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When we drink little, we produce less urine. But how is this process regulated? An international team of scientists led by Prof. Kai Schmidt-Ott of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) has now shed light on how the kidneys concentrate urine.
Huntington’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease without a cure. It is always fatal. The disease is caused by a defect in the Huntingtin gene. Scientists recently discovered a natural mechanism, which not only suppresses the build-up of pathogenic amyloid fibrils but also disaggregates them.
Philipp Wahle of the lab of Robert Zinzen developed a highly resolved virtual model of a fly embryo, which shows which genes are active in which cell. He received the MDC PhD Prize at the annual Graduate Ceremony on November 24, 2017 for the paper in which he published these results. Two second-place publications were awarded […]
Why does it take so long for new therapies to emerge from basic research? This is a question that researchers at the MDC and beyond encounter frequently. For us it was also the starting point for a film – and food for thought about the value of basic research.
With the Helmholtz Validation Fund, the Helmholtz Association supports projects that are particularly promising in translating research findings into viable commercial applications. Among the seven projects chosen for funding this year is a project from the MDC.
The world’s largest study into allergies has shown that the genetic risk factors for atopic dermatitis (eczema), hay fever, and asthma are generally inherited together. The findings of this study by a consortium of researchers, including research groups from the MDC and Charité, have now been published in Nature Genetics.
The Landthaler lab at the MDC and their collaborators discover that a herpes virus triggers the production of over 1,000 “antisense” transcripts in the genomes of cells it infects – hinting at a new mechanism by which viruses overcome cellular defenses.
Nature study shows: Salt reduces lactic acid bacteria in the gut whichs influences immune cells responsible for autoimmune diseases and hypertension. Probiotics ameliorate the symptoms in mice.
One of the causes of heart failure is the formation of excess connective tissue. An international team of researchers has discovered a specific treatment approach involving the signaling molecule interleukin 11. Their findings have now been published in the journal Nature.