Edit

About the author

Doreen Feike

Doreen Feike has a passion for science communication and is actively involved in the outreach programme at EMBL. She studied biotechnology and has a PhD in plant science.

doreen.feike@embl.de

Articles by Doreen Feike

Reshaping our DNA

DNA is present in each cell of our body. If all the DNA from one human cell was removed and aligned in a single strand, it would in theory add up to a total length of about two metres. In order to fit into the nucleus of a cell, DNA has to be compressed by […]

By Doreen Feike

Picture of the week

EMBL makes insulin visible

The hormone insulin helps to remove sugar from the blood after a meal. This is important, as in the long term high blood sugar levels damage our bodies. Diabetes of type 1 or type 2 is a direct consequence of a failure to produce sufficient insulin or to release it from the cells in which […]

By Doreen Feike

Picture of the week

A mix of sensations

Traditionally, we talk about having five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. In reality, our bodies are capable of much more. Sitting right under our skin are a variety of sensory neurons, which are specialised in detecting light touch, pain, temperature, itch or the body’s position.…

By Doreen Feike

Picture of the week

A giant called dumpy

Fruit flies have something that we don’t have: they produce a protein called dumpy. This protein is the largest created by insects, and is comparable in size to the largest human protein – titin. While titin is vital for our muscle function, dumpy connects the soft cells of the insect’s…

By Doreen Feike

Picture of the week

Tracking the beginning of life

All mammalian life starts with the fusion of egg and sperm, resulting in the creation of a single cell called a zygote. This develops into an embryo through a series of cell divisions, in which the number of cells doubles at each step. Todays’ Picture of the Week was taken by Manuel Eguren of the…

By Doreen Feike

Picture of the week

MEG3 kissing loops essential for tumour suppression

MEG3 adopts a complex three-dimensional structure to fulfil its tumour suppressor function.

By Doreen Feike

Science

Popular

EMBLetc.

Read the latest Issues of our magazine - EMBLetc.

Looking for past print editions of EMBLetc.? Browse our archive, going back 20 years.

EMBLetc. archive
Edit