March 17, 2010

GERMANY: Nobel Prize Winner Opens Genomics Lab at Cologne Research Center

. COLOGNE, Germany / / Genetics Research / March 17, 2010 South African biologist Sydney Brenner, a 2002 Nobel Prize winner, opens a laboratory at the Cologne Center for Genomics (CCG) on March 19. Brenner is considered one of the most prolific pioneers in modern molecular biology. He will give the keynote address at the opening of the new laboratory of the CCG. Together with H. Robert Horvitz and John E. Sulston, Brenner won the Nobel Prize for Medicine/Physiology for his pioneering work on genetic regulation of organ development and programmed cell death. The nematode C. elegans was established by Brenner as a model organism. The exploration of its organ and nervous system development was of particular interest. Through the use of this nematode, the first genes essential for programmed cell death could be described. Model organisms and brain research Model organisms play a large role in research conducted by the Cologne Excellence Cluster on Cellular Stress Response in Age-Associated Diseases (CECAD Cologne) and the newly founded Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biology of Aging. Thus the leading minds working on model organisms - with the appointment of Thorsten Hoppe at CECAD and Adam Antebi at the MPI - are leading this research which builds on the earlier findings of Brenner. Already in the 1960s, Brenner contributed to the clarification of the genetic code. Together with his colleagues, he was one of the first to see the model of the structure of DNA in 1953 and by the 1960s he was contributing to the clarification of the genetic code. In 1974, he was awarded the Royal Medal of the Royal Society. The Cologne Center for Genomics, one of the main players in the Cluster of Excellence for Aging Research at the University and Uniklinik Köln, is a technology center in genomics supported by the natural sciences and medicine faculties. It offers an infrastructure for sequencing and the study of genes in complex diseases. [rc] Related Links: Cologne Center for Genomics CECAD Cologne © Young Germany