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Press Releases

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Deeper look into a protein

January 13, 2017
Max Planck researchers from Erlangen and Göttingen have used the so-called COLD fluorescence microscopy method to visualize structures of proteins with less than five Angstrom resolution. COLD achieves this high precision in detail because it works at minus 270 degrees Celsius. At this temperature the signals of the luminous proteins are more intense and can thus be located more accurately. Applying this method structural changes of proteins  associated with diseases can be made visible in vitro. (in German) [more]
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Tobias Moser receives Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine 2017

January 06, 2017
Tobias Moser from Göttingen receives this year’s Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine. The Jung Society for Science and Research thereby honors the neuroscientist’s cutting-edge work about signal transmission in the inner ear and his innovative concepts for treating deafness. (in German) [more]
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Researchers achieve ultimate resolution limit in fluorescence microscopy

December 22, 2016
Scientists around Stefan Hell at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry have developed a new fluorescence microscope, called MINFLUX, allowing, for the first time, to optically separate molecules, which are only nanometers (one millionth of a millimeter) apart from each other. This microscope is more than 100 times sharper than conventional light microscopy and surpasses even the best super-resolution light microscopy methods to date, namely STED and PALM/STORM, by up to 20 times. [more]
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Physics talents meet physics experts

December 14, 2016
Federal winners of the contest Jugend forscht visited the Göttingen Max Planck Campus. Twelve young physics talents from all over Germany met scientists including Nobel laureate Stefan Hell at the Max Planck Institutes for Biophysical Chemistry as well as for Dynamics and Self-Organization and gained important insight into their current research. (in German) [more]
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Molecular "Tai-Chi" for highest precision

December 01, 2016
Researchers around Holger Stark and Niels Fischer of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, together with colleagues, succeeded to visualize complex movements at the ribosome which explain its astounding accuracy in cellular protein production. They were able to elucidate in atomic detail how the ribosome reliably integrates the correct amino acid into a protein. [more]
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Reinhard Jahn receives Balzan Prize 2016

November 21, 2016
This year's Balzan Prize in the field of "Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences" endowed with 750,000 Swiss Francs was awarded to Reinhard Jahn, Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry. The "International Foundation Balzan Prize" honors the neurobiologist with this award for his groundbreaking work on transmission of signals between nerve cells. (in German) [more]
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Jens Frahm elected into the Hall of Fame der deutschen Forschung

November 17, 2016
With the election the manager magazin honors the physicist for his ground-breaking advancements of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) tomography. He is the third scientist of the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, besides Manfred Eigen and Stefan Hell, who was elected into the Hall of Fame der deutschen Forschung(in German) [more]
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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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