The RSPCA and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) are bringing together experts from 16 countries to reduce the number of lab animals experiencing severe suffering.
Archives for October 2017
Where proteins are localized within a cell is crucial to their proper function, especially in cells like neurons. It affects neuronal development and even learning and memory. A research team led by Marina Chekulaeva has for the first time systematically analyzed how this localization comes about. Their article appeared in Nature Communications.
What role do genes play in egg, milk, and nut allergies? A study published in Nature Communications, led by the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, has found five genetic risk loci that point to the importance of skin and mucous membrane barriers and the immune system in the development of food allergies.
The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin is participating as a research partner in the Human Cell Atlas (HCA). The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has now announced that it will provide financial support for the HCA’s sub-project “Towards a Human Cardiac Cell Atlas.”
The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) is one of six Helmholtz Centres that has joined forces with the Helmholtz Association, the Einstein Center Digital Future, and Berlin’s universities to create a new PhD program in data science. The international graduate school HEIBRiDS will receive €6 million in funding.
For many obese people gaining weight is a vicious cycle. Scientists at the MDC have now uncovered a contributing factor: genetic variants linked to obesity cause the brain to produce too much of a protein called Cadm1. The result is a disruption in the regulation of body weight and changes in behavior and metabolism, as reported by Matthew Poy and his colleagues in Nature Neuroscience.
Preeclampsia, the most dangerous form of hypertension during a pregnancy is known to originate in the placenta, but the root causes remain a mystery. MDC researchers recently revealed that epigenetically regulated genes play an important role in the disease.
The BIH, the Charité, the MDC and Sanofi, Germany signed a joint research framework agreement in Berlin. In the future, the institutions will work together closely on the development of novel therapies for various diseases.