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Microscopy images of coronavirus-infected cells in blue and red, arranged on a clockface. Illustrations of virus particles.

Finding coronavirus’s helper proteins

A team of EMBL scientists and colleagues have analysed how the novel coronavirus affects proteins in human cells. They identified several human…

By Marius Bruer

Science

An artistic representation of how bioinformatics allows study of the SARS-CoV-2 infection process. On the left, coronaviruses are approaching a human face contour. On the right, protein structures and a network of connections represent bioinformatic analysis.

Protein sequences provide clues to how SARS-CoV-2 infects cells

Researchers at EMBL Heidelberg have identified sequences in human proteins that might be used by SARS-CoV-2 to infect cells. They have discovered…

By Dorota Badowska

Science

Illustration showing open padlock to symbolise opening up SARS-CoV-2 data

Show your support for open COVID-19 data

Open letter galvanises life science community in support of open COVID-19…

By Oana Stroe

Lab Matters

B.1.1.7 coronavirus lineage in UK

Insights into the new B.1.1.7 coronavirus lineage

A new lineage of coronavirus was first identified in the UK, but why is it spreading much more rapidly within the…

By Vicky Hatch

Science

The SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 lineage

A note on the coronavirus variant B.1.1.7, which has first been described in the U.K. and has spread to 57 countries. The note summarises…

By Guest author(s)

Science

3D rendering of a human cell, attacked by a virus.

Cell under attack

It’s almost a year since the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, affecting all our lives. While the virus continues its grip on the…

By Mathias Jäger

Picture of the week

The image shows the beamline P12 at EMBL Hamburg. In the centre, several cylindrical elements are connected into a pipe-like structure. In the front, it is connected to a white box-shaped device, and several smaller devices and cables visible around. There is also a grid visible around the beamline.

EMBL facilities support development of RNA vaccines

Biotechnology company BioNTech and Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz conduct collaborative research with EMBL scientists at the beamline P12 in…

By Dorota Badowska

Science

Tube-like structures of a cell at sub-cellular level in red and grey.

Replication cycle of SARS-CoV-2 in 3D

Researchers have studied SARS-CoV-2 replication in cells and obtained detailed insights into the alterations induced in infected cells. This…

By Mathias Jäger

Science

SARS-CoV-2 is represented as a sphere with spike proteins poking out of its surface, which give it a corona-like appearance. The spike proteins resemble triangular ‘bushes’ with three tips at the top. In the background, a cell surface is visible with ACE2 proteins poking out of it in many places. The virus is about to attach to the cell surface. The sybodies, represented as tiny V-shaped structures, bind to the viral spike proteins at their tips.

Scientists identify synthetic mini-antibody to combat COVID-19

By screening hundreds of sybodies (synthetic mini-antibodies), scientists have identified one that might stop SARS-CoV-2 from infecting human cells.…

By Dorota Badowska

Science

Open access COVID-19 data sharing

Open data sharing accelerates COVID-19 research

Open access data benefits millions of scientists around the world and is essential for a rapid response to the COVID-19…

By Vicky Hatch

Science

Four blue circular objects are surrounded with green structures, and the central blue circle with pink structures. The blue circles are human cell nuclei, and pink and green structures are proteins.

Repurposing drugs for a pan-coronavirus treatment

Scientists from the Beltrao Group at EMBL-EBI and collaborators identified drug targets common to SARS-CoV-2, SARS-CoV-1, and MERS-CoV, three…

By Vicky Hatch

Science

Illustration showing globe, statistics and viruses

Funding to predict the risk of infectious disease outbreaks

European collaboration receives funding to explore risks and impact of future infectious disease…

By Oana Stroe

Lab Matters

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