“Pressure” is a word with many meanings. The first thing that may come to most people’s minds is the stress we encounter in our day-to-day lives. Max Planck researchers are investigating the genetic factors that influence human stress responses and the consequences stress can have on the body even before birth. But there is also pressure in the physical sense, where it has a positive effect and is indispensable for many processes. Pressure controls the constant remodeling of bones, for example, or helps to break down the electrical resistance of materials – at temperatures that are almost feasible. All these topics are the focus of the new issue.
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