Hinxton, 20 July 2017 UK Biobank partners with the EGA Genomic data from the 500,000 people participating in the UK Biobank initiative will be distributed via the European Genome–phenome Archive (EGA), a resource developed jointly by the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG). UK Biobank provides extremely detailed, high-quality datasets on individuals. It is an unprecedented collection that offers endless possibility and substantial efficiency savings for biomedical research and understanding the causes of disease.
Heidelberg, Grenoble, 11 July 2017 Cyclists rise to charity challenge 905 kilometers, 11096 height meters, in five days: that was the challenge for 16 EMBL staff who successfully completed an epic journey from EMBL’s Heidelberg campus to the institute’s site in Grenoble. The event, which saw the riders pass through three countries, traverse mountains and even take in some of the official Tour de France route, was organised by EMBL’s Bike Club and raised money in support of the ‘Kinderplanet’ at the University Children’s Hospital in Heidelberg.
Rome, 10 July 2017 New name for EMBL’s site in Italy EMBL’s unit in Italy is changing name to reflect better its new research focuses and highlight its location for EMBL’s international audience. It is now the: Epigenetics and Neurobiology Unit, EMBL Rome. Becoming the “Epigenetics and Neurobiology Unit” places the unit in a forward-thinking dynamic, while being much more transparent than its previous title. This new title highlights the two topics in which the unit is strongest and aims to make a difference in the next few years.
General, 7 July 2017 EIROforum, a driver for international science Science has been one of the European project’s great success stories. Since the turn of the millennium, research has been placed centre-stage in the development of a knowledge-based economy. Large European scientific facilities and infrastructures have played a crucial role in driving collaborative research – the creation of EIROforum in 2002 saw the realisation of a visionary consortium that unites Europe’s largest intergovernmental research infrastructure organisations in promoting the quality and impact of European research.
Hamburg, 6 July 2017 CSSB opens its doors On 29 June, at a ceremony in front of 700 guests, the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) in Hamburg, was officially opened. At the event on the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) Campus in Hamburg, Helmut Dosch, Chairman of the DESY Board of Directors, presented Head of EMBL Hamburg and CSSB Scientific Director Matthias Wilmanns with a key to the building in front of the assembled guests.
General, 29 June 2017 Solving the nucleosome: twenty years on Ahead of the EMBO conference The Nucleosome: From Atoms to Genomes, speaker Tim Richmond looks back on the work that revealed the high-resolution structure of the nucleosome. Starting from a linear DNA strand, the first level of organisation involves a structure called the nucleosome, in which DNA is wound for two turns around a cluster of eight proteins called histones. A single strand of DNA has many nucleosomes at regular intervals along its length – an arrangement that’s often compared to beads on a string. In the early 1980s the structure of the nucleosome was still mysterious, although several research groups were working on the problem.
Heidelberg, 28 June 2017 EMBL Council selects next Director General At its 53rd meeting yesterday, EMBL Council selected Edith Heard as the organisation's fifth Director General. Heard's mandate is scheduled to begin 1 January 2019. She is currently Director of the Genetics and Developmental Biology Unit at Institut Curie and holds the chair of Epigenetics and Cellular Memory at the Collège de France. "Edith is an outstanding molecular biologist and scientific leader with a lot of international experience. Her clear scientific vision, her participatory leadership style, and her engagement at all levels of research, service and training make her a perfect choice,” said Patrick Cramer, Chair of EMBL Council.
Hinxton, 26 June 2017 The sexual dimorphism dilemma The sex of animals has an effect on the results of biomedical research and should be considered in design of scientific studies, according to researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium. This statement, published in Nature Communications, is based on the discovery that the differences between male and female mice have an effect that could significantly alter the interpretation of studies using animal models with only one gender (sex).
Hinxton, 26 June 2017 Mouse genes could help decipher human disease Researchers at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and their collaborators in the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) have fully characterised thousands of mouse genes for the first time. Published in Nature Genetics, the results offer hundreds of new disease models and reveal previously unknown gene functions. The 3328 genes described in this publication by the IMPC represent approximately 15% of the mouse genome.
Hinxton, 14 June 2017 Open imaging data for biology A picture may be worth a thousand words, but only if you understand what you are looking at. The life sciences rely increasingly on 2D, 3D and 4D image data, but its staggering heterogeneity and size make it extremely difficult to collate into a central resource, link to other data types and share with the research community. To address this challenge, scientists at the University of Dundee, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), the University of Bristol and the University of Cambridge have launched a prototype repository for imaging data: the Image Data Resource (IDR).