General, 27 August 2014 Nordic networks Researchers are convening in Umeå, Sweden this week for the annual network meeting of the Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine. The Partnership – which has grown from scratch in 2008 to more than 40 research groups mostly led by young researchers – brings together the Danish Institute for Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE), the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM), the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), the Centre for Molecular Medicine Norway (NCMM) and EMBL with the shared goal of tailoring approaches to the benefit of patients. Ahead of the meeting, we caught up with NCMM Director and speaker of the Partnership Kjetil Taskén.
General, 11 August 2014 From students to mentors “We had the coolest project, the best mentors and the best team – it was a really, really nice experience!” These were the words that Sara from Belgrade, a big fan of theoretical physicist Richard Feynman, used to describe her experience at the Summer School of Science (or S3++) in Pozega, Croatia.
Hamburg, 7 August 2014 Double act How can you find the same thing both attractive and repulsive? For growing neurons, the answer is in how they engage with it. The findings, published online today in Neuron, stem from the 3D structure of Netrin-1 bound to one of the sensor molecules – receptors – the cell uses to detect it. The work, by scientists at EMBL Hamburg, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Peking University could also have implications for cancer treatment.
Hinxton, 7 August 2014 New, improved human genome Ensembl has incorporated a vast amount of knowledge into a fully annotated reference human genome, GRCh38. Their work builds on the release of a new assembly by the Genome Research Consortium, and provides a solid foundation for future genomics research.
Heidelberg, 6 August 2014 Unpacking iron overload Scientists from EMBL Heidelberg and the University Clinic Heidelberg shed new light on the molecular background of a rare form of the iron overload disorder haemochromatosis. This hereditary disease, which leads the body to store excessive amounts of iron, is among the most common genetic disorders in Northern Europe, affecting about 100,000 people in Germany alone.