Press Releases

December 20, 2016

Brain organoids 'made in Austria' resemble original to a great extent

Scientists find striking similarities in function, structure and even epigenetic features.

December 01, 2016

Fertilized egg cells trigger and monitor loss of sperm’s epigenetic memory

Scientists from the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) in Vienna, Austria, have discovered how an embryo’s genomic integrity is safeguarded during the first 24 h after fertilization. Insights into this mechanism have implications for improving in vitro fertilization.

November 16, 2016

A milestone in small RNA biology: piRNA biogenesis from start to finish

Organisms are in a constant battle against viruses, or transposable elements, which invade their genomes. Among their most effective weapons are silencing pathways that use small RNAs to selectively target invading nucleic acids for their destruction. The molecular understanding of these defense systems has revolutionized modern molecular biology, as they are the basis for powerful genome editing and gene silencing methods such as CRISPR/Cas9 or RNA interference. Scientists from the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Austria (IMBA) have now unravelled the precise mechanisms by which germline cells produce a class of small RNAs, called piRNAs, that control transposon silencing in animals.

November 15, 2016

Brain development: How a ‘molecular compass’ regulates proper cell division

Researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna have unravelled how a tiny microRNA molecule controls growth and differentiation of brain cells.

July 14, 2016

Scientists find a new way to protect against lethal fungal infections

Scientists at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) and the Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL) in Vienna have discovered a new way to turn the immune system’s weapons against fungal invaders. This knowledge could lead to the development of new and improved anti-fungal treatments.

June 29, 2016

A protein coat helps chromosomes keep their distance

Researchers at IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have identified a protein that disperses chromosomes during cell division, as Nature reports.

May 31, 2016

Prevention of genetic breast cancer within reach

An international team led by researchers at the Austrian Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) in Vienna and the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore discovered that genetically determined breast cancer can be largely prevented by blocking a bone gene. An already approved drug could be quickly available and would then be the first breast cancer prevention drug.

May 05, 2016

Regulator of death receptor discovered

Researchers at IMBA – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have discovered that an enzyme called HACE1 is the key regulator of the death receptor TNFR1. The TNF receptor 1 is located on the cell membrane and decides whether a cell will live or die.

March 24, 2016

Three ERC-Grants for Research Groups at the Vienna Biocenter

Jürgen Knoblich of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) as well as Jan-Michael Peters and Tim Clausen of the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) each receive an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council ERC. That means a success rate of 100 percent for the two institutes. Researchers at the Vienna Biocenter have received a total of 36 ERC-Grants so far.

March 15, 2016

Art and Science presentation at the Vienna Biocenter

Creativity, idealism and the ability to think laterally are the most important characteristics of a scientist – and of an artist. These two disciplines have much in common and, because of this, the Vienna Biocenter (VBC) and the Angewandte Innovation Lab (AIL) of the University of Applied Arts Vienna invited their PhD and Master´s students to collaborate in a joint project of science and art based on their research topics.

February 18, 2016

News from the secret world of the egg cell

Scientists at the IMBA (Institute of Molecular Biotechnology) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have discovered that the division of mammalian egg cells depends on cohesin proteins that embrace chromosomes before birth and are not renewed thereafter. The cohesin complex is remarkably long-lived but eventually lost irreversibly from chromosomes. The inability of egg cells to renew the ties that hold chromosomes together might contribute to maternal age-related chromosome missegregation and aneuploidy, leading to the production of trisomic fetuses. These insights provide a possible explanation for the molecular causes of the maternal age effect.

January 07, 2016

Another top EU award for the Vienna Biocenter

Julius Brennecke, group leader at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA), has recently received an ERC Consolidator Grant. This is the 34th ERC grant that has been awarded to researchers at the four academic Vienna Biocenter institutes.

The Vienna Biocenter in the third district of Vienna has established itself as the premier location for life sciences in Central Europe and is a world-leading international bio-medical research center.


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