A web-based EMBL Archive – an initiative launched at the EMBL Staff-Alumni Reunion in 2010 – is beginning to take shape.
The Laboratory committed two positions for an archivist and records manager earlier this year, as well as covering the costs of its infrastructure. An online donations platform for material collections and funds was launched this month.
Key figures in the life sciences community have given their backing to this project, among them Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner: “I’m happy to lend strong support to your initiative and wish you all success. Molecular biology is less than 60 years old and there are still some of us whose lives stretch across the entire period – it is important to have a first-hand record of this amazing saga.”
It is important to have a first-hand record of this amazing saga.
This image is a composite of lateral pentascolopidial organs, a wing imaginal disc pouch, and an epithelial wound in a Drosophila larva. The organs are arranged here like eyelashes. Cells surrounding an epidermal wound appear as the iris and pupil of this artistic eye.