Newsletter 09/17: Life at its beginning, careers and theater

Dear Reader,

During the summer break, a lot has happened in the MDC labs. Norbert Hübner and his team, for example, compared the transcriptome of healthy and dilated hearts and uncovered new risk genes for inherited heart failure. The researchers obtained patient samples during heart transplants – a great way to spare patients additional risks from biopsies while at the same time collecting valuable research material.

Whether it’s an examination of the heart or a virtual experiment on a fly embryo, computers collect and analyze experimental data. Will the results, however, be reproducible anywhere in the world, regardless of the computational environment? A software named Guix – which is being co-developed at the MDC – is attempting to solve this very problem.

In our new “save the date” section we present selected events at the MDC. Are you a PhD student or a postdoc in the life sciences? Then you are probably interested in different career pathways. Our MDC Career Day on October 17 is a great opportunity to learn about a career in industry and beyond.

Enjoy reading,
Your MDC Insights Team

PS: Check out or recently published Research Report for more information on science at the MDC.