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Melina Schuh has received an EMBO Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to the life sciences in Europe.

Melina Schuh receives EMBO Gold Medal

EMBL alumna Melina Schuh recognised for excellence in…

By Guest author(s)

Alumni

As a cell prepares to divide, the chromosomes (shown here in pink) condense, becoming more tightly coiled and easier to observe under the microscope. The faint structure in the centre is a cell nucleus in which the chromosomes are in their usual decondensed state.

Exploring genetic variation

EMBL group leader Jan Korbel reflects on his scientific origins and current…

By Edward Dadswell

Science

Locations of Condensins I and II on chromosomes during cell division

Counting condensins on chromosomes

EMBL scientists count and locate chromosomal proteins during cell…

By Emma Steer

Science

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

Science

New research reveals that without cohesin (pictured here), the chromosomes in mouse liver cells still folded on the mega-base scale but didn’t form large-scale compartments

Chromosomes don’t need key protein for all their folds

New research reveals that two different mechanisms are responsible for chromosome…

By Sarah B. Puschmann

Science

Looping the loops: how chromosomes form

EMBL researchers and collaborators unravel how chromosomes…

By Edward Dadswell

Science

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)

Science

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)

Science

The informant: a jumping gene

Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, have developed a new method for studying gene regulation, by…

By Guest author(s)

Science

X chromosome exposed

Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, and the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)…

By Guest author(s)

Science

A unique arrangement for egg cell division

Which genes are passed on from mother to child is decided very early on during the maturation of the egg cell in the ovary. In a cell division…

By Guest author(s)

Science

Researchers shed light on shrinking of chromosomes

A human cell contains an enormous 1.8 metres of DNA partitioned into 46 chromosomes. These have to be copied and distributed equally into two…

By Guest author(s)

Science

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