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Science up close - Zukunftstag at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry

April 26, 2016
April 28th, 2016 is this year's "Zukunftstag" – the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry is taking part again and offers an extensive program. On that day, about 80 pupils will take a look behind the scenes of the institute and test their abilities as researchers, programmers, or craftsmen. (in German) [more]
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Patrick Cramer funded by European Research Council

April 15, 2016
Max Planck Director Patrick Cramer again successfully applied for a highly competitive ERC Advanced Grant: His work will be funded with 2.5 million Euros. Cramer's research focuses on how cells read the genetic informations stored in the genome and how this process is regulated. He wants to use the funding to transfer the knowledge he gained primarily in yeast to human cells. (in German) [more]
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Melina Schuh receives BINDER Innovation Prize

March 18, 2016
Melina Schuh was awarded the 2016 BINDER Innovation Prize of the German Society for Cell Biology. The prize was given to the Max Planck Director for her findings on the development of mammalian eggs. Her research can help to better understand possible reasons for pregnancy loss and congenital diseases like Down's Syndrome. (in German) [more]
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Jürgen Troe appointed as honorary member of the Physikalischer Verein

March 11, 2016
The Physikalischer Verein – Gesellschaft für Bildung und Wissenschaft has elected Jürgen Troe as honorary member. With this award, the oldest physical association in Germany honors the researcher of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry and the University of Göttingen for his scientific achievements in the field of reaction kinetics of complex systems. (in German) [more]
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From famine to feast: Cells can adapt to nutritional changes

March 08, 2016
Our diet can be quite changeable. How exactly the cells of our body adjust to variable nutrient supply is largely unknown. Researchers headed by Halyna Shcherbata at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry found that, in fruit flies, so-called microRNAs play a decisive role in this regulation. [more]
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Reinhard Jahn honored with Communitas Prize

March 01, 2016
Reinhard Jahn, Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, is awarded the Communitas Prize of the Max Planck Society for his achievements to repeatedly implement structural improvements to science, in particular in the promotion of young researchers. [more]
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Marina Rodnina receives Leibniz Prize 2016

March 01, 2016
Marina Rodnina, Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, is today awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2016. The German Research Foundation honors the biochemist for her pioneering contribution to the understanding of the functioning of ribosomes. The most important German science award is endowed with 2.5 million Euros. (in German) [more]
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ERC Starting Grant for Alexander Stein

February 29, 2016
Biochemist Alexander Stein at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry received one of the European Research Council’s Starting Grants intended to support young researches in their independent scientific work. Alexander Stein will use his grant money to further build up his research group at the institute to study protein transport across membranes in living cells. (in German) [more]
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Realtime MRT visualizes causes for acid reflux

February 26, 2016
Doctors from the University Medicine in Göttingen and researches from the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry develop new methods to visualize and discover causes for acid reflux. (in German) [more]
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Molecular pilot exports stray proteins in the fastest way out of the nucleus

February 16, 2016
Highly selective gates in the two envelope membranes of the cell nucleus – called nuclear pores – monitor which molecules are allowed to enter  and which are not. Scientists led by Dirk Görlich and Henning Urlaub at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry have now shown that this security check at the nuclear pore is less reliable than previously thought. A molecular shuttle protein called CRM1 recognizes which proteins do not belong into the cell nucleus and guides them in the fastest way back into the cytosol. (in German) [more]
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Engineering nanobodies for super-resolution imaging and native protein complex isolation

February 04, 2016
Antibodies serve as tools in research, for example to mark or to isolate proteins. Nanobodies are particularly small antibodies that scientists generate with the help of alpacas and other camelids. They have many advantages but also suffer from drawbacks, for instance when applied in fluorescence microscopy. Researchers headed by Dirk Görlich at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry now developed a method which greatly improves the applicability of nanobodies. [more]
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A door opener for cell suicide

January 20, 2016
Every day, billions of cells in our body kill themselves. This is vital to us. Responsible for this self-induced cell death are the power houses of living cells, the mitochondria. When their surfaces become permeable the cell dies. Göttingen scientists have shown for the first time that the so-called Bax proteins form annular structures on the mitochondria. These rings could act as pores and so make the mitochondrial surface permeable. [more]
 
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