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Press Officer and Head of Press and Public Relations

Dr. Stefanie Seltmann
Dr. Stefanie Seltmann

Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221 422854
Fax: +49 6221 422968

E-Mail: s.seltmann@dkfz.de
or presse@dkfz.de

Recent Press Releases

No. 16c | 21. April 2015

Robert Koch Award 2015 goes to Ralf Bartenschlager and Charles Rice

Robert Koch Award 2015 goes to Ralf Bartenschlager and Charles Rice

The Laureates lay the foundation for dramatic advances in the treatment of hepatitis C. Peter Piot receives Robert Koch Gold Medal for his co-discovery of the Ebola virus and the fight against HIV infection in Africa.

No. 15c | 02. April 2015

Team spirit in the genome

Team spirit in the genome

Genes, like people, are fundamentally social. Just as we often work in teams, companies, or other more or less complex organisations, genes often work together in genetic networks. And just as our productivity is often influenced by who we work with, the effects of genes depend on the peers they interact with. That’s why understanding genetic predispositions remains a challenge – each person’s genome is a unique combination of genes, and it’s difficult to work out how they will interact and function as a team. In football, a team of star players may end up standing in each other’s way, whereas a team with good team spirits can achieve success that one would not expect from the players individually.

No. 15 | 01. April 2015 | by Koh

Migrating immune cells promote nerve cell demise in the brain

Migrating immune cells promote nerve cell demise in the brain

The slow death of dopamine-producing nerve cells in a certain region of the brain is the principal cause underlying Parkinson's disease. In mice, it is possible to simulate the symptoms of this disease using a substance that selectively kills dopamine-producing neurons. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have now shown for the first time in mouse experiments that after this treatment, cells of the peripheral immune system migrate from the bloodstream into the brain, where they play a major role in the death of neurons. The investigators were able to reduce the level of neurodegeneration using a substance that blocks a specific surface molecule on these inflammatory cells.

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