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German Research Foundation Awards $10M toward Research Center for Macromolecular Structural Biology

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Eighteen study groups from two German institutions will examine "the integrative structural biology of macromolecular complexes" at a new collaborative research center to be established at Germany's Georg August University of Göttingen.

The DFG, or German Research Foundation, has awarded the center a four-year, €8.5 million ($10 million) grant starting July 1. The center includes a total 16 projects to be pursued by the study groups, which come from the university's faculties of biology and physics and its Göttingen Medical School, as well as from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen.

The new collaborative research center will be located at the Göttingen Centre for Molecular Biosciences, and will be coordinated by Ralf Fincer of the university's Institute for Microbiology and Genetics.

The scientists will conduct basic research into the molecular composition and three-dimensional structure of larger multi-protein complexes of biomolecules, with the goal of better understanding their role in living cells, the DFG said in a statement.

The center, CRC 860, was one of 12 collaborative research centers whose creation was approved by the DFG last month, raising the total to 241 centers funded by the agency as of July 1.

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