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July 15th, 2016

Johanna Wanka visits Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing


What happens in our cell when we age? How do diseases like Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and cancer develop and what is the molecular basis of it? The Federal Minister for Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, visits on her second day of her summer tour the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing and gets an insight into current research examining these questions.

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July 13th, 2016

Stem cells feel the force


Three-dimensional picture of the nucleus (in blue) of skin stem cells. The organisation of the chromosomes (in red and green) changes dramatically before (left) and after (right) stretching.

Stem cells feel and respond to external mechanical forces. This finding was reported by a research group led by Sara Wickström, Max Planck Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne. They do this by changing the way DNA is organized in the nucleus, and thereby the expression of genes that are required for stem cell differentiation.

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June 06th, 2016

Christian Kukat presented with "Emerging Leader" award


International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC) awards leader of core facility with young talent award.

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