Aug 052014

Have you ever wondered…

1407_40q1How do you pronounce “Helicobacter pylori”? How does genetic sequencing work? How do I become the director general of a top international research facility?

As part of our 40th anniversary celebration, we’re asking you to ask EMBL…anything!

Submit your question via Facebook, Twitter @EMBLorg, Google+ or YouTube, tagged #EMBL40Q, or via the form below. Questions can come in any format, and in any of our member states’ languages, but will be answered in English.

Forty questions will be chosen based on their relevance to EMBL’s expertise and audience interest, and answered by EMBL experts until the end of the year.

Keep an eye on our social media pages and this website to see if your question has been selected. Who knows – you might just learn something unexpected!

Click here to view the 40 Questions Submission Form.

Jul 312014

ISH@EMBL2014027We immensely enjoyed interacting with the participants of the International Summer Science School Heidelberg 2014.

It has been an impressing group of international students who have joined us for the practical workshop at EMBL. We have done hands-on experiments in the training labs of the EMBL Advanced Training Center, explored the biology of the model system Zebrafish in the EMBL Fish House and investigated the physical properties and the usage of fluorescent proteins in modern life science research.

We wish all of the students a nice stay in Heidelberg and are quite sure that they will profit from their experiences during their internships in Heidelberg’s research institutions.



Jul 302014

International Summer Science School Heidelberg 2014 at EMBLIn a few minutes we will be starting the International Summer Science School Heidelberg 2014 at EMBL.

A group of international students will visit EMBL and during the course we will do exciting wet-lab experiments together, visit EMBL research facilities and perform a bioinformatics treasure hunt to find out more about our “molecule of the day”.

Looking forward to welcoming the participants of the International Summer Science School Heidelberg 2014 (ISH 2014).

Stay tuned to hear more about the course on our Twitter and ELLS Facebook channels:

Twitter: @ ELLS_Heidelberg


More general information about the ISH programme can be found here:

Jul 242014
EMBL Forschercamp starting soon!

We are looking forward to welcoming the participants of the EMBL Research Camp (EMBL Forschercamp) at EMBL on Friday and Saturday this week. Our video teaser below provides some more information on what the registered participants will experience. Wir freuen uns sehr, zusammen mit den TeilnehmerInnen des EMBL Forschercamps zwei spannende Tage packende EMBL-Forschung zu erleben! more
Jul 162014
Application deadline coming soon for ELLS LearningLAB

Only a few days left to register for the ELLS LearningLAB!  Date: 29 – 30 September 2014 LearningLAB title: ‘Log in to Science – Forschern auf der Spur: Forschungssimulation am Beispiel der Eisenspeicherkrankheit (Hämochromatose)’ Location: EMBL Heidelberg, Germany Course language: German Application deadline: 20 July 2014 In this ELLS LearningLAB participants will be introduced to log2EMBL more
Jul 082014
ELLS Newsletter Summer 2014

The new edition of the ELLS Newsletter is now online! Our Summer edition, which can be accessed here, features the new ELLS bioinformatics teaching resource collection, the EMBL School Ambassadors Scheme as well as several upcoming ELLS events in Germany, Greece and online. To find out more or register for an event, please take a more
Jul 032014
Is this the last decade of antibiotics?

ELLS Guest Blog by Kanchan Anand The WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, stated recently: “Effective antibiotics have been one of the pillars allowing us to live longer, live healthier, and benefit from modern medicine”. At one or the other time, directly or indirectly, we all have been exposed to antibiotics. We more
Jun 302014
Cancer by remote-control

Overlooked DNA shuffling drives deadly paediatric brain tumour

In a nutshell:

• Identified key genes behind Group 3 medulloblastoma
• Gene-activation process not typically looked-for in solid tumors: large-scale DNA rearrangements put genes close to enhancers
• 1st mouse model that truly mimics the genetics of this paediatric brain tumour.

One of the deadliest forms of paediatric brain tumour, Group 3 medulloblastoma, is linked to a variety of large-scale DNA rearrangements which all have the same overall effect on specific genes located on different chromosomes. The finding, by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), both in Heidelberg, Germany, and Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in San Diego, USA, is published online in Nature last week.

To date, the only gene known to play an important role in Group 3 medulloblastoma was a gene called MYC, but that gene alone couldn’t explain some of the unique characteristics of this particular type of medulloblastoma, which has a higher metastasis rate and overall poorer prognosis than other types of this childhood brain tumour. To tackle the question, Jan Korbel’s group at EMBL and collaborators at DKFZ tried to identify new genes involved, taking advantage of the large number of medulloblastoma genome sequences now known. more
May 262014
Insights into genetics of cleft lip

How long-distance control impacts face formation

In a nutshell:

Stretch of DNA linked to greater susceptibility of cleft lip and cleft palate acts on far-away gene

Ultimately controls 2 groups of genes: face-builders and ribosome-makers

Could increase sensitivity to environmental factors like smoking or drinking during pregnancy

Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, have identified how a specific stretch of DNA controls far-off genes to influence the formation of the face. The study, published today in Nature Genetics, helps understand the genetic causes of cleft lip and cleft palate, which are among the most common congenital malformations in humans. more
May 232014
EMBL Forschercamp 2014

Applications for the EMBL Forschercamp (in German) are now invited. Auf den Spuren des Lebens – Eine Entdeckungsreise in die Welt der Zellen und Moleküle 25./26. Juli 2014, EMBL Heidelberg   HOBBY-FORSCHER ZWISCHEN 12 UND 100 JAHREN FÜR ZWEI TAGE GESUCHT – JETZT BEWERBEN! Wir laden Sie ein zu einer spannenden Entdeckungsreise in die Welt more
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