News from the Göttingen Campus

On Earth, bacteria produce the rare trace gas. Newly evaluated measurement data provide no evidence that it is present in our inhospitable neighboring planet.
Measurement data from the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii and the ALMA radio telescope in Chile, published a year ago, contain no evidence of the trace gas phosphine in the clouds of Venus. This is the conclusion of an international team of researchers, including a scientist from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Göttingen, who have now carefully examined the measurement data. Their analysis is a contribution to…
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Both were honored for their exceptional contributions to physiological sciences.
“I feel very honored that the IUPS has selected me as an Honorary Fellow,” says Hell, Director of the Department of NanoBiophotonics. Emeritus Director Neher, head of the Emeritus Group of Membrane Biophysics, adds, “I was Vice President of the IUPS in the late 1980s and I still feel very connected to the society, so I am particularly pleased by this recognition.” In addition to Hell and Neher, Nobel laureate Peter C. Agre of the Johns Hopkins…
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The campaign initiated by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and Tierversuche verstehen advocates for transparent information and open communication about animal experiments in research. The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen is one of the first 53 research institutions to sign the campaign.
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation) and the information platform Tierversuche verstehen (Understanding Animal Research) of the Alliance of Scientific Organizations in Germany launched their Transparency Agreement for Transparent Information about animal research in Germany on July 1, 2021. In this initiative, research institutions from the field of life sciences agree to actively inform about animal experiments, to…
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Behavioral study on common marmosets provides new insights into the evolution of language
Language distinguishes us humans; we learn it through experience and social interactions. Especially in the first year of life, human vocalizations change dramatically, becoming more and more language-like. In our closest relatives, non-human primates, language development was previously thought to be largely predetermined and completed within the first few weeks after birth. In a behavioral study now published, researchers from the German…
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Göttingen University researchers investigate special properties of protein structures
The cells that make up our bodies are constantly exposed to a wide variety of mechanical stresses. For example, the heart and lungs have to withstand lifelong expansion and contraction, our skin has to be as resistant to tearing as possible whilst retaining its elasticity, and immune cells are very squashy so that they can move through the body. Special protein structures, known as “intermediate filaments”, play an important role in these…
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Research team investigates influence of different mass-flowering crops on pollinators
Mass-flowering crops such as oilseed rape or faba bean (also known as broad bean) provide valuable sources of food for bees, which, in turn, contribute to the pollination of both the crops and nearby wild plants when they visit. But not every arable crop that produces flowers is visited by the same bees. A team from the University of Göttingen and the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) in Braunschweig has investigated how the habitat diversity of the…
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Göttingen University researchers investigate the spread of weighing systems across Western Eurasia 4,000 years ago
Knowing the weight of a commodity provides an objective way to value goods in the marketplace. But did a self-regulating market even exist in the Bronze Age? And what can weight systems tell us about this? A team of researchers from the University of Göttingen researched this by investigating the dissemination of weight systems throughout Western Eurasia. Their new simulation indicates that the interaction of merchants, even without substantial…
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New Max Planck Institute of Multidisciplinary Sciences combines natural sciences and basic medical research
The Max Planck Institutes (MPI) for Biophysical Chemistry and for Experimental Medicine will merge. The decision-making bodies of the Max Planck Society (MPS) approved the plan submitted by the two institutes on March 12. Formally, both institutions will be closed and a new MPI will be founded, keeping the existing Göttingen sites in Hermann-Rein-Straße and at Faßberg. The future institute will bring together natural science and basic medical…
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German Research Foundation funds new project at the University of Göttingen
The initial spread of the coronavirus in India led to the introduction of a national lockdown in March 2020. After the first wave of the pandemic had subsided and a nationwide vaccination campaign had begun, a mutation of the virus in the spring of 2021 caused infection and mortality rates to rise steeply again. The previous stages of the pandemic had led to severe social upheaval, the most visible sign of which was the return of hundreds of…
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Research led by Göttingen University shows constructing microscope improves children’s understanding
Microscopy is an essential tool in many fields of science and medicine. However, many groups have limited access to this technology due to its cost and fragility. Now, researchers from the Universities of Göttingen and Münster have succeeded in building a high-resolution microscope using nothing more than children’s plastic building bricks and affordable parts from a mobile phone. They then went on to show that children aged 9-13 had…
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