Cell division

From cell to mouse – how tissues differentiate

Shedding light on the mechanisms that control the fate of embryonic…

By Mehdi Khadraoui


Cell duplication

What looks like a pair of scary alien eyes is actually the final stage in the duplication of a cell. Cell duplication is preceded by a process called…

By Mathias Jäger

Picture of the week

Year 2018 standing on library shelf

Most popular articles of the year: 2018

A collection of the most read articles from the EMBL news website in…

By Josh Tapley

Lab Matters

A dynamic protein atlas of a human cell. IMAGE: Aleksandra Krolik/EMBL

First interactive model of human cell division

Real-time tracking of proteins during mitosis is now possible using a 4D computer…

By Iris Kruijen


Artistic 3D rendering of the dual spindle in the mammalian zygote. IMAGE: Cartasiova, Hossain, Reichmann, Ellenberg/EMBL

Parental chromosomes kept apart during first division

Mammalian life begins differently than we…

By Iris Kruijen


Cycle of life

Paul Nurse’s failed experiment inspired a career that would uncover key mechanisms of cell…

By Adam Gristwood


First complete, real-time recording of starfish egg cell eliminating centrioles shows it handles mature ‘mother’ centrioles (green) and immature ‘daughter’ centrioles (purple) differently.

Mothers and daughters

1st real-time video of starfish egg cell eliminating crucial structures, to ensure embryo…

By Sonia Furtado Neves


During cell division, DNA (purple) must be correctly grouped and divided between daughter cells. IMAGE: Nasser Rusan, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

A cohesive structure

Structural insights into how cohesin keeps DNA together during the cell…

By Rosemary Wilson


First, catch your DNA

DNA-coralling protein complex in an unexpected…

By Dan Jones


Circling chromosomes. Chromosomes (blue) form a ‘belt’ around the centre of the spindle (green), discovered by the EMBL scientists.

Fishing games gone wrong

When an egg cell is being formed, the cellular machinery which separates chromosomes is extremely imprecise at fishing them out of the cell’s…

By Guest author(s)


Condensin loops around several strands of DNA, keeping it coiled up and easier to transport. (Artistic impression) Image credits: EMBL/ P. Riedinger

Keeping it together

As any rock-climber knows, trailing a long length of rope behind you is not easy. A dangling length of rope is unwieldy and hard to manoeuvre, and…

By Guest author(s)


Constant overlap

During cell division, microtubules emanating from each of the spindle poles meet and overlap in the spindle’s midzone. Scientists at the European…

By Guest author(s)



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