Issue 101

Online Magazine of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Why time is of the essence in development

Developmental biologists have long appreciated the critical importance of when things happen, at what pace, and how they correlate with the major transitional events of development. With progress in theory, imaging technology, and techniques like microfluidics, scientists are now able to study developing systems in a much more dynamic manner – yielding findings that could even be drivers for preventing and treating developmental diseases and disorders. Fundamental research conducted by scientists at EMBL Heidelberg is helping us gain a clearer understanding of living systems and the varied internal and external cues that provoke changes in form, function, and behaviour.

Other stories

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The secret of molecular promiscuity

Promiscuity is critical for nourishment. How? This question lies at the focus of research by the Löw Group at EMBL Hamburg. Using structural biology methods, they explore how specialised molecules located in the cell membrane allow cells absorb nutrients from their environment.

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Taking science on the road

With the new advanced mobile laboratory, EMBL is taking its service offerings to new heights, bringing cutting-edge life science technologies to the field in a way never seen before.

Remembering the moment EMBL was established

The EMBL agreement, which made reality the idea of creating a European laboratory for life sciences, was signed in 1973 and ratified in 1974. Fifty years later, we look back at this historic moment.

Female scientist

Advocating for a generalist approach to science and life

Sara Fahs, who did her PhD from EMBL Heidelberg and is one of the newest members of the EMBL alumni association board, writes about key insights from her journey in science and her work on medicinal chemistry, during a career spanning academia and industry.

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Awards and honours (Issue 101)

The work and excellence of EMBL researchers have been recognised with multiple awards and honours during the past six months.


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