Hamburg, 24 July 2014 Fighting bacteria – with viruses Research published today in PLOS Pathogens reveals how viruses called bacteriophages destroy the bacterium Clostridium difficile (C. diff), which is becoming a serious problem in hospitals and healthcare institutes, due to its resistance to antibiotics. The study by scientists at EMBL Hamburg could help bring about a new way of fighting this and other bacteria.
Hinxton, 23 July 2014 Marmoset genome sheds light on chimeral twins An international consortium has published the genome of the common marmoset in the journal Nature Genetics. Their initial analyses provide insights into this tiny primate’s reproductive system, which is well adapted to multiple births. The marmoset sequence, annotated by researchers at EMBL-EBI and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, is freely available in the Ensembl genome explorer.
General, 19 July 2014 Embracing cellular complexity ‘A Million Peptide Motifs for the Molecular Biologist,’ a paper from Toby Gibson and like-minded colleagues in Molecular Cell boldly claims. Those not steeped in structural and computational biology will likely miss the joke; the new review completes a trilogy of papers published over the last two decades, each one upping the numerical ante on its predecessor (‘One thousand families for the molecular biologist’ by Chothia in 1992 and ‘Ten thousand interactions for the molecular biologist’ by EMBL alumni Aloy and Russell in 2004).
General, 16 July 2014 Ask EMBL... anything! Have you ever wondered… How do you pronounce “Helicobacter pylori”? How does genetic sequencing work? How do I become the director general of a top international research facility? As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, we’re asking people to ask EMBL…anything!
General, 15 July 2014 Czech-ing out EMBL Council There is a new addition to the waving banner welcoming EMBL Council delegates to Heidelberg for the Summer meeting of EMBL’s governing body. Among the established member states’ flags now flies the red, white and blue flag of the Czech Republic, the 21st and newest state to join EMBL. Jana Bystřická, the Czech delegate, reflects on the new membership at her inaugural meeting.
General, 10 July 2014 Bringing chemistry to life (science) Staying at the forefront of any field requires the adaptability to move with the times and the foresight to choose the best partners. This is true for individuals, institutions, and even scientific disciplines, as evidenced in an editorial by Interdisciplinary Group Leader and Senior Scientist Carsten Schultz, published online this week in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.
Heidelberg, 3 July 2014 EMBL and EMBO to host anniversary science and policy meeting Scientists, politicians and policy makers met at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, on Wednesday 2 July and Thursday 3 July for the EMBO-EMBL Anniversary Science and Policy Meeting. The event will feature scientific talks from researchers, the participation of European science ministers, and sessions on policy issues such as excellence and inclusion.
Heidelberg, 2 July 2014 Surprisingly stable long-distance relationships Contrary to what was thought, sequences of DNA called enhancers find their targets long before they are activated during embryonic development, scientists EMBL Heidelberg have found. Their study, published in Nature, also reveals that, surprisingly, the degree of complexity of enhancers’ interactions in the fruit fly is comparable to what is seen in vertebrates.