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Different parts of a fruit fly arranged into an artificial green eye.

The eye of science

This image is a composite of lateral pentascolopidial organs, a wing imaginal disc pouch, and an epithelial wound in a Drosophila larva. The organs…

By Mathias Jäger

Picture of the week

Black and white photo of Phil Avner sitting in his office and looking at his smartphone. a large stack of papers on his desk

Arrivederci Phil!

As he enters retirement, Head of EMBL Rome Phil Avner reflects on his scientific career and memories from his time as Head of EMBL’s site in…

By Rossana De Lorenzi

Lab Matters

Logo of the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems. Left: A chalkboard drawing of Europe. Right: the letters E L L I S in different colours.

Bridging artificial intelligence and the life sciences – launch of ELLIS Heidelberg

Researchers from all life science disciplines – from fundamental biological research to medical applications – generate immense datasets.…

By Mathias Jäger

Lab Matters

The tuatara, an iguana-like reptile with a crest of spikes, sits on a forest floor.

The curious genome of the tuatara, an ancient reptile in peril

A global team of researchers including the Flicek Team at EMBL-EBI has partnered up with the Māori tribe Ngātiwai to sequence the genome of the…

By Mehdi Khadraoui

Science

A long string of cells - red in the centre, yellow at the border.

Fish close-up

This group of cells represents an interesting example of organ formation where cells simultaneously move and change their shapes in a highly…

By Mathias Jäger

Picture of the week

A woman with glasses holds a book. The book cover says "Gene naming rules". Thought bubbles float around her head and display gene symbols like BRCA1.

Bagpipe and Pokemon, or how not to name a human gene

The human genome harbours about 19 000 protein-coding genes, many of which still have no known function. As scientists unveil the secrets of our DNA,…

By Mehdi Khadraoui

Science

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