Science can require roundabout methods and can hold many surprises – and science usually takes a very long time. All of this should be clear to anyone who’s been following coronavirus research. Our research teams are familiar with this from their own experience: It took more than four decades before MDC researchers could prove that a genetic alteration causes a certain form of hereditary hypertension. And the role of the ApoE4 protein has long attracted the attention of Alzheimer's researchers. Now, our very own Thomas Willnow has discovered why ApoE4 damages the brain. Michael Gotthardt, on the other hand, got quite a surprise when he studied proteins in the basic contractile unit of muscle cells, the so-called sarcomere.
Advances in basic medical research not only take place in the lab, but also with the help of artificial intelligence, a fact well demonstrated by three people – Jana Wolf, Laleh Haghverdi und Jan Philipp Junker – whom we profile in this newsletter.
That’s all we want to reveal for now. We wish you a thought-provoking read! And if you’re planning to take a trip or to spend your holiday at home, we have an exciting book recommendation for you – this time from Udo Heinemann, head of the Macromolecular Structure and Interaction Lab and Ombudsperson for Good Scientific Practice.
Your MDC Insights Team
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