A scientist (only their hand is visible) inserting a 96-well plate into a sample dispensing device in the Sample Preparation and Characterisation Facility in Hamburg.

SPC Facility in Hamburg supports a new pan-European consortium

The Sample Preparation and Characterisation (SPC) Facility at EMBL Hamburg is one of the founding members of the Molecular-Scale Biophysics Research…

By Dorota Badowska

Lab Matters

Top row: The evolution of tumour cells (green) within a normal organoid (grey) shown in three panels. Lower row: Surface rendition of tumour cells and labels new cells that arise from a single cell in the same colour.

A tool to improve cancer research

EMBL scientists have created a new, realistic 3D testbed that could help achieve the goal of stopping cancers before they start by studying cancer…

By Ivy Kupec


Close-up view of the interior of a protein analytics system

Exploring synthetic antibodies to stop coronavirus

Scientists at EMBL Hamburg and Karolinska Institutet Stockholm aim to find synthetic antibodies – known as nanobodies – that bind a surface…

By Marius Bruer


New EMBL group leader Sara Cuylen-Häring will explore biophysical properties of chromosomes and other cellular assemblies.

Welcome: Sara Cuylen-Häring

New EMBL group leader explores biophysical properties of chromosomes and other cellular…

By Berta Carreño


Looping the loops: how chromosomes form

EMBL researchers and collaborators unravel how chromosomes…

By Edward Dadswell


Watching nuclear pores in growing nuclei

Puzzle of nuclear pore formation in growing nuclei…

By Laura Howes


Data by Natalia Wesolowska has been visualised in 3D stereoscopic view, as an anaglyph and a 3D lenticular poster by Stefan Günther & Gustavo de Medeiros at EMBL

See data in a new light

3D printing, gaming, virtual reality and lenticular posters bring new perspectives to…

By Sonia Furtado Neves


Cells that contract more strongly (pink) move inwards to form the embryo. IMAGE: Jean-Léon Maître/EMBL

The force is strong with embryo cells

Strength of contraction determines whether cells become embryo or…

By Sonia Furtado Neves


Alba Diz-Muñoz. PHOTO: Hugo Neves/EMBL Photolab

Welcome: Alba Diz-Muñoz

New group leader combines physics and biology to answer the 'hows' of cell…

By Sonia Furtado Neves


A small loop (green) of the atomic structure of DAPK shown to be crucial for dimer formation and binding with its signaling partner Calmodulin. IMAGE: Petra Riedinger/EMBL

Enzyme with a dual-purpose loop

Unexpected results: structure of DAPK enzyme reveals dual-purpose…

By Rosemary Wilson


Digital zebrafish embryo provided the first complete developmental blueprint of a vertebrate in 2008. IMAGE: EMBL/Keller et al.

SPIM doctors

From initial development to a start-up company: Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM) at…

By Sam Lemonick


Periodic Table of Protein Complexes, Ahnert et al., Science 2015

Periodic table of protein complexes

Making it easier to visualise, understand and predict how proteins combine to drive biological…

By Mary Todd Bergman



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