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Zebrafish Larva Eye Distinguishes Between Prey and Predator

September 18, 2014

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Eye of Zebrafish Larva Distinguishes Between Prey and Predator

A new study from the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research reveals how the eye of a zebrafish larva can already distinguish between prey and predator. Red or green? Small or large? Fast or slow? Humans and animals rely on their visual organs to classify objects in their environment. Decisions about how we best respond […]

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New PhenIX Diagnostic Procedure Identifies Genetic Diseases

September 16, 2014

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New Diagnostic Method Identifies Genetic Diseases

A team of scientists has developed a test procedure that significantly increases the prospect of identifying genetic diseases quickly and reliably based on analyses of genes and symptoms. People with genetic diseases often have to embark on an odyssey from one doctor to the next. Fewer than half of all patients who are suspected of […]

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High-Resolution Images Reveal Surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

September 11, 2014

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Surface Map of Comet 67P

High-Resolution images taken by OSIRIS reveal a detailed scientific description of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. High-resolution images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko reveal a unique, multifaceted world. ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft arrived at its destination about a month ago and is currently accompanying the comet as it progresses on its route toward the inner solar system. Scientists […]

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Scientists Uncover How Beautiful Color Patterns Develop in Zebrafish

September 2, 2014

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Scientists Uncover How Beautiful Color Patterns Can Develop in Animals

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute have discovered how pigment cells arise and interact to form the ‘zebra’ pattern in zebrafish. The zebrafish, a small fresh water fish, owes its name to a striking pattern of blue stripes alternating with golden stripes. Three major pigment cell types, black cells, reflective silvery cells, and yellow cells […]

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A New Treatment Approach for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease

August 26, 2014

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Potential Therapy for Charcot Marie Tooth Disease

A team of scientists from the Department of Neurogenetics at the Max Planck Institute and University Medical Center Göttingen has discovered a new treatment approach for the hereditary neurological disorder Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A is the most common inherited disease affecting the peripheral nervous system. Researchers from the Department of Neurogenetics […]

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LOFAR Observes Cosmic Particles and Magnetic Fields in Galaxy M51

August 21, 2014

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LOFAR Observes Cosmic Particles in Galaxy M51

Using the LOFAR High Frequency Antennas, a team of researchers has observed cosmic particles and magnetic fields in spiral galaxy M51. The object Messier 51 (M51), seen from a distance of approximately 30 million light years, is also referred to as the whirlpool galaxy because of its appearance. The ‘whirlpool’ appears almost face-on and displays […]

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Study Reveals Two Dynamos Drive Jupiter’s Magnetic Field

August 20, 2014

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Research Shows Two Dynamos Drive Jupiters Magnetic Feld

With the aid of the computer simulations, a team of scientists has now succeeded in explaining the origin of the magnetic field deep inside Jupiter. Superlatives are the trademark of the planet Jupiter. The magnetic field at the top edge of the cloud surrounding the largest member of the solar system is around ten times […]

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The Prospects for the Development of Clean Fuels Are Improving

August 20, 2014

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The Development of Clean Fuels Based on Water and Sunlight are Improving

New insights into the details of photosynthetic water splitting have provided a blueprint for synthetic systems that could store sunlight energy in chemical energy carriers. Society’s energy supply problems could be solved in the future using a model adopted from nature. During photosynthesis, plants, algae and some species of bacteria produce sugars and other energy-rich […]

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Single Factor Can Reset the Immune System Back 500 Million Years

August 18, 2014

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Single Factor Can Reset the Immune System Back to What it Was 500 Million Years Ago

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute reveal that a single factor can reset the immune system of mice to a state likely similar to what it was 500 million years ago, when the first vertebrates emerged. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) in Freiburg re-activated expression of an ancient gene, […]

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Max Planck Researchers Discover New Weapon of the Immune System

August 14, 2014

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Scientists Discover New Immune System Weapon

Scientists have identified a previously unknown component of the immune system, discovering that bacterial virulence factors can not only be neutralized by antibodies, but they can also be directly destroyed by them. Max Planck researchers have discovered a completely new way in which the immune system recognizes pathogens. The aryl hydrocarbon receptor has long been […]

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Scientists Discover Method of Using Cost-Effective Biocatalysts in Fuel Cells

August 14, 2014

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Using Cost Effective Biocatalysts in Fuel Cells

Scientists at the Center for Electrochemical Sciences and the Max Planck Institute have discovered a way of using cost-effective biocatalysts in fuel cells, a step forward to using hydrogen to generate electricity. In the future, it could be more economical and environmentally friendly to use hydrogen to generate electricity. Scientists at the Center for Electrochemical […]

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Neurobiologists Examine Insular Cortex, Could Play an Important Role in Autism

August 13, 2014

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New Research Could Lead to Therapeutic Strategies for Autism

Scientists from Harvard University and the Max-Planck Institute unravel a neural circuit that could play an important role in autism. The insular cortex is an integral “hub”, combining sensory, emotional and cognitive content. Not surprisingly, alterations in insular structure and function have been reported in many psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety disorders, depression, addiction and […]

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