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Communicating in the Language of Life

How do the trillions of cells in our body coordinate their actions to support our life and health? How do plant cells communicate with each other?

Biological signals control all aspects of multicellular life, they enable cells to coordinate tasks, form tissues and adapt to environmental conditions. The Centre for Integrative Biological Signalling Studies (CIBSS), a Cluster of Excellence at the University of Freiburg, is pushing the boundaries of signalling science. Knowing how cells and tissues perceive and compute biological signals, and how they can be precisely controlled, enables CIBSS to address global challenges through innovation, such as for example climate adaption in plants or modulating immune function. 

CIBSS research has achieved significant findings in understanding the fundamental principles of biological signalling that contribute to clinical applications and have the potential to make agriculture more sustainable. In the area of agriculture, for example, CIBSS researchers have identified possible pathways to make crops independent of fertilizers. In the area of medicine, CIBSS has significantly shaped the understanding and treatment or prevention of prominent side effects of cancer therapies, such as Graft-Versus-Host-Disease.

Story by University of Freiburg