Archives for June 2015

Mice with a cool touch

Chill out; you can use the same brain region to sense temperature and touch. The feel of an object and its temperature are interpreted by the same region of the brain, a new study by researchers at the MDC and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin has shown. The research, published in Nature Neuroscience, reveals details of […]

That was the Long Night of Science 2015 on Campus Buch

Sun, rain, thunder and lightning – the Long Night of Sciences was pretty diverse and not just from a meteorological perspective. The Campus Buch offered a variety of spectacular experiments, tours and events for the whole family. Beating heart cells in a dish, fluorescent worms, cells under the smartphone microscope and a crime scene investigation […]

From sequencing DNA to sequencing life

Whoever invented the term Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) wasn’t making things easy for whoever has to name its successor – what would you call the next next generation of sequencing technology? The field continues to develop at a rapid pace, says Wei Chen, who heads the Genomics platform at the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB). […]

The world of protein crystals – How scientists of the MDC make the molecular world visible

The small  crystals are shimmering under the microscope. As beautiful as they look, they won’t disclose their secrets on first sight. Technically they consist of millions of little protein molecules that are so tiny, even the highest resolution light microscopes fail to make them visible. But in order to understand how proteins work in the […]

Speakers’ Corner at the Long Night of Sciences: “Stay Critical”

For this years’ Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (Long Night of Sciences) we are giving critical thinking the stage. On Saturday 13th June, in front of the MDC Communications building, five scientists from our research campus will take the microphone under the motto “Bleiben Sie kritisch” (“Stay Critical”) and reveal the truth behind the headlines. Short […]

Comprehensive new map helps understanding of gene regulation by microRNAs

All the cells in our bodies, be they nerve or kidney cells, blood or skin cells, carry the same genetic information. And yet they all differ considerably. This is because different genes are transcribed in each cell type. In recent years, scientists have found a new class of molecules, so-called “microRNAs,” that play a crucial […]

The fire alarm

How to organize a spontaneous scientific conference, in 27 easy steps. It was a sunny morning in mid-May, the S-Bahn wasn’t on strike, the air was thick with the scent of lilacs and millions of allergens and the songs of birds who hadn’t yet figured out how to find partners on-line. A perfect day for […]

“The rulers of the world – How microbes influence our lives” – Interview with book author Bernhard Kegel

After excursions into the realm of urban wildlife and acclaimed science fiction, the biologist and popular science writer Dr. Bernhard Kegel has dedicated in his latest nonfiction book to microbes – the bacteria, fungi and other unicellular organisms that shape our lives. For the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (Long Night of Sciences) on 13 June […]

Modified T cells fight cancer

When a person is suffering from cancer, conventional treatments like radio- and chemotherapy or surgical interventions are often not sufficient as cures or a means of improving the prognosis. However, in recent years researchers have been placing high hopes on a new form of treatment to fight cancer: immunotherapy. This approach is revolutionary because it […]