How can we combat life-threatening bacteria? Will “living” implants be able to replace damaged blood vessels in future? The answers can be found in the life sciences, which explore fundamental questions of life, often in the areas of health and biodiversity. Not only humans but also animals and plants are examined – from their tiniest constituent parts to the whole organisms and their interactions. Such interdisciplinary research also requires sophisticated technology, which is why research institutions team up and work together. Numerous scientists in Germany are working on some fascinating topics in the life sciences. In this edition, we present a number of their projects. You can also read why a materials scientist from the UK conducts her research in Germany, learn about current funding programmes and discover our number of the month.