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Barcelona, Grenoble, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Hinxton, Rome, 16 May 2019 The origins of plastic pollution at sea The Tara Ocean Foundation launches Mission Microplastics: the exploration of 10 European rivers to assess the impact of plastics from the land to the sea. EMBL will organise special events during the upcoming ports of call at or near EMBL sites: London, Hamburg, Rome, Marseille and Barcelona.
Heidelberg, 29 April 2019 New 3D microscope visualises fast biological processes better than ever Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg have combined their expertise to develop a new type of microscope. The revolutionary new light-field microscopy system makes it possible to study fast biological processes, creating up to 200 3D images per second. Initial tests have already delivered new insights into the movement of blood cells in a heart.
Heidelberg, 25 April 2019 Sex and diet affect protein machineries Scientists from EMBL Heidelberg have discovered that the collection of proteins in an animal cell –called the proteome – is substantially affected by both the animal’s sex and its diet. Understanding these individual proteomes might provide a basis for personalised treatments for humans in the future. The results have been published in the journal Cell.
Heidelberg, 1 April 2019 Global microbial signatures for colorectal cancer established Researchers from EMBL, the University of Trento, and their international collaborators have analysed multiple existing microbiome association studies of colorectal cancer together with newly generated data. Their meta-analyses establish disease-specific microbiome changes which are globally robust – consistent across seven countries on three continents – despite differences in environment, diet and life style. Nature Medicine publishes their results on 1 April 2019.
Heidelberg, 1 April 2019 Foundation stone ceremony for world-class high-resolution microscopy centre in Heidelberg A foundation stone ceremony for the new EMBL Imaging Centre, located on the campus of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, took place today. The new facility will give researchers access to the most modern microscopy technologies available. It is made possible by a collaboration between the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the State of Baden-Württemberg (MWK), EMBL, and by further contributions from industry partners (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Leica and ZEISS), as well as by donations from the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation and Heidelberg Cement. The EMBL Imaging Centre will open in 2021.
Heidelberg, 28 March 2019 Designer organelles bring new functionalities into cells For the first time, scientists have engineered the complex biological process of translation into a designer organelle in a living mammalian cell. Research by the Lemke group at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) – in collaboration with JGU Mainz and IMB Mainz – used this technique to create a membraneless organelle that can build proteins from natural and synthetic amino acids carrying new functionality. Their results – published in Science on 29 March – allow scientists to study, tailor, and control cellular function in more detail.
Hinxton, 14 March 2019 Funding awarded for bioinformatics technical infrastructure UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has awarded £45 million to EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), to enhance the institute’s technical infrastructure. The funding, which comes from the UKRI’s Strategic Priorities Fund, will support EMBL-EBI’s existing and emerging data resources, including in areas of major interest, such as genomics and bioimaging.
Hamburg, 18 February 2019 Suicide system in tuberculosis bacteria might hold key to treatment Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the top ten causes of death worldwide. In 2017, 10 million people around the world fell ill with TB and 1.3 million died. The genome of the bacterium that causes TB holds a special toxin-antitoxin system with spectacular action: once the toxin is activated, all bacterial cells die, stopping the disease. An international research team co-led by the Wilmanns group at EMBL Hamburg investigated this promising feature for therapeutic targets. They now share the first high-resolution details of the system in Molecular Cell.
Hinxton, 11 February 2019 Almost 2000 unknown bacteria discovered in the human gut Researchers at EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute and the Wellcome Sanger Institute have identified almost 2000 bacterial species living in the human gut. These species are yet to be cultured in the lab. The team used a range of computational methods to analyse samples from individuals worldwide. The results, published in the journal Nature, highlight that although researchers are possibly getting closer to creating a comprehensive list of the commonly found microbes in the North American and European gut, there is a significant lack of data from other regions of the world.
Hinxton, 4 February 2019 The web meets genomics: a DNA search engine for microbes Researchers at EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) have combined their knowledge of bacterial genetics and web search algorithms to build a DNA search engine for microbial data. The search engine, described in a paper published in Nature Biotechnology, could enable researchers and public health agencies to use genome sequencing data to monitor the spread of antibiotic resistance genes. By making this vast amount of data discoverable, the search engine could also allow researchers to learn more about bacteria and viruses.
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