Research Highlight @en

A broken tool and broken hearts

The analysis of the human genome showed that our DNA contains fewer genes than most scientists expected – and that most are more like archipelagoes than compact islands. A gene’s sequence usually contains several protein-encoding segments, called exons, which are separated by long, non-coding sequences called introns. These have to be removed to create a […]

The search for the VRAC

How do cells reduce their volume? This question has teased biologists for decades. After four years of work, Thomas Jentsch’s group has come up with an answer. Together with the Screening Unit, a technology platform jointly run by our neighboring institute, the FMP, and the MDC, the group identified a single gene of previously unknown function […]