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embryo

A network of tubes and cells in red and blue.

Not a galaxy far, far away

While this may seem like a nebula made up of interstellar clouds of dust and ionised gases, this image isn’t of a galaxy beyond the Milky…

By Ivy Kupec

Picture of the week

Cell division

Tracing the origins of cells

Researchers from the Sharpe group at EMBL Barcelona have published a method to track the developmental history of a cell using the gene editing tool…

By Fabian Oswald

Science

A 4D visualisation of single-cell expression patterns. Credit: Hanna Sladitschek/EMBL

Unprecedented single-cell studies in virtual embryo

Researchers from EMBL Heidelberg have created a complete description of early embryo development, accounting for every single cell in the…

By Mathias Jäger

Science

The zebrafish earned its stripes

Despite missing the characteristic stripes one would expect from a zebra – or a zebrafish – the fractals in this Picture of the Week show a…

By Mathias Jäger

Picture of the week

An in silico hope for biology: machine learning

How EMBL scientists are using machine learning to advance…

By Berta Carreño

Lab Matters

Top view picture of modified and natural invagination in a tissue

Controlling organ growth with light

The De Renzis group investigated invagination, the first step of organ development in…

By Patrick Mueller

Science

Optical section of a ‘gastruloid’ – an embryonic organoid made from mouse embryonic stem cells and stained for E-Cadherin (red), marking cell outlines and nuclei (blue). IMAGE: Vikas Trivedi/EMBL

Welcome: Vikas Trivedi

An engineer’s approach to understanding…

By Berta Carreño

Science

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

Science

Without a trace

Migrating cells, it seems, cover their tracks not for fear of being followed, but to keep moving forward. Scientists at the European Molecular…

By Guest author(s)

Science

Cells eat themselves into shape

The process cells use to ‘swallow’ up nutrients, hormones and other signals from their environment – called endocytosis – can play a crucial…

By Guest author(s)

Science

Sync to grow

In a nutshell: The size of pre-vertebrae in a mammalian embryo is controlled by a wave-like gene expression pattern along its back The size of each…

By Guest author(s)

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Stop and go

A traffic policeman standing at a busy intersection directing the flow of vehicles may be a rare sight these days, but a similar scene appears to…

By Guest author(s)

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