Even though the first warm skies are blowing and spring no longer seems far away, the cold season and also the time for virus infection is not yet over. You can catch colds and flu infections easily, but they are usually harmless. The situation is completely different with the viral diseases MERS or Ebola, which are fatal in almost 40 percent of infected people. Both diseases are caused by zoonotic viruses that are transmitted from animals to humans. If the viruses mutate, they can become even more contagious and thus more dangerous. In this issue you can read how the scientists of the Infection Biology Unit at the DPZ assess the pandemic potential of MERS viruses and why the protein tetherin can be a promising approach for Ebola therapy.
Caspar Schwiedrzik is a neuroscientist and has headed the new Junior Research Group "Perception and Plasticity" at the DPZ since February 1st. He wants to find out what the basis of intelligent behavior is and has focused on visual learning. In an interview, he talks about what fascinates him about brain research and what plans he is pursuing at the DPZ.
The DPZ scientists proved at the fourth “Nacht des Wissens” in Göttingen that research is not only interesting, but can also be fun. Around 7,000 visitors came to the DPZ stations, were explained the various research topics and tried out some experiments themselves. A summary and impressions of the event can also be found in this issue.
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