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"Gene Silencing," Published December 2003

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A Profile of  the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Goettingen
(Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer Institute)

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According to the latest update of the ISI Essential Science Indicators Web product, the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry has published 581 papers in the field of Molecular Biology & Genetics since 1993. Collectively, these papers have been cited a total of 18,600 times. Also, in the Biology & Biochemistry category over the same period, the Institute has 637 papers cited a total of 14,564 times. In our Special Topic presentation on Gene Splicing, scientists from the Institute are represented in two of the top 20 papers (#2 and #10).

Below, ESI Special Topics visited the website of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and captured the profile and description of this highly cited institution.

SOURCE: ISI Essential Science Indicators Web product from the November 1, 2003 update covering a ten year plus eight month period, January 1, 1993 - August 31, 2003.

The Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (also available in English), is a multidisciplinary institute, the departments of which are variously equipped according to their methods, complementing and collaborating with each other. The institute is the successor Max Planck Institute for biophysical Chemistry, Goettingenof the Max Planck Institutes for Physical Chemistry and for Spectroscopy, both of which gave priority to using physics techniques to address biological problems.

The inclusion of a number of departments specialising in biology, across a range stretching from molecular biology through developmental biology to neurobiology, extended the scope of research far beyond that of the traditional discipline. The harnessing of physics, physico-chemical and chemistry methods to biological research lead to the institute being named the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry.

The research spectrum extends from spectroscopy and photochemical kinetics, through structure-function relationships at a molecular level, organisation of cellular architecture, the mechanism of release of neurotransmitters and hormones (membrane biophysics), to the molecular components of protein transport (molecular genetics), the analysis of development and differentiation processes in mammals (molecular cell biology), as well as the molecular developmental biology of the fruit fly. Since 1997, four new departments joined the research groups at the institute, thus widening the spectrum of research. The Department of Neurobiology is investigating the mechanism of synaptic transmission. The Department Cellular Biochemistry is studying the pre-RNA splicing mechanisms in the nucleus. And the Department of NMR based Stuctural Biology, which started working here in 2001, has moved in its own building in 2002. In 2003, the head of a former independent research group has been made another director at the institute and the new Department NanoBiophotonics was founded.

In addition to the research departments the institute houses a variety of department-associated research groups and 'nachwuchs' groups (established young investigators selected by a formal application and evaluation procedure). The Emeritus group of the former director Manfred Eigen (Biochemical kinetiks) is employed on theoretical and experimental research into the evolution of self organising systems.

The Biomedical NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) research company directed by J. Frahm is also based at the institute. This group is engaged primarily on the development and application of magnetic nuclear resonance for non-invasive tests of living systems.End

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Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie
Am Fassberg 11
37077 Göttingen


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