25 January 2024
Sponges lack muscles and neurons. Yet, they make coordinated movements. Scientists at EMBL Heidelberg have discovered that sponge movement is controlled by an ancient ‘relaxant-inflammatory’ response that is also present in vertebrate blood vessels. The findings shed light on sponge physiology…
15 May 2023
EMBL researchers are pushing the frontiers of big data analysis in biological imaging, allowing scientists to gain a many-layered and multidimensional view of organisms, tissues, and cells in action.
11 April 2023
EMBL Member States, Lab Matters
Europe’s life sciences laboratory EMBL on 5 April welcomed Council delegates Ivana Lagator and Lidija Vukcevic from the Montenegrin Ministry of Science and Technological Development, and University of Montenegro representative Professor Danilo Mrdak, to discuss expanding research and training…
13 March 2023
An annual Corporate Partnership Programme meeting provided a forum for EMBL researchers and industry representatives to discuss mobile labs, planetary biology, and other areas of common interest.
8 March 2023
EMBL is leading the TREC project: the first pan-European and cross-disciplinary effort to examine life in its natural context.
5 November 2021
What can sponges tell us about the evolution of the brain? Sponges have the genes involved in neuronal function in higher animals. But if sponges don’t have brains, what is the role of these? EMBL scientists imaged the sponge digestive chamber to find out.
5 October 2021
EMBL scientists and colleagues have developed an interactive atlas of the entire marine worm Platynereis dumerilii in its larval stage. The PlatyBrowser resource combines high-resolution gene expression data with volume electron microscopy images.
3 June 2021
Under the innovative Planetary Biology research theme, EMBL scientists aim to understand life in the context of its environment.
31 March 2020
Picture of the week
Paola Bertucci, from the Arendt Group at EMBL Heidelberg, studies the evolution of Platynereis dumerilii – a species of annelid polychaete worm.
28 February 2020
EMBL researchers combine multiple datasets to develop expandable atlas of an entire animal
29 November 2019
Exploring the diverse routes by which EMBL scientists are driving forward neurobiology
18 November 2019
Two recent events have expanded EMBL’s collaboration with one of its newest member states
31 October 2018
EMBL researchers discover that four organs in a marine worm’s head can sense different chemicals
21 February 2018
EMBL scientists discover how a molecule’s role changes from simple metabolite to instructive signal
9 June 2017
EMBL researchers complete a molecular atlas showing gene expression in all cells in an entire animal
13 March 2017
ERC grantee Detlev Arendt shares his vision for the next ten years
30 August 2016
3D printing, gaming, virtual reality and lenticular posters bring new perspectives to research
24 August 2015
EMBL scientists regularly receive prestigious awards – meet the latest honourees.
14 April 2015
New single-cell genomics techniques bring ‘omics to evolution and development research.
25 March 2015
EMBL’s corporate partners zoom in on big data and bioimaging.
2 September 2010
Our cerebral cortex, or pallium, is a big part of what makes us human: art, literature and science would not exist had this most fascinating part of our brain not emerged in some less intelligent ancestor in prehistoric times. But when did this occur and what were these ancestors? Unexpectedly,…
31 January 2010
The last ancestor we shared with worms, which roamed the seas around 600 million years ago, may already have had a sophisticated brain that released hormones into the blood and was connected to various sensory organs. The evidence comes not from a newly found fossil but from the study of microRNAs…
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