Before a biological sample reaches the beamline, a lot of work is put into its preparation. Scientists can use the wide range of services and resources at EMBL to prepare their biological samples for structural studies at the X-ray beamlines in Grenoble and Hamburg. Photo: Marietta Schupp/EMBL

Empowering European structural biology

EU funding for iNEXT-Discovery consortium unlocks key technologies for structural biology…

By Iris Kruijen

Lab Matters

Birth of two HeLa stars

This picture of the week, taken by Arina Rybina in the Ellenberg group at EMBL Heidelberg, shows a high-resolution 3D microscopy image of living human cells: HeLa cells. In this fascinating fluorescing microspace, two newly formed daughter nuclei are captured to study the assembly of nuclear pore…

By Mathias Jäger

Picture of the week

Choanocyte chamber of sponge, with neuroid cell

Neural pathways

Exploring the diverse routes by which EMBL scientists are driving forward neurobiology…

By Cella Carr


From cell to mouse – how tissues differentiate

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

By Mehdi Khadraoui


Formation of a brain

The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. Yet despite it being the organ that makes us conscious beings – and despite the fact that researchers have been studying it for generations – it’s still a constant source of surprise. To help lift the veil on some of its mystery, Lina…

By Mathias Jäger

Picture of the week

New perspectives on nuclear pores

EMBL researchers have published two new studies involving the nuclear pore complex…

By Fabian Oswald


EMBL spins the Sleeping Beauty transposase

New possibilities for gene therapies…

By Mathias Jäger


Steffen Lemke and Jakob Keck Genomics Core Facility

Engineering bacteria to fight diabetes

EMBL’s Genomics Core Facility supports students participating in the annual iGEM competition.…

By Fabian Oswald


Science for everyone

During the Nacht der Forschung 2019, everyone was able to become a scientist for a day at EMBL…

By Patrick Mueller


Tracking the beginning of life

All mammalian life starts with the fusion of egg and sperm, resulting in the creation of a single cell called a zygote. This develops into an embryo through a series of cell divisions, in which the number of cells doubles at each step. Todays’ Picture of the Week was taken by Manuel Eguren of the…

By Doreen Feike

Picture of the week


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