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Archives for November 2016
Some proteins behave in an unusual way: the older they become, the more stable they are. This is what Erik McShane found out, this year’s winner of the annual PhD Prize Award.
Dr Irene Coin applies chemical knowledge to biological problems, revealing structural information about proteins. At the MDC Alumni Talks and Career Pathways lecture series she spoke about her work and described how human elements can be the secret to the best scientific relationships.
Scientists of the International Human Epigenome Consortium released a collection of 41 publications in high-impact journals. MDC group leader Prof. Nikolaus Rajewsky contributed as a researcher and member of the German Epigenome Program.
A new study has discovered that gene mutations in a protein called titin affect the heart function in healthy individuals. It was previously thought that the mutations affect only patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, one of the most common forms of inherited heart disease.
Venturing into one of the new big topics in RNA biology, the circRTrain network of eight scientific experts from Europe and Israel will be coordinated by Nikolaus Rajewsky.
Dr. Matthias Leisegang is the recipient of this year’s Curt Meyer Memorial Prize for his research work into analysing cancer mutations as a target in adoptive T-cell therapy. His work will allow the development of a patient-specific immunotherapy that fights cancer in a targeted way.
Michel C. Nussenzweig of The Rockefeller University held the third MDC Lecture in Berlin on November 3, 2016. Entitled “The HIV Problem”, the lecture included details of his previous findings and developments in the search for effective drugs against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Dr. Roland F. Schwarz of the MDC conducts research on tumors using bioinformatics. He has just been awarded the Prize of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), donated by the Monika Kutzner Foundation for the Advancement of Cancer Research, for his outstanding work.
Klaus Rajewsky, one of the world’s most influential scientists in the fields of genetics and immunology and a researcher at the MDC, turns 80 on November 12, 2016.