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Latest Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt Stories

2011-04-04 08:05:21

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ Turns out our sensitivity to seeing in color is not only due to cone cells in the retina, but also through the thyroid gland by controlling which visual pigment is produced in the cones. Research conducted on mice and rats has revealed that the production of visual pigment present in mature cones is regulated by the thyroid hormone. The team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt/M., along with colleagues at the University of...

2010-04-15 13:09:18

Cultured cells in microfluidic chambers enable systematic experiments at the synapse In order to be able to understand complex organs such as the brain or the nervous system, simplified model systems are required. A group of scientists led by the Frankfurt brain researcher Erin Schuman has successfully developed a novel method to grow cultured neurons in order to investigate basic mechanisms of memory. The researchers grew two separate populations of neurons in microfluidic platforms. These...

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2010-03-11 13:49:38

The human brain processes predictable sensory input in a particularly efficient manner It turns out that there is a striking similarity between how the human brain determines what is going on in the outside world and the job of scientists. Good science involves formulating a hypothesis and testing whether this hypothesis is compatible with the scientist's observations. Researchers in the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt together with the University of Glasgow have shown...

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2009-04-21 08:00:00

The photoreceptor cells in the retinas of nocturnal mammals have a unique nuclear organisation and act as light-guiding micro-lenses. This improves nocturnal visionThe DNA of a mammalian cell is about two metres long if all base pairs were aligned in one string. To fit this genetic material in a nucleus of only a few microns diameter, the DNA is wrapped around millions of so-called histon proteins that are arranged like pearls on a string, leading to a 10,000-fold compaction of the DNA. This...