The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association carries out basic biomedical research. We try to understand the causes of diseases at the molecular level, in order to better diagnose, treat and prevent them. Our aim is to transfer our findings as quickly as possible into practical applications.

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Research Highlights

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Following the leader

Cells compete to lead the tip of growing blood vessels, a team of European and American scientists has discovered. Their study, published recently in Nature Communications, also revealed how the leading cell is chosen.

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Mice with a cool touch

The feel of an object and its temperature are interpreted by the same region of the brain, a new study by researchers at the MDC and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin has shown. The research, published in Nature Neuroscience, reveals details of how we detect small changes in temperature and provides a mechanism to explain the illusion known as Weber's effect.

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