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In the flesh: translating 2D scans into 3D prints - “The patient had been told that their knee looked like a smashed eggshell,” says Niall Haslam, EMBL alumnus and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at axial3D – a medical 3D printing company. “But they were still planning to ride a downhill mountain bike race the following month.” For both Haslam and the clinicians involved, it was clear that the patient hadn’t fully understood the surgical situation or its implications. The hospital scans that...
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Genomes of all known UK species to be sequenced - The genetic code of 66,000 UK species will be sequenced by the Wellcome Sanger Institute in a major collaboration with EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and other partner organisations as part of a global effort to sequence all 1.5 million known species of animal, plant, protozoa and fungi on Earth. The UK project, known as the Darwin Tree of Life Project, launched 1 November alongside the global effort, the Earth BioGenome...
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New insights into the regulation of haemostasis - EMBL researchers in Hamburg and Heidelberg and their collaborators have studied a key protein involved in haemostasis, known as the von Willebrand factor (VWF). In a paper published in Blood, they report the structure of a key region of VWF known as the C4 domain. In a second paper, also published in Blood, a group from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) in collaboration with the Hamburg group reports on a clinically relev...
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Catching up on protein dynamics - RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) play essential roles in a variety of cellular functions including gene expression. Identifying and understanding the functions and regulation of RBPs is therefore key to unravelling the physiology of cells and determining what can go wrong in disease. A method called RNA-interactome capture (RIC), developed in the Hentze group at EMBL, has in recent years fundamentally changed our understanding of RBPs. The RIC technique involves...
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Time-resolved X-ray crystallography simplified - An international collaboration has developed a new method to observe the molecular foundations of biology, with the help of beamline P14 at EMBL Hamburg. The new ‘hit-and-return’ method simplifies and accelerates time-resolved X-ray crystallography experiments, allowing many snapshots to be recorded in a single experimental session. These snapshots can then be assembled into a time-lapse sequence of the structural changes that occur during a ...
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A worm’s sense of the world - We sense the world around us using primarily our eyes, ears and nose. Marine worms, on the other hand, have long been thought to understand the world very differently – primarily by detecting chemicals in the ocean water that surrounds them – although this has not been investigated in detail. Now, researchers in the Arendt group have recorded nerve cell activity in the head of marine worms. The worm’s small size and transparency, means that all of the nerves an...
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Sanofi joins Open Targets - Public-private collaboration Open Targets announced today that Sanofi has joined its pioneering public-private collaboration to transform drug discovery by improving the success rate for developing new medicines. Sanofi’s expertise in immunology, oncology, neurosciences and diabetes will complement the offerings of the current partners GSK, Biogen, Takeda, Celgene, the Wellcome Sanger Institute and EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). Most compoun...
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¡Hola, Barcelona! - At EMBL Barcelona, biologists, physicists and computer scientists work together to understand and simulate the multi-scale connections between genes, cells and tissues. On 15 October, EMBL Barcelona hosted its Inauguration Symposium to officially introduce itself to the city. At this event, journalists, politicians and scientists got the chance to peek inside EMBL Barcelona’s new lab spaces and meet the researchers. Donald Ingber, the founding director of the Wyss Instit...
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The future of scientific publishing - Subscriptions to scientific journals are expensive. EMBL paid around €670 000 on journal subscriptions in 2018 alone. For many scientists and librarians, these charges seem unfairly high, given that scientists contribute much of the content for journals and carry out the peer review process, which underpins a journal’s value. While less expensive options exist, publication in certain journals is still often regarded as indicative of the quality of scien...
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More effective insulin thanks to first 3D image - The study reveals the first definitive 3D image of how insulin successfully binds to its receptor, a ‘gatekeeper’ for transmitting information into cells. This interaction between insulin and its receptor is crucial for instructing cells to lower blood sugar levels in the body. The research was a collaboration of EMBL researchers Felix Weis and Christoph Müller with a team led by Associate Professor Mike Lawrence from the Walter and Eliza Ha...
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