General, 21 November 2017 Obituary: Fotis Kafatos It is with great sadness that EMBL learned of the passing of Fotis Kafatos, former EMBL Director-General, who died on Saturday 18 November at the age of 77. Fotis was EMBL’s third Director General from 1993-2005. His contributions to science and the scientific community over five decades in the US and Europe had a significant influence on the advancement of molecular biology on both sides of the Atlantic.
Heidelberg, 20 November 2017 EMBL and HeidelbergCement explore ways to reduce carbon A new Memorandum of Understanding co-signed by EMBL and HeidelbergCement aims to encourage beneficial knowledge exchange in areas related to carbon emission reduction, avoidance and recovery, as well as driving innovation.
Heidelberg, 14 November 2017 High-res Ebola model could spark new questions Although the ravages of the Ebola virus are no secret, the structure of some of the virus’ most minute components have remained a mystery. EMBL’s John Briggs explains the key finding of a recent paper published in Nature that reveals the make-up of a critical part of the Ebola virus, called the nucleocapsid.
Hamburg, 14 November 2017 CSSB: A new approach to infectious disease On the DESY campus in Hamburg, the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) is ready to make its mark as the new kid on the block and tackle some of the most important questions relating to how infections take hold in our bodies
Grenoble, 10 November 2017 Supercool structures: New cryo-EM facility Today, EMBL and ESRF re-expressed their commitment to working together by extending their bilateral collaboration agreement until 2021. The first agreement was signed in 1997, soon after the opening of ESRF. It sets out how the two institutions collaborate on developing new instruments and offering innovative services to structural biologists worldwide.
Hinxton, 7 November 2017 A smart cabinet of curiosities In the 16th Century, the desire to collect and enhance knowledge about our world gave rise to the cabinet of curiosities. Today, those same tendencies drive EMBL-EBI’s data resources. Find out how open data is changing our pursuit of scientific discovery.
Heidelberg, 2 November 2017 What bizarre flies have taught us Flies with oddly-coloured eyes, flies with multiple pairs of wings, flies with legs on their head. Since the early 20th century, scientists have been creating curious-looking flies. These flies were bred not because of some fascination with the bizarre, but for what they could tell us about how traits are passed from parents to offspring, how embryos develop into adults, and how our environment affects us. From chromosomes to courtship dances, here are some examples of what humans have learned – and are still learning – from fruit flies.
Heidelberg, 25 October 2017 To laugh, and then think The Ig Nobel Prizes are renowned as a spoof alternative to the Nobel Prizes. The annual Ig Nobel awards ceremony is a celebration of curious, imaginative studies that make people laugh. Yet while studies of cats behaving like liquids or frogs levitating inside of a magnet might have you chortling, its founder Marc Abrahams has an equally important purpose in mind for the Prizes: to get you to think. Abrahams is also editor of the Annals of Improbable Research and will give an EMBL Forum on Science and Society talk at EMBL in Heidelberg on 4 December.