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Heidelberg, 12 December 2008 Leica Microsystems to Become Founder Partner of EMBL Advanced Training Centre Microscope designer Leica Microsystems and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory [EMBL] signed a corporate partnership agreement today whereby Leica Microsystems becomes a founder partner of the EMBL Advanced Training Centre scheduled to be completed in September 2009.
Heidelberg, 3 December 2008 Picture Release Cell division is one of the most fundamental processes of life. It explains how one cell can give rise to an organism of several million cells, it determines the shape of different life forms and it underpins our body's capacity to heal when injured. Often we only notice how important cell division really is when it goes wrong and results in cancer or other diseases.
Heidelberg/Waltham, 24 November 2008 EMBL and PerkinElmer announce corporate partnership to support EMBL Advanced Training Centre The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and PerkinElmer Life and Analytical Sciences, a global leader in life science research, drug discovery and cellular science, today announced that they have entered into a corporate partnership in support of EMBL's Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany.
Heidelberg, 20 November 2008 Uncovering secrets of life in the ocean Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Developmental Biology now explain the remarkable ability of marine zooplankton to swim towards light.
- Die Welt , 20 November 2008 Der Ringelwurm fasziniert Forscher
- Handelsblatt , 20 November 2008 Forscher erklären das erste Auge
- Berliner Zeitung , 20 November 2008 Von der Dämmerung gelenkt
- Le Scienze , 20 November 2008 In un verme marino l'origine della vista
- Discovery Channel , 20 November 2008 View to a Krill: Secrets of Plankton Eyes
- The Scientist , 20 November 2008 Ancient eyes head for the light
- Spiegel Online , 20 November 2008 Forscher enträtseln Ur-Auge
- SWR2 Campus , 22 November 2008 Mit dem Photo-Taxi ans Licht
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , 26 November 2008 Zwei Augenzellen sorgen für Bewegung
Heidelberg, 16 October 2008 Researchers establish international human microbiome consortium Today at a meeting organised by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory [EMBL] in Heidelberg, Germany, scientists from around the globe announced the formation of the International Human Microbiome Consortium [IHMC], an effort that will enable researchers to characterise the relationship of the human microbiome in the maintenance of health and disease.
Heidelberg, 9 October 2008 Digital zebrafish embryo provides the first complete developmental blueprint of a vertebrate Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) have generated a digital zebrafish embryo - the first complete developmental blueprint of a vertebrate. With a newly developed microscope scientists could for the first time track all cells for the first 24 hours in the life of a zebrafish.
- Nature , 16 October 2008 Zebrafish cell zipcodes
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung , 11 October 2008 Das große Leuchten
- SWR2 Campus , 11 October 2008 Schlaglicht auf den Beginn des Lebens
- New Scientist , 10 October 2008 Digital blueprint for fish created
- Focus Online , 10 October 2008 Forscher erschaffen virtuelle Embryos
- Le Figaro , 10 October 2008 Le premier jour de la vie d'un embryon
- Science , 10 October 2008 Lights! Camera! Action! Zebrafish Embryos Caught on Film
- SWR2 Campus , 9 October 2008 Zebrafish development tracked cell by cell
- Toronto Star , 9 October 2008 Microscope shows developing embryo
Hinxton, 23 July 2008 Open access to large-scale drug discovery data The Wellcome Trust has awarded £4.7 million [€5.8 million] to EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute [EMBL-EBI] to support the transfer of a large collection of information on the properties and activities of drugs and a large set of drug-like small molecules from publicly listed company Galapagos NV to the public domain.
- Nature Reviews , 11 October 2008 Wellcome boost for open-access chemistry
Monterotondo, 20 July 2008 Pregnant mice block out unwelcome admirers to protect their pups Mouse mothers-to-be have a remarkable way to protect their unborn pups. Because the smell of a strange male's urine can cause miscarriage and reactivate the ovulatory cycle, pregnant mice prevent the action of such olfactory stimuli by blocking their smell. Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Monterotondo, Italy, have now revealed the nature of this ability.
Heidelberg, 11 July 2008 Teaching old drugs new tricks Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) discovered a new way to make use of drugs' unwanted side effects. They developed a computational method that compares how similar the side effects of different drugs are and predicts how likely the drugs act on the same target molecule.
- New Scientist , 11 July 2008 Side-effect analysis reveals new uses for old drugs
- Daily Telegraph , 11 July 2008 Old drugs get a new lease of life
- Süddeutsche Zeitung , 11 July 2008 Gesundheitsfördernde Nebenwirkungen
- SWR2 Campus , 12 July 2008 Auf Schatzsuche in den Beipackzetteln
- Nature Biotechnology , 11 August 2008 New uses for approved drugs
- Nature Reviews , 11 September 2008 New targets for old drugs
- El Mundo , 11 September 2008 Primer Plano / La cara amable de la toxicidad farmacológica
- El Mundo , 11 September 2008 Mónica Campillos - "La toxicidad de los fármacos puede tener cosas buenas"
Heidelberg/Hinxton, 9 July 2008 Zooming in on genetic shuffling In the current issue of Nature, researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory([EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, and the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in Hinxton, UK, present the most precise map of genetic recombination yet. The study sheds light on fundamental questions about genetic shuffling and has implications for the tracking of disease genes and their inheritance.
Monterotondo, 4 July 2008 New research sheds light on the molecular basis of crib death Researchers of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Monterotondo, Italy, have developed a mouse model of the so-called crib or cot death, which remains the leading cause of death during the first year of life in developed countries.
