General, 18 December 2014 Alumni awards EMBL’s pride in its community extends beyond the duration of a fellowship, contract or visit – we celebrate the achievements and efforts of our alumni, sometimes long after their time at EMBL. The John Kendrew Award recognises excellence in science and/or science communication, while the Lennart Philipson Award – inaugurated this year – recognises outstanding contributions to translational research in human health and/or technology innovation in the life sciences. Meet the newest awardees.
Hamburg, 11 December 2014 Lighting the way Just over 40 years ago, Ken Holmes, then director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics in Heidelberg, brought to light the stunning potential of X-rays emitted by synchrotrons for use in structural biology experiments. On 27–28 November, staff, alumni, collaborators and friends came together to reflect on four decades of vision, pioneering research and beamline services since EMBL Hamburg was set in motion on the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) campus soon afterwards.
Monterotondo, 9 December 2014 Delighting in detail The skin seems almost designed to thwart established microscopy techniques, but a new approach by scientists at EMBL Monterotondo overcomes such challenges, showing mouse neurons as never before. “Already we’ve been able to see things that we couldn’t see before. Structures such as nerves arranged around a hair on the skin; we can now see them under the microscope, just as they were presumed to be,” says Paul Heppenstall of the new technique developed by his lab.
General, 2 December 2014 40 questions, answered EMBL’s headquarters is located in the middle of a lively forest home to many different plants – which serve as inspiration for observing and studying the various forms that life can take. Although scientists at EMBL do that every day with microscopes, spectrometers, and other sophisticated tools, how many people actually look deeper at the lush vegetation in and around the campus?
Hinxton, 1 December 2014 What makes a mosquito deadly? An international team of scientists has sequenced the genomes of 16 Anopheles mosquito species from around the world, some of which are notorious for transmitting malaria. Published in Science, the results provide important insights into the dynamic evolution of these vectors. The annotated datasets are freely available in VectorBase, a consortium involving the University of Notre Dame, Imperial College London and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).
Hinxton, 28 November 2014 Record parasitic worm dataset The largest collection of helminth genomic data ever assembled has been published in the new, open-access WormBase-ParaSite. Developed jointly by the European BIoinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, this new resource will be a major asset in the fight against parasitic worms, which infect more than one billion people worldwide.