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To Alfred Pohl's 90<sup>th</sup> birthday –<em><em><em><em><em><br /><em>The Light and Colors of South America</em></em></em></em></em></em>

The exhibition Alfred Pohl - The Light and Colors of South America will be opened on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 4 pm at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry. The art historian Rudolf Krüger will give an introduction to Alfred Pohl's work. Hans-Henning Vater (violin) and Christian Horn (bandoneon) will frame the opening with Tango Argentino. The Pohl exhibition is open from October 27 to November 21, admission is free of charge. (in German) more

School, stage, and pub: <em>Max-Planck-Tag</em> in Göttingen

More than 40 researchers in the schools, a moving Max Planck on stage, and a fun pub evening combining science with humor and live music – last Friday's Max-Planck-Tag offered a full and varied program from early in the morning until late in the evening. more

Max Planck Day

Max Planck Day

August 29, 2018

On Friday, September 14, we celebrate Max Planck Day. In a wide variety of public events, Max Planck scientists throughout Germany show which open questions are the driving force behind their research. In Göttingen, the program runs through the entire day. more

<p>Nikon Young Scientist Award for Agata Zielinska</p>

Agata Zielinska, scientist at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry, has been awarded the Nikon Young Scientist Award of the German Society for Cell Biology. The society recognizes Zielinska's outstanding achievements in research into the maturation of mammalian eggs. (in German) more

Pause &amp; go: How cells tune gene expression

Cell identity and fate are determined by a cell’s repertoire of expressed genes. Gene expression is regulated at the level of DNA-dependent RNA polymerases, which make RNA copies from DNA templates through a process called transcription. Transcription is regulated both during initiation and elongation of the RNA chain. In two new studies, scientists of the MPI-BPC have determined the molecular basis of critical steps regulating elongation. more

From asteroids to the energy transition and artificial intelligence to miracle substances

Science at the Göttinger Literaturherbst invites the audience on a journey through top German and international research from October 12-21, 2018. In eight lectures  renowned researchers and science journalists cover the spectrum from mathematics to species protection, and sleep research. Join the discussion! (in German) more

Size does matter

Size does matter

July 23, 2018

A team of scientists at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry as well as the Universities of Dundee (UK) and Groningen (Netherlands) has now clarified how potassium ions slip through potassium channels so efficiently and exclusively: They pass through the channels “naked”. more

Mechanisms for catalytic carbon monoxide oxidation clarified

Catalytic reactions clean up emissions from motor vehicles and industrial smokestacks. A new surface chemistry technique has allowed researchers at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry and the University of Göttingen to determine the long-sought mechanisms of one of the most studied catalytic reactions: the oxidation of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide on a platinum surface. Their findings can help to develop better catalysts. (in German) more

<p class="Default">Unambiguously ambiguous: A yeast breaks the most important rule of the genetic code</p>

According to the genetic code in our DNA, cells assemble amino acids into proteins. Like any other code, the genetic code is unambiguous: A certain DNA sequence is always translated into the same amino acid. That's what researchers used to think. Scientists at the MPI of Biophysical Chemistry and the University of Bath (England) are now reporting for the first time on an organism that breaks this rule: the yeast Ascoidea asiatica randomly translates a certain DNA sequence into two different amino acids. (in German) more

Stefan Hell Fellowship for Jonas Bucevicius

Junior researcher Jonas Bucevicius has been awarded a Stefan Hell Fellowship at the Annual General Meeting of the Max Planck Society in Heidelberg. The chemist thus receives an employment contract at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and financial resources for his research. (in German) more

<p>Jens Frahm receives European Inventor Award 2018 for fast MRI in medical diagnostics</p>

The European Patent Office (EPO) has honored Jens Frahm of the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen with the European Inventor Award 2018 for his ground-breaking advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In two steps, the physicist and his team succeeded in speeding up MRI by a factor of up to 10,000 and established it in clinical practice. more

<em>EMBO Gold Medal</em> for Melina Schuh

With this prize, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) honors the Director at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry for her ground-breaking work on meiosis in mammalian eggs. The award ceremony will take place during the annual ASCB/EMBO meeting in December 2018 in San Diego, California (United States). (in German) more

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