December  9, 2014

Solving a paradox

The transmission of information from one nerve cell to the next has long been known to have a puzzling property: the amount of neurotransmitter, the chemicals that transmit signals at the synapse from one nerve to the next, is highly dependent...

December  3, 2014

"Hedgehog-ants" protected against a pathogen

In this week's issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B Sylvia Cremer and her team describe for the first time the immunoprotective effect of an association of ants with an ectosymbiotic fungus, that gives the ants a "hedgehog-like" appearance....

November 17, 2014

Rapid change of growth

The prominent and evolutionarily ancient role of the plant hormone auxin is the regulation of cell expansion. This expansion requires ordered arrangement of the cytoskeleton. But the molecular mechanisms underlying its regulation by signaling molecules including auxin are unknown. In a...

November 14, 2014

Touching ground

Like most moss species Physcomitrella patens does not look particularly impressive: growing on mud and soil near pools of water, the plants rarely grow larger than 5 mm. But when it comes to understanding the origins of plants conquering terrestrial environment...

November  7, 2014

Watching the neocortex develop

The neocortex is the biggest part of the human brain, and controls all higher cognitive functions such as conscious thought, control of movement, and sensory perception. In a paper published in Cell...

October 31, 2014

Wiring the brain

A study published in Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1258996) on October 31 by William Joo and Liqun Luo at Stanford University together with Simon Hippenmeyer, a former postdoc in the Luo lab and now Assistant Professor at IST Austria, describes a new role...

October 27, 2014

PhD studies at IST Austria

IST Austria invites students who are interested in doing their PhD in Biology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics, to explore the Institute on Visit Day on 15 November 2014. Potential students will be shown around campus and will attend...

October  9, 2014

Henzinger gives invited talk at Cornell

IST Austria President Thomas Henzinger last week participated in the 50th Anniversary Symposium of the Computer Science Department of Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). In the talk on October 2 titled  “A Research Institute as Start-up” Henzinger explained: “It does not happen often that a new scientific institution is founded. We...

September 26, 2014

Coordination in the spinal cord

The development of embryos requires the production of new cells with specific identities and functions. How does a growing tissue establish and then maintain the right proportions of different cell types? In a

September 22, 2014

Tinkering evolution

In a paper published this month in PLOS Computational Biology (DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003818), Krishnendu Chatterjee, Professor at Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), and his PhD student Andreas Pavlogiannis together with collaborators Ben Adlam and Martin A. Nowak from...

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