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KEY DISCOVERIES IN LIFE SCIENCES.

CRISPR/Cas9.

CHROMOSOME SEGREGATION.

HUMAN BRAINS ORGANOIDS.

EPIGENETICS.

1001 GENOMES.

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Vienna BioCenter - Top Life Science Cluster

Over the last 30 years, the Vienna BioCenter has established itself as a top biology research center in Europe, comprising five research institutions (GMI, IMBA, IMP, Max Perutz Labs, UBB) conducting innovative research in all areas of the life sciences. The wide range of expertise, from biophysics and structural biology to cell biology and evolution, combined with a plethora of model systems, ensures diversity and interdisciplinarity.

Purely curiosity-driven research is highly valued and encouraged, and there is also a focus on basic biomedical research and mechanisms of disease, laying the groundwork for future solutions to global health problems. Similarly, basic research in plants is important for agriculture and may ultimately provide solutions for sustainable food and energy production.

Several key discoveries that have brought the Vienna BioCenter international recognition illustrate the high caliber of research, both past and present.

Currently, the highly interactive and collaborative community hosts almost 1,900 scientists (including 359 PhD students) coming from 79 countries. Research productivity is reflected in the publication rate (around 350 manuscripts a year), which is the highest of any life sciences institute in Austria (Nature Index).

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Key Discoveries

HUMAN BRAIN ORGANOIDS

HUMAN BRAIN ORGANOIDS

The enormous complexity of the human brain makes it highly challenging to study, and physiological differences between humans and other mammals limit what we can learn from non-human models, particularly for neurological diseases. Researchers at the Vienna BioCenter made a major discovery that has the potential to overcome these limitations.

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CRISPR/Cas9

CRISPR/Cas9

Investigation of the mechanism of the CRISPR/Cas9 bacterial defense system has revolutionized biology, triggering applications in gene editing for basic and applied research in every organism imaginable. The basis for the revolutionary application of the CRISPR-Cas9 system was laid at the University of Vienna in the Max Perutz Labs at the Vienna BioCenter.

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MECHANISMS OF CHROMOSOME SEGREGATION

MECHANISMS OF CHROMOSOME SEGREGATION

The precise orchestration of chromosome segregation during cell division is an essential mechanism for all life. Research at the Vienna BioCenter has contributed greatly to illuminating the sophisticated mechanisms underlying chromosome segregation.

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EPIGENETICS

EPIGENETICS

There has been an explosion in epigenetics research in the last few decades, focusing on DNA methylation, histone modifications/variants, and small RNAs. These epigenetic mechanisms underlie phenotypic changes that do not involve changes to the DNA sequence. Major breakthroughs in all these areas have been made by scientists at the Vienna BioCenter over the last 30 years.

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1001 GENOMES

1001 GENOMES

Scientists at the Vienna BioCenter were major contributors to the 1001 Genomes Project, a formidable international effort to provide the genomes, transcriptomes, and epigenomes of more than 1,000 strains of the most studied model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, from across the globe. The data provide an enormous boost for plant and agricultural research, including fundamental insights into adaptation.

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