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Max Planck Campus Tübingen

Scientists at the Max Planck Campus in Tübingen are studying elementary biological processes ranging from the function of individual proteins to the evolution of species diversity, as well as the function of the human brain. In total, about 700 people from over 45 different countries work at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, the Opens external link in current windowMax Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory. The Max Planck Guesthouse is the social centre of the Campus: it contains a cafeteria, library, lecture hall and accommodation. The Planckton nursery provides full-time daycare for babies and toddlers.

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Strongyloides papillosus free-living female, approx. 1 mm long (Credit: A.Streit/ Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology) 
Strongyloides papillosus parasitic female, approx. 5 mm long (Credit: A.Streit/ Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology)

Scientists identify genes that cause the parasitism in a group of intestinal worms

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Prof. Klaus Scheffler, Leiter der Abteilung Hochfeld-Magnetresonanz am MPI für biologische Kybernetik (C)Joeg Abendroth / Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik, Tübingen

Klaus Scheffler erhält eine Förderung der Alzheimer Forschung Initiative e.V.

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Comparison of four breeding methodologies. Conventional breeding mainly relies on hybridation between a donor and a recipient line. The progeny is selected for the desired characteristic. To remove unwanted traits from donor plant, the best line of the progeny is obtained by backcrossing with recipient line. Transgenesis is the genetic modification of a recipient line with genes from other species which are sexually incompatible with the recipient plant. Cisgenesis is the genetic modification of a recipient plant transformed with a natural gene for a crossable plant. Genome editing is a type of genetic engineering in which DNA is directly inserted, replaced, or removed from a genome using engineered nucleases, the so called "molecular scissors", to obtain a desirable trait. BCn, backcross n generation; trans-GMO, transgenic-Genetically Modified Organism; cis-GMO, cisgenic-Genetically Modified Organism; GEC, genome-edited crops.(Copyright: Sanwen Huang/ Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences)

International group of scientists calls for common sense in the application of high-precision genome-editing methods

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