The science magazine by the Max Planck Society

MaxPlanckResearch is the science magazine published by the Max Planck Society. In-depth researched science journalism four times a year and free of charge by subscription or as an eMagazine. Completely in English.

The science magazine MaxPlanckForschung has a long tradition: For more than three decades, it has been mirroring the research at the Max Planck Institutes – always up-to-date, vibrant and easy to understand.

Published four times a year in German and English, the magazine aims to present scientific topics understandably. In addition to short topical reports and sections on Physics & Astronomy, Biology & Medicine, Matter & Material, Environment & Climate, and Culture & Society, every issue contains a special focus on a specific subject. The articles cover all areas of current fundamental research – from cosmic objects on the frontiers of space and time through ecological and social systems, to the molecular and atomic structures on which the inanimate world is based.

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Read selected articles about the Institute’s research in MaxPlanckResearch.

Operating the genome switches

MPF 2011, 2
Research into epigenetics is a rapidly growing field. A recent conference at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg shed light on the reasons. The new science investigates permanent biochemical switches that control genetic activity. These switches give a cell its identity and memory. They are what enable organisms to develop and adapt to their environment.

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Liaison in a test tube - Portrait of MPI-IE Director Georges Köhler

MPF 2016, 2
In the mid-1970s, Georges Köhler, later Director at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiologyin Freiburg, succeeded in fusing together a short-lived immune cell and a rapidly dividing cancer cell. The result was an immortal cell chimera with the ability to produce identical (“monoclonal”) antibodies, ushering in a revolution in biology and medical science. In 1984, Köhler was awarded the Nobel Prize along with César Milstein and Niels Kaj Jerne. The researcher, who died young, would have celebrated his 70th birthday this year.

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Visit to Asifa Akhtar: Gender Gap - Even in the Genome

MPF 2021, 1
Men and women possess different sex chromosomes. Nature, however, manages to reconcile this genetic gender gap. Asifa Akhtar, the Director of the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg, and her team are researching the sophisti-cated epigenetic mechanisms responsible for this process. As the Vice-President of the Biological and Medical Section in the Max Planck Society, she is also committed to reducing the gender gap in science.

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Focus on “Organized chaos” with with Tim Lämmermann: Attractants for the collective

MPF 2022, 2
Max Planck scientist Tim Lämmermann is investigating how immune cells hunt pathogens in swarms. The cells exhibit a behavior that biologists will also be familiar with from an insect – the Asian honey bee.

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