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Two Mouths For One Worm
2013-11-07 11:58:54

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft A devious evolutionary path between genetics and environment Depending on the environment in which the worm grows, the larva of the roundworm Pristionchus pacificus develops into either a wide-mouthed predator or a narrow-mouthed bacteria eater. A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Tübingen, Germany, headed by Ralf J. Sommer have now discovered a developmental biological switch that determines the worm's mouth form....

Newly Discovered Threadworm Named After Physicist Max Planck
2013-07-09 10:20:19

Max Planck Institute An unusual posthumous honor for physicist Max Planck: Biologists in Tubingen working with Ralf J. Sommer have named a newly discovered nematode after the German Nobel laureate. Pristionchus maxplancki is thus the first species to carry the name of the scientist, who died in 1947. The discovery from the Far East is assisting the researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology to attain new insights and knowledge about the many interdependencies between...

2012-01-18 21:39:36

You´re driving from work to pick up your kids at school. The drive is familiar; you´ve done it almost every day for years. But how do you know in which direction the school is from your home? Landmarks? The sun? Animal instinct?  Now, a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal published by the Association for Psychological Science, yields an alternative answer that surprised even its authors, Julia Frankenstein, Betty J. Mohler, Heinrich H....

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2010-07-01 10:55:00

Max Planck researchers have uncovered an ingenious evolutionary trick: a signaling chain is allocated several functions, enabling optimal adaptation to environmental conditions Dramatic scenes are played out under Ralf Sommer's microscope: his research object, the roundworm Pristionchus pacificus, bites another worm, tears open a hole in its side and devours the oozing contents. The squirming victim does not stand a chance in this duel: Caenorhabditis elegans may be a close relative of...

2008-07-23 03:00:00

By Dahm, Ralf Few remember the man who discovered the "molecule of life" three- quarters of a century before Watson and Crick revealed its structure On February 26, 1869, in the old university town of Tubingen in southwest Germany, the young Swiss doctor Friedrich Miescher, who had settled there only a few months earlier, completed a letter to his uncle in which he described a momentous discovery. He had found a substance that he was certain resided in the cell nucleus and which differed in...


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