Hinxton, 30 October 2014 Kidney cancer in Central Europe New research by the international Cancer Genomics of the Kidney consortium (CAGEKID) reveals an important connection between kidney cancer and exposure to aristolochic acid, an ingredient in some herbal remedies. The findings, published in Nature Communications, have important implications for public health.
General, 30 October 2014 40 questions, answered If one wants to build an artificial human brain in laboratory (in order to use it later in treatment of dementia and so on), what are the main problems one must solve? How to make neurons and neuroglia live in vitro and work altogether, and then – the million-dollar question – how to make these neurons bear memory from an actual human being? PhD student Hernando Martinez Vergara answers this question posed by Anna from Russia.
Heidelberg, 22 October 2014 Chamber of secrets Cells can huddle to communicate within a restricted group, scientists at EMBL Heidelberg have found. The study is the first demonstration that the way cells organise themselves influences their ability to communicate. The researchers propose that this strategy, which they discovered in developing zebrafish, could be much more widespread, influencing processes like wound repair, organ formation and even cancer.
Monterotondo, 22 October 2014 Protecting us from our cells A molecule called insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) boosts the body’s natural defence auto-immune diseases such as type-1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, scientists at EMBL Monterotondo have found. The findings are especially exciting because IGF-1 is already approved for use in patients, which could speed up the move to clinical trials for treating auto-immune diseases.
General, 9 October 2014 40 questions, answered To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we challenged you to ask EMBL anything. One of the most common questions we are asked has to do with the EMBL logo. What does it represent? Where did it come from? Why is one of the spots red? The logo was created by Lennart Philipson, EMBL's second Director General. Philipson passed away in 2011, but fortunately, he revealed the logo’s origin in an interview published a decade ago.
Heidelberg, 6 October 2014 Hungary joins EMBL as prospect member state EMBL welcomes Hungary as its newest prospect member state. In a Statement of Intent signed this month, Hungary and EMBL agree to explore possibilities for long-term cooperation, with a view to the country becoming a full member state within three years.