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Matthias Mann nominated for European Inventor Award 2019

June 17, 2019
The European Patent Office has nominated scientist Matthias Mann from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry as one of the three finalists in the field of research. The Inventors' Award is presented in five categories to individual inventors and teams whose developments contribute to finding technological solutions to the most important challenges of our time. The winners will be awarded on June 20, 2019 in Vienna. [more]
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Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research for F.-Ulrich Hartl

June 03, 2019
F.-Ulrich Hartl, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, and Arthur Horwich of Yale School of Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute were named winners of the 2019 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research. Selected by an independent committee of world-renowned scientists, Hartl and Horwich won for their revolutionary insights into chaperone-mediated protein folding. Hartl expresses his delight to have been selected as one of the winners of the Dr. Paul Janssen Award. “This is a fantastic honor and recognition of the work of my laboratory”, he says. The award includes a $200,000 prize and will be presented at ceremonies in the USA and Belgium in September. [more]
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Learning from spectral experience

May 27, 2019
The protein composition of cells depends on the cells’ function and current condition. Mass spectrometry (MS) can determine the identity and quantity of the proteins found in a sample. However, the data analysis of this method is time- and resource-intensive. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) have collaborated with data science specialists from Verily in the USA to develop a machine learning approach – continuously self-improving algorithms – to facilitate the analysis of mass spectrometry data. Their results, which simplify MS applications and also led to the discovery of new chemical patterns in proteins, are published in the journal Nature Methods. [more]
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Brenda Schulman receives Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine 2019

May 23, 2019
Brenda Schulman, head of the department "Molecular Machines and Signaling" at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried, receives the Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine 2019 together with the neurobiologist Gary R. Lewin from Berlin. The prize money of 300,000 euros is shared equally. Brenda Schulman receives the award in recognition and continuation of her groundbreaking work on the mechanisms of ubiquitin transfer at the atomic level. The Ernst Jung Prize will be awarded today in Hamburg. [more]
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Messenger RNA – Measured and Trimmed to Size

May 20, 2019
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry reveal the structure of a ribonucleotide-trimming machinery with a central role in cell biology. [more]
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Metabolic changes of stromal cells promote ovarian cancer metastasis

May 01, 2019
Study focused on cancer-associated fibroblasts by researchers from Germany and USA exposes new tumor targets. [more]
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Tiny ‘blinkers’ enable simultaneous imaging of multiple biomolecules

March 13, 2019
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry facilitate investigation of multiple targets using super-resolution microscopy. [more]
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