Barcelona, 16 February 2018 Women in Science Day School Event Neus Martinez and Xavi Diego, members of the Sharpe Group at EMBL Barcelona, visited the Eulàlia Bota Primary School, in the north of the city, to talk about women, science and curiosity with 6-year-old children. The objective of the event was to awake the Einstein and Marie Curie in them and try to share the idea that anyone could be a scientist as long as they are curious!
Heidelberg, 13 February 2018 The future of Training (2) 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of EMBL’s course and conference programme and ten years of training at EMBL-EBI. The second part of the mini-series keeps on exploring how EMBL training experts believe scientific training will evolve in the future.
Hinxton, 12 February 2018 Study identifies new diabetes genes Researchers at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), with colleagues at the Helmholtz Center Munich and the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC), have identified hundreds of genes that could play an important role in the development of metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Published in Nature Communications, the study identified novel links to metabolic traits for 429 genes in mice, and showed that 23 of these genes may play a role in human diabetes.
General, 12 February 2018 On the orchids of Darwin For Darwin Day, EMBL’s Andrea Cerase reflects on Darwin’s studies of orchids, which helped to establish the idea that many types of flowers are insect pollinated, and laid the foundations for an important branch of evolutionary studies – co-evolution.
Heidelberg, 31 January 2018 Using mini brains to understand big brains Ahead of the “Tissue Self-Organisation: Challenging the System” conference, speaker Madeline Lancaster shares how curiosity and serendipity culminated in her pioneering method to grow cerebral organoids. These miniaturised and simplified versions of the human brain produced in the lab are now used by researchers around the world.
Rome, 15 January 2018 Welcome: Matthieu Boulard New EMBL group leader Matthieu Boulard will work with his team in the Epigenetics and Neurobiology Unit to explore how stable gene silencing works. The central question that drives his research is why the addition of methyl groups to DNA prevents genes from being expressed. Boulard sees success as requiring a crucial mixture of creativity, good timing, and a high degree of tolerance to failure.