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Research News and Awards

Press Releases

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Ribosomal quality control

September 29, 2016
Formation of macromolecular machines within cells is often a complicated endeavor. Biochemists of the University of Würzburg and the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry have now unraveled new details of these processes. They show that cells invest a great deal of effort into preventing production errors. [more]
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How science makes us better people

September 27, 2016
Superorganisms, climate change, and the physics of Star Trek – in the 10th lecture series Wissenschaft beim Göttinger Literaturherbst, which takes place from Ocotber 21st to 30th, nine renowned rearchers and science authors will talk about their latest books in exciting and thought-provoking lectures. (in German) [more]
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Stefan Oberdieck receives Max Planck Azubipreis 2016

September 22, 2016
Once again, a former apprentice of our institute receives the Azubipreis worth 750 € from the Max Planck Society. With this, the Max Planck Society honors outstanding achievements of their apprentices. (in German) [more]
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Reinhard Jahn receives Balzan Prize

September 16, 2016
The Balzan Prize is one of the most prestigious scientific awards. This year, it goes to the neurobiologist Reinhard Jahn for his achievements in molecular and cellualr neurosciences. (press release of the Max Planck Society, in German) [more]
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Klaus Weber, former Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, has died

August 13, 2016
It is with deep sadness that the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry announces the death of its Emeritus Director Klaus Weber. The internationally renowned scientist died on August 8th, 2016 aged 80 years. (in German) [more]
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Watching molecular machines at work

August 11, 2016
An international team of scientists from Austria, Germany, and the United States has combined newly developed techniques in electron microscopy and protein assembly to elucidate how cells regulate one of the most important steps in cell division. [more]
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Every atom counts

August 05, 2016
A team of researchers from Göttingen and Hamburg have now succeeded in determining the 3D structure of the human proteasome – the cell's garbage disposal – in unprecedented detail and have deciphered the mechanism by which inhibitors block the proteasome. Their results will pave the way to develop more effective proteasome inhibitors for therapy of cancers such as multiple myeloma. [more]
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Patrick Cramer receives Centenary Award 2016

August 02, 2016
Patrick Cramer, Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, receives this year's Centenary Award of the British Biochemical Society. The Society thereby honors the biochemist's cutting-edge work about an elementary process of life – the transcription of genes. The awardee received the prize on August 1st in Macclesfield (UK). It is endowed with a medal and 3000 British Pounds. (in German) [more]
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Just like grandpa - a single mutation is sufficient to rewrite rules of inheritance

August 01, 2016
As researchers of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry have found out, an increase in the amount of a single protein in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans leads to non-Mendelian inheritance. Their results help to better understand how our genes are regulated and could provide important impulses for new breeding methods. (in German) [more]
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Victor P. Whittaker, former Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, has died at age 97

July 22, 2016
It is with deep sadness that the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry announces the death of its Emeritus Director Victor P. Whittaker. The neurochemist died on July 5th, 2016 aged 97 years in Cambridge (UK). (in German) [more]
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KMRS Prize 2016 for Christian Griesinger

July 20, 2016
Christian Griesinger of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry receives this year's KMRS Prize. With this award, the Korean Society of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (KMRS) recognizes the chemist's outstanding research in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance-based structural biology and his dedication for the Korean Research Foundation. (In German) [more]
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Messaging by flow in the brain

July 08, 2016
Max Planck researchers visualize cilia-based networks in the brain, which could transport vital messenger substances to where they are needed. Through synchronized beating movements, they create a complex network of dynamic flows that act like conveyor belts transporting molecular “freight”. [more]
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