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Embryonic development

Composite image of mouse cells and human cells showing different levels of luminescence, indicated as different colours.

Human and mouse cells run at different speeds

The internal clock that governs the development of embryos ticks slower for humans than for mice. Differences in the speed of biochemical reactions…

By Luca Tancredi Barone

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

3D reconstruction of parental chromosomes in the mouse embryo

How chromosome structure influences development

EMBL researchers in the Heard group at EMBL Heidelberg explore the interaction between DNA organisation and gene expression in the early…

By Fabian Oswald

Science

oscillations of gene activity

Tissue dynamics provide clues to human disease

EMBL scientists examine the molecular causes of a rare hereditary disease of the spine and…

By Guest author(s)

Science

Accidental beauty

In the Trivedi Group at EMBL Barcelona, Krisztina Arató and Jia Le Lim study the early development of zebrafish…

By Mehdi Khadraoui

Picture of the week

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

In this image of developing cells, fluorescent molecules reveal DNA (blue), part of the X chromosomes (red), and the Xist RNA (white). The green colour shows a region of the cells’ nuclei called the nuclear lamina. IMAGE: Mikael Attia and Edith Heard/Institut Curie

The scientific origins of Edith Heard

EMBL’s next Director General reflects on the questions that drive her…

By Guest author(s)

Science

A heatmap graph displaying high (red) or low (blue) levels of gene expressions in different cells.

From blood vessels to blood stem cells

EMBL scientists discover how blood vessel cells become blood stem cells during embryonic…

By Emma Steer

Science

Synchronised waves control embryonic patterning

Synchronised waves control embryonic patterning

EMBL scientists show that the rhythm between Wnt and Notch waves enables patterning in…

By Iris Kruijen

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DNA’s twisted communication

During embryo development, genes are dynamically, and very precisely, switched on and off to confer different properties to different cells and build…

By Guest author(s)

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Fruit fly embryo showing the cells that will become the gut and heart

Collective action

If you wanted to draw your family tree, you could start by searching for people who share your surname. Cells, of course, don’t have surnames, but…

By Guest author(s)

Science

Patchwork-like image of developing zebrafish sensory organ. Picture credits: Virginie Lecaudey / EMBL.

Picture Release

This image may bring to mind a patchwork quilt, or a picture taken from a gallery of abstract paintings, but the artisan behind it is actually Mother…

By Guest author(s)

Picture of the week

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