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The human genome may be nearly two meters long, but it fits inside the nucleus of a cell. That’s possible because of the complex folding of the DNA. Scientists at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna are investigating how this folding works and what significance it may hold for the immune system. These and other IMP inquiries in basic biomedical research, primarily sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, may lead to future medical breakthroughs.

More than 280 scientists from over 40 countries investigate fundamental questions of molecular biology at IMP’s Vienna operation — including the genome research. In this video, the Scientific Director of the IMP, Jan-Michael Peters, together with senior postdoc Iain Davidson and former doctoral candidate Luisa Hill, provide insights into their cutting-edge work.