Heidelberg, 16 February 2017 Sartorius joins EMBL’s Corporate Partnership Programme EMBL has strengthened its links with enterprise by welcoming Sartorius to the EMBL Advanced Training Centre (ATC) Corporate Partnership Programme. Sartorius is a leading international pharmaceutical and laboratory equipment provider with two divisions: bioprocess solutions and laboratory products and services.
Heidelberg, Hinxton, 16 February 2017 New collaboration between EMBL and GSK EMBL and GSK have signed a collaboration agreement to leverage the skills of both organisations to enhance understanding of disease and drug mechanisms and advance early drug discovery. EMBL and GSK will jointly develop and apply cutting edge technologies that will allow the comprehensive characterisation of how a potential new medicine will interact with human biology on a molecular, cellular and organ level to better predict its actions in the human body.
Grenoble, 15 February 2017 Beamline 14’s legacy Between 2010 and 2016, a fruitful collaboration between EMBL, the ESRF and the Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB) based in New Delhi, India allowed hundreds of Indian scientists to access the resources and services offered by EMBL and ESRF and to further their research at a pace that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. But, like other beamlines at the ESRF, BM14’s time is drawing to a close.
Heidelberg, 14 February 2017 Lipids in real time We know much less about the way fat molecules – or lipids – behave in cells than we do about other molecules like proteins. A new chemical biology technique developed at EMBL and reported in the journal PNAS may be about to change that, as study author Carsten Schultz explains.
Heidelberg, Hinxton, 13 February 2017 Genetic switches can change shape Scientists in Eileen Furlong and Oliver Stegle’s labs at EMBL have revealed, for the first time, that genetic differences between individuals can affect promoter shape. Promoters are sequences of DNA that turn genes on. The EMBL scientists also discovered that a promoter's shape – the area of genetic sequence that it controls – influences how much its output varies from cell to cell. The work is published today in Nature Genetics.
Heidelberg, 26 January 2017 Degrees of excellence We catch up with Helke Hillebrand on leaving EMBL after 9 years as Academic Coordinator and Dean of Graduate Studies. “Throughout my time at EMBL, my goal has been to develop the programmes in ways that enable fellows to explore science at its best, to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them and to be fully informed when planning their next career steps,” says Helke.
Hinxton, 26 January 2017 Genetics of ‘room-mate’ influences health Researchers at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) have shown that the health of individual mice is influenced by the genetic makeup of their partners. Their work on social genetic effects, published in PLOS Genetics, indicates that research into genetics and disease should include the genotypes of both individuals and their partners.
Grenoble, 25 January 2017 Welcome: Wojciech Galej Wojciech Galej is very new to EMBL, but his lab overlooking the Chartreuse Mountains is filling up quickly. Soon his group will use state-of-the-art methods in structural biology and biochemistry to investigate the structure of large RNA-protein complexes.
Heidelberg. Hinxton, 12 January 2017 Buffering mechanism protects embryonic development Researchers from EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany and EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, UK have pinpointed thousands of potentially functional genetic variants that disrupt gene regulation during embryonic development. The findings, published in Nature, reveal buffering mechanisms that cancel out detrimental effects of genetic variation during embryonic development.