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Watching the brain learn

Understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying brain “plasticity”(how the brain can learn, develop and reorganise itself) is crucial for explaining many illnesses and conditions. Neurocientists from the University of Göttingen and University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) have now managed to repeatedly image synapses, the tiny contact sites between neurons, in awake adult mice. They are the first to discover that adult neurons in the primary visual cortex with an increased number of “silent synapses” (ie newly formed synapses that are inactivated), lacking a certain protein (PSD-95), display structural changes that were previously only reported in young mice. This research by the Collaborative Research Centre CRC889 was published in PNAS. more…


Ingredients for earliest life forms preserved in 3.5 billion-year-old rocks

The earliest life forms must have used small organic molecules as building materials and energy sources. However, the existence of such components in early habitats on Earth had not yet been proven. Research at the University of Göttingen has now detected organic molecules and gases trapped in 3.5 billion-year-old rocks. It is likely that solutions from archaic hydrothermal vents contained essential components that formed a basis for the earliest life on our planet. more…


Wolves prefer to feed on the wild side

When there is a choice, wolves in Mongolia prefer to feed on wild animals rather than grazing livestock. This is the discovery by a research team from the University of Göttingen and the Senckenberg Museum Görlitz. Previous studies had shown that the diet of wolves in inland Central Asia consists mainly of grazing livestock, which could lead to increasing conflict between nomadic livestock herders and wild predatory animals like wolves. more…


Researchers solve riddle of plant immune system

How do plants build resilience? An international research team led by the University of Göttingen studied the molecular mechanisms of the plant immune system. They were able to show a connection between a relatively unknown gene and resistance to pathogens. The results of the study were published in the journal The Plant Cell. more…


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Call for applications: Dorothea Schlözer positions for postdoctoral researchers

The University of Göttingen invites applications for two positions in the Dorothea Schlözer Postdoctoral Programme. Female postdocs, preferably in their early postdoc phase, who are planning or have already started a research project at one of the seven faculties of the University of Göttingen can apply in this round. The application deadline is 15 April 2021. more…

Health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year!

For 2021, we would like to wish health, happiness and personal and professional success to all students, staff, guests and alumni of Göttingen University and Göttingen Campus. more…

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