MDC Newsletter 06 / 2019: Live and survive

Nördliches Breitmaulnashorn: Najin und Fatu

Dear reader,

Sudan is dead. The last male northern white rhino died on 19 March 2018. It was a sad day for species conservation - and a day that motivated many scientists worldwide. Two cows of the fascinating pachyderm species still live in Kenya, but both females are infertile. The international research team, which also includes our stem cell expert Sebastian Diecke and colleagues from the Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, are now working hard to use reproduction technologies and stem cells to ensure the survival of the animals.

The highveld mole-rat, on the other hand, is particularly resistant: neither the hot taste of wasabi nor ant poison can impress it, as Gary Lewin and his team have found out. Maybe with these findings we can learn something about human pain.

Anyway, we've learned a lot in the past few weeks: We look back on the very well-attended Long Night of Sciences, the Brain Tumor Meeting, and the Postdoc Day. And you can see how an oncologist creates paintings using DNA for an exhibition.

We will say goodbye in order to take a little summer break and will be back at the end of August.

We wish you a nice summer
Your Insights-Team