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Latest Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt Stories

2011-04-04 08:05:21

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.

2010-04-15 13:09:18

Cultured cells in microfluidic chambers enable systematic experiments at the synapse.

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2010-03-11 13:49:38

The human brain processes predictable sensory input in a particularly efficient manner.

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2009-04-21 08:00:00

The 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.


Word of the Day
prosopography
  • a study of the individuals in a group of people within a specific context and their relationships.
  • In rhetoric, the description of any one's personal appearance.
The word 'prosopography' comes from a Latin word meaning 'description of a person’s appearance' from Greek roots meaning 'face' or 'person' and 'writing'.