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  • Press release - 05/12/2012

    Being the first in Europe, the Next Generation Sequencing Laboratories of the Constance Genome and Diagnostics Centre has been accredited according to ISO 17025 from the national accreditation body for the Federal Republic of Germany (DAkks). The independent governmental institution has acknowledged the high quality standard of the sequencing service on technology platforms Illumina HiSeq and Roche GSFLX sequencing.

  • Press release - 04/12/2012

    Neurobiologists from Heidelberg University’s Centre for Organismal Studies (COS) have gained new insights into how different types of nerve cells are formed in the developing animal. Through specialised microscopes, they were able to follow the development of the neural retina in the eye of living zebrafish embryos. Using high-resolution three-dimensional time-lapse images the researchers simultaneously observed the division of retinal nerve…

  • Press release - 04/12/2012

    Regulatory SMAD proteins that are critical for the differentiation of various cell types are not only controlled through regulation of their activation but also through the available quantity of signal molecules in the inactivated state. This was shown by scientists from Heidelberg University Kaiserslautern and Jena.

  • Press release - 29/11/2012

    While in deep dreamless sleep our hippocampus sends messages to our cortex and changes its plasticity possibly transferring recently acquired knowledge to long-term memory. But how exactly is this done? Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics have now developed a novel multimodal methodology called neural event-triggered functional magnetic resonance imaging NET-fMRI and presented the very first results obtained using…

  • Press release - 26/11/2012

    Immobile patients are in constant danger of developing pressure ulcers on the skin. Empa, Schoeller Medical and the Swiss Paraplegic Centre have worked together to develop a special sheet that is gentle on the skin and helps to make patients more comfortable.

  • Press release - 26/11/2012

    Jozien Goense from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen Germany and her colleagues used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging fMRI to observe these layer-specific neural processes within the cortex and found different mechanisms for fMRI response increases and decreases as well as cortical layer-dependent differences in the neurovascular coupling mechanism.

  • Press release - 26/11/2012

    An estimated 220 million people become infected with malaria each year the disease is often lethal. The infected suffer from a high fever. As this is also the case with other germs however it is important to conduct a rapid and precise analysis to determine the cause of the disease for a successful therapy. A team of researchers aims to develop a rapid test of this kind within the context of the project DiscoGnosis. The project is being…

  • Press release - 22/11/2012

    Clumped proteins can be dissolved with the aid of cellular repair systems a process of critical importance for cell survival especially under conditions of stress. Heidelberg researchers have now decrypted the fundamental mechanism for dissolving protein aggregates that involves specific molecular chaperones.

  • Press release - 16/11/2012

    Prof. Dr. Michael Reth has been awarded an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council ERC. The 2.24 million Euro award will be used to fund research over the next 5 years. The Albert-Ludwigs-University scientist wants to use this special funding to explore the nanoscale organization of proteins in biological membranes. With his nanoscale explorer program Reth and his group wish to obtain new insights into membrane processes of normal and…

  • Press release - 15/11/2012

    Yersinia enterocolitica, a pathogenic bacterium, causes fever and diarrhea. By help of a protein anchored in its membrane, Yersinia attaches to its host cells and infects them. Scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen and the Leibniz-Institut fuer Molekulare Pharmakologie in Berlin have determined the structure of an important component of the membrane protein and have gained insight into its biogenesis. The…

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