest science prize, the 2023 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Images of 2 black-and-white brain scans on a screen; a blue pencil points to the right brain scan
Electronic comparison of MRI images opens up new possibilities for early detection of diseases

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Cell droplet research

Cell droplet research

A new hope for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases / A film about the research of Anthony Hyman, who was awarded with the Köerber Prize 2022 and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences 2023
How we explore the Sun

How we explore the Sun

The Sunrise III Mission starts in summer 2022. The ballon-borne observatory has now reached an important milestone
Flight and trauma

Flight and trauma

Video March 18, 2022
Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life. Now with Ukrainian subtitles
Covid-19: from vaccination to medication

Covid-19: from vaccination to medication

Three pioneering experts - Uğur Şahin, Tzachi Pilpel & Patrick Cramer - discussed the future of fighting Covid-19.on Nov 11, 2021
Optogenetics briefly explained

Optogenetics briefly explained

Optogenetics is a relatively new field that uses light to control genetically modified cells. It is based on light-activated membrane proteins, such as bacteriorhodopsin or channelrhodopsin, that are built into nerve cells
Four questions for Raisa Sherif

Four questions for Raisa Sherif

Raisa Sherif,  now a senior research fellow at Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance, talks about her work, what advice she has for girls who want to become researchers, and the challenges of becoming a researcher.

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