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Protein Injections in Medicine

December 13, 2019

Pathogens can use a range of toxins to damage their host organism. Bacteria, such as those responsible for causing the deadly Plague, use a special injection mechanism to deliver their poisonous contents into the host cell.Stefan Raunser, Director at ...

Max Planck teams successful at ERC Synergy Grants

October 28, 2019

Five researchers from the Max Planck Society and their colleagues from other institutions have each won one of the highly endowed Synergy Grants of the European Research Council ERC. A total of 37 applications were approved across Europe.

Max Planck Scientists Awarded Millions for Muscle Research

October 22, 2019

Max Planck scientists Stefan Raunser (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, Dortmund) and Dirk Görlich (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen) together with Mathias Gautel from King's College London, and Dr. Frank ...

Weak point in pathogenic bacteria

October 04, 2019

Antibiotics are still the most important weapon to fight bacterial infections. However, medicine is running out of ammunition due to increasing resistance. It is therefore urgently necessary to find new targets in pathogenic bacteria. One approach to ...

Gatekeeper for poison capsule

November 06, 2018

Bacteria have established various strategies to infect organisms and use them as sources of nutrients. Many microbes use toxins that break down membranes by simply piercing through the outer shell of the cells. Human-pathogenic bacteria such as the ...

Inspiring new drug discovery by pseudo natural products

October 30, 2018

Almost a third of the available pharmaceuticals is based on natural products. The discovery of new natural products-inspired drugs however, is slow due to their limited chemical diversity, their high chemical complexity and the resulting low yields ...

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