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A better look at a human RNA polymerase

New EMBL research shows where & to what degree a component of cellular machinery known as RNA Pol III is mutated and becomes…

By Ivy Kupec

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At the core of the Integrator complex

A new paper from the Galej group at EMBL Grenoble describes the structure of key parts of the Integrator complex, involved in gene…

By Mylène André

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B.1.1.7 coronavirus lineage in UK

Insights into the new B.1.1.7 coronavirus lineage

A new lineage of coronavirus was first identified in the UK, but why is it spreading much more rapidly within the…

By Vicky Hatch

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The SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 lineage

A note on the coronavirus variant B.1.1.7, which has first been described in the U.K. and has spread to 57 countries. The note summarises…

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Monitoring dangerous bacteria in freshwater

Freshwater sports can cause waterborne infections, but real-time DNA sequencing could…

By Oana Stroe

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Toadlet peptide transforms into a deadly weapon against bacteria

Researchers at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and EMBL Hamburg, in collaboration with scientists in Israel and Spain, have…

By Dorota Badowska

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Opinion: Scientific disagreements aren’t new to COVID

Understanding why disagreement is good for COVID science. EMBL Deputy Director General Ewan Birney offers tips for sorting through the…

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In kefir, microbial teamwork makes the dream work

Researchers discovered the dominant species of bacteria in kefir grains cannot endure without other species that help the 'team'…

By Ivy Kupec

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Darwin Tree of Life: looking back on 2020

Despite restrictions, 2020 has been a busy year for the Darwin Tree of Life Project. We take a look at some of this year’s achievements and…

By Vicky Hatch

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Stronger together

Gene activation requires the cooperative activity of multiple transcription factors. Until now, the mechanism used by these factors to coordinate…

By Mathias Jäger

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Heating proteins to understand how genes work

A new paper from EMBL’s Savitski team and Typas group describes their work on E. coli and how it brings a greater understanding of the way genes…

By Edward Prior

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Seeing deeper inside cells

While cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) was first envisioned in 1968, the advances the Mahamid group are bringing to this 3D method for studying…

By Ivy Kupec

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