Bound for the Luxemburg Institute of Health, Gunnar Dittmar took a few minutes to look back on eight years as head of the Proteomics Core Facility at the MDC and BIH, and to discuss the near future of one of molecular biology’s most important tools.
Archives for September 2016
How is our genome maintained and repaired? It’s a crucial question – a number of genetic diseases and cancers can be traced to defects in the cellular mechanisms that repair DNA damage. The conference “Frontiers in DNA Repair,” organized by MDC scientist Dr. Michela Di Virgilio, recently brought leading researchers on the topic to Berlin to discuss the latest developments in the field.
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Worms have no teeth and they do not wear braces. So why does MDC researcher Andreas Ofenbauer need dental silicone when working with these little critters? Here is the explanation …
Resveratrol, a compound found in red grapes, is famous for its potential health benefits. This is due to pro-oxidative effects, which promote the formation of free radicals and targeted cell reprogramming to protect against stress. Scientists from the MDC demonstrated this with experiments on human skin cells.
This year’s winner of the award for the best doctoral thesis in the field of Health is Véronique Gebala, a recent graduate from the MDC. Veronique and five other PhD students have been presented the PhD prize at the annual meeting of the Helmholtz Association on Sept. 22 in Berlin.
Berlin-based artist Fritz Balthaus has won the “Kunst am Bau” two-stage open public art competition organized by the MDC and Charité. His work “kunstnest” (“art/artificial nest”) accompanies the construction of three new buildings on the Berlin-Buch research campus.
A high-ranking Cuban delegation, headed by deputy health minister Dr. Alfredo Gonzalez Lorenzo, has just paid a visit to the MDC. The eight members of the delegation, who come from the fields of health policy, genetic research and tumor biology, as well as BioCubaFarma, an association of pharmaceutical and biotechnical companies, found out more about the structure and focus of the work carried out by the MDC and the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology (FMP), and visited the BiotechPark at Berlin-Buch.
Microbiologist and biochemist Prof. Emanuelle Charpentier gave the Elena Timoféeff-Ressovsky Lecture at the MDC, presenting her famous discovery, the CRISPR-Cas system. This molecular tool can accurately process genetic material is used by researchers worldwide.
Proteins perform so many vital tasks that without them, our bodies wouldn’t function. In producing these molecules cells make a remarkable number of mistakes: about one third of all newly synthesized proteins are defective. A failure to recognize and eliminate them can lead to severe diseases. A team led by Prof. Thomas Sommer at the MDC has now gained new insights into the complex process of protein quality control in the cell.