From cell to mouse – how tissues differentiate

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

By Mehdi Khadraoui


3-panel image of mouse blastocysts. From left to right the blastocyst has a smaller blastocoel meaning fewer cells in the mouse embryo.

Hydraulic force shapes mammalian embryos

Uncovering new role of fluid pressure in controlling embryo size and cell fate…

By Josh Tapley


European Research Council (ERC)

EMBL researchers awarded prestigious ERC grants

Takashi Hiiragi and Lars Steinmetz received Advanced Grants from the European Research Council (ERC)…

By Berta Carreño

Lab Matters

Cells that contract more strongly (pink) move inwards to form the embryo. IMAGE: Jean-Léon Maître/EMBL

The force is strong with embryo cells

Strength of contraction determines whether cells become embryo or placenta…

By Sonia Furtado Neves


EMBL scientists are discovering and understanding the waves and rhythms inside us. ILLUSTRATION: Aad Goudappel, Rotterdam

The rhythms in life

How EMBL scientists are discovering and understanding the waves and rhythms inside us…

By Sam Lemonick


Finding the way with X-Ray

New technique uses X-rays to find landmarks when combining fluorescence and electron microscopy…

By Giorgia Guglielmi


The scientists measured the force required to change the shape of the cells by gently deforming each cell with a pipette. IMAGE: J.L. Maitre/EMBL

Dancing with the cells

Cells 'dance' as they draw together during early embryo development.…

By Isabelle Kling



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