Life sciences

  • Artificially Produced Cells Communicate with Each Other: Models of Life

    First author Aurore Dupin and Prof. Friedrich Simmel at the fluorescence microscope. Image: U. Benz / TUM

    Friedrich Simmel und Aurore Dupin, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), have for the first time created artificial cell assemblies that can communicate with each other. The cells, separated by fatty membranes, exchange small chemical signaling molecules to trigger more complex reactions, such as the production of RNA and other proteins. Scientists around the world are working on creating artificial, cell-like systems that mimic the behavior of living organisms. 

  • Call for Abstracts – The Molecular Basis of Life

    GBM Conference "Molecular Basis of Life"

    The international fall conference of the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) will take place from Sunday, September 24th to Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.

    The (German) Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie, GBM) is the association of about 5300 scientists working in the field of Molecular Life Sciences. Most members of the GBM are German scientists from universities, industry and other research institutions, covering the entire spectrum of basic and applied Molecular Life Sciences.
    The aim of the GBM is to promote basic and applied research as well as education in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology and molecular medicine.

  • Immune cells derived from specialised progenitors

    In the lab (from left): Prof. Dr. Joachim Schultze, Patrick Günther and Dr. Andreas Schlitzer from LIMES-Institute at University of Bonn. © Foto: Volker Lannert/Uni Bonn

    Dendritic cells are gatekeepers of Immunity. Up to now dendritic cell subtypes were thought to develop from one common progenitor. Now, in a joint effort, researchers from A*STAR Singapore Immunology Network, LIMES-Institute and cluster of excellence ImmunoSensation from University of Bonn and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases were able to show with single cell resolution that this important component of the human immune system develops from specialized progenitors. These findings are now published in “Science” and have implications for the development and optimization of vaccines.

  • New High-Performance Center Translational Medical Engineering

    Gabriele Heinen-Kljajić, Minister for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, (1. l.) and Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (4. l.), have opened the High-Performance Center. Photo: Ralf Mohr; Fraunhofer ITEM

    Together with representatives from industry, government and academia, Dr. Gabriele Heinen-Kljajić, Minister for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, and Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft inaugurated the High-Performance Center Translational Biomedical Engineering in Hannover on April 25. The new Center is aimed at bringing medical devices from the lab into phase I of clinical development. The focus is on active implants – i.e. electrical stimulation systems such as cochlear and retinal implants – and technological solutions for inhaled drug delivery. The latter are systematically developed towards smart drug/device combination products.

  • Physik fürs „Leben“ : Innovationen in Medizin und Life Sciences - Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft schlägt Brücke zwischen Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft

    Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft

    „The real challenge in innovation is not invention – coming up with good ideas – but in making them work technically and commercially.” (T.A. Edison). Unter diesem Motto fand die DPG- Arbeitstagung Forschung – Entwicklung – Innovation XLI vom 6. November 2016 bis zum 8. November im Physikzentrum Bad Honnef statt. Das Schwerpunktthema in diesem Jahr lautete Physik fürs „Leben“ –Innovationen in Medizin und Life Sciences.