Archives for November 2014

Complete RNAi knockdowns of the human or mouse genome – and much more

The Small Molecule Screening Unit established by the MDC and FMP now has the capacity to carry out screens to knock down every human or mouse gene using small interfering RNAs. This is an extremely powerful method of discovering new components of biological systems or revealing the impact of particular molecules on cellular processes or […]

BIMSB construction site handed over

What seems to be only a small step in a construction project marks a giant leap for the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB): The piece of land for the new 7-story building for the BIMSB on the central historical campus of the Humboldt University was handed over to the MDC officially on Monday, […]

A broken tool and broken hearts

The analysis of the human genome showed that our DNA contains fewer genes than most scientists expected – and that most are more like archipelagoes than compact islands. A gene’s sequence usually contains several protein-encoding segments, called exons, which are separated by long, non-coding sequences called introns. These have to be removed to create a […]

All About Stem Cells

450 scientists met at the 2nd International Annual Conference of the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) in Heidelberg “Stem cells are the origin of all different cells in our body. With their help we can elucidate the course of an illness, investigate models for diseases, and, hopefully, develop innovative therapies”, says Andreas Trumpp, President of […]

Thomas Sommer is interim Head of the MDC

Thomas Sommer has officially stepped in as interim Director of the MDC after Walter Rosenthal took office as President of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. Since October 15, 2014, Thomas is Interim Chair of the MDC Board of Directors until the appointment of a successor. He also assumed the vacant positions of member of […]

Cultures Calendar: Saint Nicholas and the bad cop

In the 1950s, the Basilica de San Nicola – a church in the Italian harbor city of Bari – was restored. During the restoration, scientists were allowed to open a particular grave to take measurements, photographs, and X-ray images of the bones within. More than fifty years later, forensic anthropologist Caroline Wilkinson used the rich […]

Heinz Bielka remembers November 9, 1989

Heinz Bielka (85) spontaneously laughs when asked about the day the wall came down. At the time he was head of a department at the Central Institute for Molecular Biology („Zentralinstitut für Molekularbiologie“, ZIM) of the Academy of Sciences of the German Democratic Republic, or GDR, the former East Germany. The Max Delbrück Center for […]