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March 29, 2017

Unique genome architectures after fertilisation in single-cell embryos

Using a newly developed method researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA) have been able to shed light on the complexity of genome reorganization occurring during the first hours after fertilization in the single-cell mammalian embryo. Their findings have recently been published in the journal Nature. The team of researchers (from three continents) have discovered that the egg and sperm genomes that co-exist in the single-cell embryo or zygote have a unique structure compared to other interphase cells. Understanding this specialized chromatin “ground state” has the potential to provide insights into the yet mysterious process of epigenetic reprogramming to totipotency, the ability to give rise to all cell types.

March 21, 2017

Bioethics Symposium

The IMBA Bioethics Symposium, April 5th 2017

March 13, 2017

Vienna Biocenter PhD Programme

The Summer Call 2017 is now open!

March 10, 2017

Life scientists move into the mechanisms of self-organization in small brain-like structures

How close to reality are brain organoids, and which molecular mechanisms underlie the remarkable self-organizing capacities of tissues? Researchers already have succeeded in growing so-called “cerebral organoids” in a dish - clusters of cells that self-organize into small brain-like structures. Juergen Knoblich and colleagues have now further characterized these organoids and publish their results today in The EMBO Journal. They demonstrate that, like in the human brain, so-called forebrain organizing centers orchestrate developmental processes in the organoid, and that organoids recapitulate the timing of neuronal differentiation events found in human brains.

March 02, 2017

Kikuë Tachibana-Konwalski receives Walther Flemming Award

We are proud to announce that IMBA group leader and EMBO Young Investigator Kikuë Tachibana-Konwalski was awarded the Walther Flemming medal for her outstanding research achievements. She received this renowned award in cell biology at the annual spring Meeting of the German Society for Cell Biology March 2nd. Kikue is thrilled to receive the medal, especially since “Flemming has inspired generations of cell biologists and certainly my own research”, she says. The Walther Flemming Award is awarded to young scientists up to 38 years of age for outstanding scientific achievements from all areas of cell biological and consists of a medal and a prize money of EUR 2,000.

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