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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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Towards a blood test for early-stage liver disease

March 01, 2019
Researchers from Germany and Denmark uncovered a set of proteins that are enriched in pre-symptomatic non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. [more]
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Jürgen Cox receives Gilbert S. Omenn Computational Proteomics Award

January 29, 2019
Jürgen Cox, head of the research group „Computational Systems Biochemistry“ at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich receives the Gilbert S. Omenn Computational Proteomics Award 2019. This award acknowledges the specific achievements of scientists that have developed bioinformatics, computational and statistical methods or software used by the proteomics community. Cox and his team developed the software platforms MaxQuant and Perseus. “The developments in this field are impressive and computational approaches are important to reach the goals in the proteomic analysis. I am very proud to receive the prize”, says Cox. The Prize will be awarded at the US Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) Conference in Washington DC, USA, in March. [more]
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