4 April 2023
EMBL’s planetary biology flagship TREC expedition has officially started. The new project applies EMBL's expertise and technologies in molecular and cellular biology to current environmental challenges, and connects with a wide range of research disciplines.
8 March 2023
EMBL is leading the TREC project: the first pan-European and cross-disciplinary effort to examine life in its natural context.
28 September 2022
New research by EMBL scientists shows at atomic detail how antibiotics affect the process of protein production inside bacteria.
15 September 2022
EMBL researchers used data from over 300 human faecal microbiota transplants to gain an ecological understanding of what happens when two gut microbiomes clash.
15 December 2021
Bork Group at EMBL Heidelberg analysed a new global gene database to study how genes emerge and spread across various habitats on our planet. In the future, the group will expand the database and use it for studying microbial gene evolution and dispersal at a finer-grained scale.
8 December 2021
Researchers studying a massive cohort of European patients have found that commonly prescribed drugs for cardiometabolic disorders can have long-term effects on the gut microbiome. Such effects can complicate the understanding of how disease affects the microbiome and must be taken into…
8 September 2021
A new collaborative study led by EMBL group leaders Kiran Patil, Nassos Typas, and Peer Bork has found that common medications accumulate in human gut bacteria. This process reduces drug effectiveness and affects the metabolism of common gut microbes, thereby altering the gut microbiome.
30 July 2021
Distinctions recognise Peer’s development and sharing of bioinformatics tools as well as his significant contributions to bioinformatics research, education, and services.
16 June 2021
Researchers investigate how external factors can influence the persistence of microbe species in the human gut
3 June 2021
Under the innovative Planetary Biology research theme, EMBL scientists aim to understand life in the context of its environment.
25 April 2019
EMBL scientists have discovered that the proteome is substantially affected by both sex and diet
26 February 2019
Many microbes traverse the oral-gut barrier
1 August 2018
First global survey of soil genomics reveals a war between fungi and bacteria
11 July 2018
Scientists show how bacteria and other microorganisms are passed on from mother to child
19 April 2018
Dog and human gut microbiomes have more similar genes and responses to diet than previously thought
19 March 2018
One in four drugs with human targets inhibit the growth of bacteria in the human gut, and may promote antibiotic resistance, EMBL researchers report in Nature
19 March 2018
EMBL scientists show how to grow a wide range of gut bacteria in the lab
20 October 2016
Participants learn about EMBL’s ocean biodiversity research at the Fall Gala
29 August 2016
EMBL scientists regularly receive prestigious awards – meet the latest honourees.
24 June 2016
27 former Bork lab members joined Peer for a full-day get-together this summer
28 April 2016
Stool transplants: finding the right match important, EMBL study shows
20 August 2015
Collaboration between scientists reveals collaboration between lipids.
21 July 2011
A fungus that lives at extremely high temperatures could help understand structures within our own cells. Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and Heidelberg University, both in Heidelberg, Germany, were the first to sequence and analyse the genome of a heat-loving fungus,…
20 April 2011
In the future, when you walk into a doctor’s surgery or hospital, you could be asked not just about your allergies and blood group, but also about your gut type. Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, and collaborators in the international MetaHIT…
4 March 2010
The thousands of bacteria, fungi and other microbes that live in our gut are essential contributors to our good health. They break down toxins, manufacture some vitamins and essential amino acids, and form a barrier against invaders. A study published today in Nature shows that, at 3.3 million,…
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…
26 November 2009
What are the bare essentials of life, the indispensable ingredients required to produce a cell that can survive on its own? Can we describe the molecular anatomy of a cell, and understand how an entire organism functions as a system? These are just some of the questions that scientists in a…
3 February 2005
Most things that happen in the cell are the work of ‘molecular machines’ – complexes of proteins that carry out important cellular functions. Until now, scientists didn’t have a clear idea of when proteins form these machines – are these complexes pre-fabricated or put…
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