Grenoble, 19 November 2014 In full view Scientists looking to understand – and potentially thwart – the influenza virus now have a much more encompassing view, thanks to the first complete structure of one of the flu virus’ key machines. The structure, obtained by scientists at EMBL Grenoble, allows researchers to finally understand how the machine works as a whole, and could prove instrumental in designing new drugs to treat serious flu infections and combat flu pandemics.
Heidelberg, 19 November 2014 Welcome: Kyung-Min Noh Having explored everything from physiology to structural biology in her quest to understand the epigenetics of neuron development, new group leader Kyung-Min Noh values the ability to communicate and share knowledge across disciplines. Find out more about her inspiration and motivation, and what research her group will be undertaking in the Genome Biology Unit at EMBL Heidelberg.
Hamburg, 18 November 2014 On a SAXS quest Over the past few years, Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) has grown rapidly in popularity as a powerful tool for bio-molecular structure determination. In an attempt to meet the increasing demand, the SAXS group at EMBL Hamburg, led by Dmitri Svergun, hold regular courses and workshops across the globe, but the biennial EMBO Practical Course on Solution Scattering from Biological Macromolecules held at EMBL Hamburg remains the course to attend in the quest for optimal SAXS data.
General, 17 November 2014 Welcome: Judith Zaugg Whether it’s combining different levels of information or collaborating with people in a variety of fields, the art of connecting is key to new group leader Judith Zaugg. Find out more about her inspiration and motivation, and what research her group will be undertaking in the Structural and Computational Biology Unit at EMBL Heidelberg.
General, 14 November 2014 40 questions, answered Some retroviruses are able to carry out reverse transcription using special enzymes. Why doesn’t reverse translation happen? Is it possible to induce it in the lab setting? This question, asked by Pranavathiyani Gnanasekar from India, is answered by Alfredo Castello at EMBL Heidelberg.
General, 11 November 2014 Polish connections Poland is EMBL’s newest prospect member state, and connection, cooperation and collaboration are now high on the agenda for the Laboratory and the country's research institutions. One person who knows both EMBL and Poland well is Anna Bartosik, a PhD student in the Knop group at EMBL Heidelberg from 2008 to 2012, before moving on to a postdoc at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw.
Hinxton, 4 November 2014 Building an EMPIAR Now, there is a place where the structural biology and imaging communities can access the raw data used to derive 3D structures, driving the development of new and better validation methods. EMPIAR (pdbe.org/empiar) lets researchers upload their raw data – which often amounts to hundreds of gigabytes – and download other raw datasets. It sits alongside the Electron Microscopy Data Bank (EMDB), where 3D images are stored.
Grenoble, 4 November 2014 Zombies and crystals This year’s Fête de la Science in France lasted three weeks, from 26 September to 19 October, and – in celebration of the International Year of Crystallography – included a fun selection of crystallography-based events throughout Grenoble. Local activities culminated in an Open Day held jointly by EMBL Grenoble and the neighbouring Institut de Biologie Structurale on 18 October.
Heidelberg, 3 November 2014 Witamy! EMBL welcomes Poland as prospect member state In a Statement of Intent signed this month, Poland becomes a prospect member state of EMBL, and the new partners agree to explore possibilities for long-term cooperation, with a view to the country becoming a full member state within three years.