Molecular structure of essential light chain protein in Plasmodium glideosome. The atoms connected by bonds are symbolised by short connected lines. They are surrounded by electrons – the electron density is depicted as shapes resembling clouds. Water molecules are visible in several places as red spots. The data used to create this 3D model were obtained using X-ray crystallography at Petra III beamline, at EMBL Hamburg.

How deadly parasites ‘glide’ into human cells

A group of scientists led by EMBL Hamburg’s Christian Löw provide insights into the molecular structure of proteins involved in the gliding…

By Dorota Badowska


Black and white electron microscope image of Anopheles mosquito gametes, looking much like feathery fern leaf stencils

A bloom of crystals

How does your crystal garden grow? EMBL's Electron Microscopy Core Facility was able to capture this garden of blooming crystals as they studied…

By Ivy Kupec

Picture of the week

Portraits of EMBL scientists Wojciech Galej and Maria Bernabeu

EMBL scientists receive prestigious ERC Starting Grants

Maria Bernabeu and Wojciech Galej have each been awarded €1.5 million to research malaria and pre-mRNA splicing,…

By Carla Manzanas

Lab Matters

Maria Bernabeu

Welcome: Maria Bernabeu

New group leader at EMBL Barcelona is investigating how malaria affects the human circulatory…

By Cella Carr


Plasmodium Gamete Formation

How malaria springs to action in mosquitoes

Insights into the reproduction of Plasmodium parasites in mosquitoes reveal rapid and broad…

By Oana Stroe


Artist's interpretation of how cell coordination breaks down with ageing.

Ageing: cell coordination breakdown

Researchers use single-cell sequencing to understand how cells…

By Oana Stroe


Artist's interpretation of cells diferentiating

Fresh insight into how immune cells fight malaria

Reconstructing T-cell development in high…

By Oana Stroe


Colorised scanning electron micrograph of red blood cell infected with malaria parasites (blue); uninfected cells with a smooth red surface. IMAGE: (CC BY 2.0)

Mapping malaria

First detailed atlas of start points for genes expression in malaria-causing…

By Dan Jones


Anopheles gambiae

What makes a mosquito deadly?

Genome-based insights into evolution of malaria-carrying Anopheles…

By Mary Todd Bergman


These microscopy images show that, in A. gambiae mosquitoes, the different alleles of the TEP1 gene confer different degrees of resistance to malaria: the midgut of a mosquito whose only functional allele is the 'resistance' one (left) contains a number of dead malaria parasites (black dots), but very few live parasites (fluorescent green dots), whereas in another, genetically identical, mosquito with only the 'susceptibility' allele turned on (right), parasite survival was much higher. Image credit: Marina Lamacchia/INSERM

From foe to friend: mosquitoes that transmit malaria may help fight the disease

For many years, the mosquitoes that transmit malaria to humans were seen as public enemies, and campaigns to eradicate the disease focused on…

By Guest author(s)


With joint forces against Malaria

Today the network of excellence for Biology and Pathology of the Malaria Parasite (BioMalPar), will bring together the world’s elite in the…

By Guest author(s)


A key that opens cells to the deadly malaria parasite

Researchers at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in India and a unit of the European Molecular Biology…

By Guest author(s)



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