MPI-CE_Beewolves have been successfully using the same antibiotics for 68 million years
The discovery of penicillin about 90 years ago and the widespread introduction of antibiotics to combat infectious diseases have revolutionized human medicine. However, in recent decades, the increase in multidrug-resistant pathogens has confronted modern medicine with massive problems. Insects have their own antibiotics, which provide natural protection against germs. A team of scientists from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena have now found that beewolves, unlike humans, do not face the problem of antibiotic resistant pathogens. These insects team up with symbiotic bacteria which produce an antibiotic cocktail of up to 45 different substances within a single species to protect their offspring against mold fungi. The researchers not only discovered that the number of antibiotic substances is much higher than previously thought, they also proved that the cocktail has remained surprisingly stable since the symbiosis emerged, about 68 million years ago (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, February 2018). more...
FLI_Cancer or degenerative deseases? One out of the two is likely to be our cause of death when we get older
Above the age of 50, the most likely causes of death are cancer and degenerative diseases such as heart failure, dementia or diabetes. Since life expectancy has been considerably growing over the last 150 years, the frequency of age-specific diseases has also been on the rise. While death due to cancer is most prevalent among the 60 year olds, its contribution to total mortality declines at more advanced ages, while degenerative diseases are on the rise up to the oldest age groups. Why does this occur and can this shift in cause of death be at least partially explained by studying the molecular alterations that occur as we get older and compare them to the molecular signatures of each of these diseases? To address this question, a large-scale international collaborative effort involving research teams from Kiel and Jena, Germany, and from Maryland, USA, led by Professor Christoph Kaleta investigated to which extent conserved age-related changes in the activity of genes are connected to changes observed in aging diseases. Results from their study have now been published in the scientific journal Nature Communicationsmore...
MPI-BGC_New formulas for exploring the age structure of non-linear dynamical systems
Mathematical models about how mass moves in natural systems are used in various scientific fields such as to understand the global carbon and water cycles, or predicting the spread of contaminants or tracers in water bodies, soils, or organisms. These models, technically known as compartmental systems, are common in medical sciences, biology, and geosciences. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena made a big step forward in this field by developing formulas and algorithms that help to describe the evolution of the age of particles in such systems when these are out of equilibrium. Their findings, just published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), extend the existing theory that so far was only available for systems resting in equilibrium. The new formulas and algorithms will allow much faster computations. In addition, they will also improve the investigation and understanding of non-linear dynamical systems, which describe many physical and biological processes in nature.  more...
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Board meeting of the Campus Association, Beutenberg Campus Jena e.V.
The next board meeting is planned for March, 2017 in the Abbe Center Building at the Beutenberg Campus.

Forsche Schüler Tag
Every year the Beutenberg Campus invites schoolchildren to a research day where they can get to know the scientists’ working world. The invitation is parallel to Girls’ Day.
With the 'Forsche Schüler' project, 'School Scientists' from the 8th year onwards can look behind the scenes of research and ‘try out’ science. Schoolchildren can choose from a multitude of offers in the physical and life sciences, exactly in keeping with the campus motto ‘Life Science meets Physics’. Beutenberg’s many institutes offer taster workshops allowing schoolchildren to do experiments and discover science for themselves.

Forsche Schüler
The next event in the "Noble Talks" series will be organised on December 01, 2016, 17:00 in the Abbe Center Building at the Beutenberg Campus. The speaker is Prof. Dr. Karsten Danzmann, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Hannover/Potsdam.

Campus Map and Portrayal of Individual Institutes
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