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Black-and-white sphere with coronavirus spike protein structures and a two-layered ring of virus membrane superimposed.

Variations on a spike

What does coronavirus’s spike protein look like in 3D? EMBL scientists and colleagues used cryo-electron tomography and molecular dynamics…

By Marius Bruer

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EMBL Heidelberg's main building, the top of the façade lit up by sunlight.

Morning sun

Throwback to June 2014: While EMBL Heidelberg’s main entrance is still in the dark, the well-known EMBL logo is already lit by the morning…

By Mathias Jäger

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Sea anemone polyp seen through a microscope, cell nuclei and muscles highlighted.

A multifunctional mouth

This image of a young Nematostella vectensis polyp shows two of the characteristic tentacles as well as the gaping mouth of the…

By Mathias Jäger

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A close-up photo of a shiny droplet of liquid that has been placed into one of the wells of a crystallisation plate.

Droplet beauty

Scientists at EMBL Hamburg use droplets of protein solution to grow protein crystals. By exposing the crystals to X-rays, they are able to determine…

By Dorota Badowska

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Man pouring water in a glass bottle to make coffee.

Green coffee at EMBL

The cafeteria at EMBL Heidelberg now offers espresso and cappuccino with a more intense flavour and which are produced in a ‘green’…

By Mathias Jäger

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Pink blooming tree in front of functional building.

Italian Spring

EMBL’s site in Monterotondo has recently been blessed with blue skies and sunshine, leading to trees blooming early on…

By Mathias Jäger

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This photo shows the European Photon and Neutron (EPN) science campus on the peninsula at the confluence of the Isère and Drac rivers, where EMBL Grenoble is located.

Touch of springtime in Grenoble

This photo shows the European Photon and Neutron (EPN) science campus where EMBL Grenoble is located. A delightful spring breeze in the air melts the…

By Mylène André

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Sleeping beauty

Like caterpillars turning into beautiful butterflies, fruit fly larvae have to go through metamorphosis to finish their development. However, despite…

By Mathias Jäger

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Greyscale image of a cell with its internal components visible

Seeing through a cell

Liang Xue used cryo-electron tomography to capture this detailed image of a Mycoplasma pneumoniae…

By Mathias Jäger

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An assembly of proteins in an enzyme, presented in a cartoon style.

Cellular modern art

This week's Picture of the Week, which could also be a masterpiece of modern art, shows the enzyme RNA polymerase III, an assembly of 17 individual…

By Mathias Jäger

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Crystal cubes seen through a microscope

Purity, beauty, and perfection

The regular structures of crystals are a source of inspiration and fascination to us humans. While the crystals in this picture were not grown in…

By Mathias Jäger

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A bacterial cell with the parts needed for information flow from DNA to messenger RNA to protein highlighted in different colours.

The central dogma of molecular biology

This colourful image shows biological information flow in action: It’s a supramolecular assembly of DNA, RNA and proteins, observed directly inside…

By Mathias Jäger

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