- Time Magazine , 3 July 2008 Chemical Linked to Baby Deaths
- Il Messaggero , 3 July 2008 Morte in culla, all'origine un difetto nel cervello
- Vima , 4 July 2008 Article in Greek broadsheet
- Die Zeit , 4 July 2008 Der Tod im Babyhirn
- International Herald Tribune , 4 July 2008 New evidence links abnormalities in brain chemical serotonin to sudden infant death syndrome
- Publico , 4 July 2008 La serotonina, vinculada a la muerte súbita del lactante
- Diario Medico , 4 July 2008 Temperatura y frecuencia cardiaca, posibles signos en muerte súbita infantil
- The Daily Telegraph , 4 July 2008 Simple test for cot death on the way
- Nature News , 4 July 2008 New insights into SIDS
- The Times , 4 July 2008 How serotonin imbalance could be key to explaining the mystery of cot deaths
- The Economist , 5 July 2008 The cradle, not the grave
- SWR2 Campus , 5 July 2008 Dem plötzlichen Kindstod auf der Spur
- LA Times , 5 July 2008 Study suggests serotonin pays a role in SIDS
- Stuttgarter Zeitung , 8 July 2008 Plötzlicher Kindstod durch Serotoninmangel
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , 9 July 2008 Säuglingstod eine Kopfsache?
- New Scientist , 12 July 2008 Cot death trigger?
- BBC News , 4 July 2008 Brain imbalance 'cot death key'
- Berliner Zeitung , 4 July 2008 Der Schrecken junger Eltern
Hinxton, 20 June 2008 Scientists fix bugs in our understanding of evolution What makes a human different from a chimp? Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) have come one important step closer to answering such evolutionary questions correctly.
- Athens News , 4 July 2008 Researchers fix bugs in our grasp of evolution
Heidelberg, 30 May 2008 X chromosome exposed Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, and the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) in Hinxton, UK, have revealed new insights into how sex chromosomes are regulated.
- El Pais , 4 June 2008 Una enzima distingue el sexo del cromosoma X
Hinxton, 28 May 2008 Securing the future of Europe's biological data resources In a contract signed today, the European Commission has awarded €4.5 million to a pan-European consortium to decide upon the best way to unite Europe's biological data resources into a sustainable, integrative bioinformatics network for the life sciences.
Hinxton, 7 May 2008 Platypus genome sequence published UK-based researchers at the Medical Research Council Functional Genomics Unit in Oxford and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge have revealed the genetic makeup of the one of the world's strangest mammals. They have analysed the DNA blueprint of the platypus, one of only a few surviving monotremes which, of all mammals, are the most distantly-related to humans.
- Irish Times , 10 May 2008 Platypus genome sequence published
- The Guardian , 7 May 2008 Platypus proves even odder than scientists thought
- The Times , 7 May 2008 Duck-billed oddity dismissed by science as daffy
Grenoble, 4 May 2008 Getting wise to the influenza virus' tricks Influenza is currently a grave concern for governments and health organisations around the world. Now one of the tactics used by influenza virus to take over the machinery of infected cells has been laid bare by structural biologists at the EMBL, the joint Unit of Virus Host-Cell Interaction of EMBL, the University Joseph Fourier and National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), in Grenoble, France and at CSIC, Spain.
Monterotondo, 8 April 2008 An unexpected way to cause leukaemia Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Italy, the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute, UK, and the Universities of Harvard, USA, and Lund, Sweden, have now used genetic engineering to introduce a mutation found in human leukaemia patients into mice.
- Reuters , 25 April 2008 Mouse Model confirms CEBPA mutation leads to acute myeloid leukaemia
- Business Weekly , 9 April 2008 Leukaemia breakthrough by researchers
Heidelberg, 6 March 2008 New revelations in epigenetic control shed light on breast cancer Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg now gained new insight into one crucial epigenetic mechanism and reveal that it acts much faster than assumed.
- Irish Times , 6 March 2008 New findings offer hope in treating cancer by gene switch control
- Nature Reviews , 5 March 2008 DNA methylation gets dynamic
Heidelberg, 5 February 2008 Europe's most common genetic disease is a liver disorder Much less widely known than the dangerous consequences of iron deficiencies is the fact that too much iron can also cause problems. The exact origin of the genetic iron overload disorder hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) has remained elusive. In a joint effort, researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the University of Heidelberg, Germany, have now discovered that HH is a liver disease.
- Frankfurter Neue Presse , 23 February 2008 Eisenspeicherkrankheit: Ursache ist die Leber
- Ärztezeitung , 21 February 2008 Hämochromatose - defektes Lebergen stört Darmfunktion
- Recklinghäuser Zeitung , 21 February 2008 Defektes Gen als Grund
- Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung , 16 February 2008 Leberdefekt führt zu Eisenüberschuss
- Deutsche Presseagentur , 6 February 2008 Eisenspeicherkrankheit ist eine Leber- und keine Darmerkrankung
Hinxton, 22 January 2008 International consortium announces the 1000 Genomes Project Drawing on the expertise of multi-disciplinary research teams, the map developed by the 1000 Genomes Project will provide a view of biomedically relevant DNA variations at a resolution unmatched by current resources. The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), working with long-term collaborator the US National Institute of Biotechnology Information [NCBI], will make the data swiftly available to the worldwide scientific community through freely available public databases.
Heidelberg, 8 January 2008 Life savers in the gut Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory [EMBL] have discovered that proteins that regulate the body's iron household play a vital role in making sure enough nutrients and water are absorbed in the intestine.
- Kerdos , 9 January 2008 Article in Greek broadsheet
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