26 October 2023
Jan Kosinski, Julia Mahamid, and Georg Zeller have received grants to enable ambitious projects aimed at mapping the cellular protein synthesis machinery in context and understanding complex host-microbiome interactions, respectively.
20 October 2023
Here are six takeaways from a recent EMBO/EMBL symposium that brought together scientists to discuss the state of research involving the human microbiome and its connection to health and disease.
5 September 2023
Jordi van Gestel and Maria Zimmermann-Kogadeeva each receive 1.5 million EUR funding for research projects on microbial predators and the gut microbiome respectively
14 August 2023
EMBL-EBI Senior Scientist Rob Finn explains why data coordination and sharing are fundamental for a sustainable blue economy.
27 June 2023
Science, Technology and innovation
HoloFood, the first consistent collection of multiomic data about chicken and salmon gut microbiomes, set to enable the development of better animal feeds.
19 April 2023
As a postdoc Alex Almeida used bioinformatics to push the boundaries of what we know about the gut microbiome. Here, Almeida explains how his time at EMBL-EBI generated new research avenues, and how the skills and connections from his postdoc prepared him for leading his own research group at the…
8 March 2023
EMBL is leading the TREC project: the first pan-European and cross-disciplinary effort to examine life in its natural context.
6 February 2023
Funding awarded for developing tools to harness marine microbiome data for biotechnological applications and ecosystem services.
11 January 2023
Rob Finn, one of the co-chairs of the Microbial Ecosystems theme, discusses his work, the challenges of multidisciplinary research, and how the theme is already helping to promote the exchange of scientific ideas.
11 October 2022
The final pilot project in Iceland marked the countdown to the ‘Traversing European Coastlines’ (TREC) expedition to study coastal ecosystems and their response to changes in the environment.
15 September 2022
EMBL researchers used data from over 300 human faecal microbiota transplants to gain an ecological understanding of what happens when two gut microbiomes clash.
14 July 2022
Microbial communities play essential roles in ocean ecology and planetary health. A recent publication highlights priorities for understanding and protecting ocean microbiomes.
9 March 2022
A molecular signature of 27 microorganisms in stool defines the high-risk population for the most common pancreatic cancer and could be used for early detection of the disease.
4 January 2022
Researchers have identified hundreds of new bacterial species and viruses in the human skin microbiome.
20 December 2021
The agreement focuses on reinforcing the collaboration between scientists to strengthen our understanding of the organism in its environment.
15 December 2021
Bork Group at EMBL Heidelberg analysed a new global gene database to study how genes emerge and spread across various habitats on our planet. In the future, the group will expand the database and use it for studying microbial gene evolution and dispersal at a finer-grained scale.
8 December 2021
Researchers studying a massive cohort of European patients have found that commonly prescribed drugs for cardiometabolic disorders can have long-term effects on the gut microbiome. Such effects can complicate the understanding of how disease affects the microbiome and must be taken into…
25 November 2021
Maria Zimmermann-Kogadeeva is one of EMBL’s newest group leaders and a computational biologist whose research group applies computational modelling to better understand the metabolism of gut bacteria and their potential to have far-reaching impacts on other organs.
26 October 2021
International project uses biomolecular data to improve animal feed and make meat production more sustainable
26 October 2021
Using metagenomic data to find novel enzymes for plastic degradation and beyond
13 October 2021
Researchers from EMBL’s Typas group and collaborators have analysed the effects of 144 antibiotics on the wellbeing of gut microbes. The study improves our understanding of antibiotics’ side effects and suggests a new approach to mitigating the adverse effects of antibiotics therapy on gut…
29 September 2021
In the lab, Diënty Hazenbrink works with microbes that live in our guts. In her free time, she enjoys wildlife photography. A shared set of skills facilitates both activities.
22 September 2021
EMBL and Helmholtz Association have signed a memorandum of understanding. The expanded collaboration of both institutions will focus on research related to health.
8 September 2021
A new collaborative study led by EMBL group leaders Kiran Patil, Nassos Typas, and Peer Bork has found that common medications accumulate in human gut bacteria. This process reduces drug effectiveness and affects the metabolism of common gut microbes, thereby altering the gut microbiome.
16 June 2021
Researchers investigate how external factors can influence the persistence of microbe species in the human gut
20 May 2021
The Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie has awarded a FEBS Anniversary Prize to Michael Zimmermann for his gut microbiome research.
19 January 2021
Freshwater sports can cause waterborne infections, but real-time DNA sequencing could help.
4 January 2021
Researchers discovered the dominant species of bacteria in kefir grains cannot endure without other species that help the 'team' survive.
23 November 2020
Microbiomes, plastics, and connectivity – AtlantECO aims to understand the fabric of the Atlantic Ocean.
28 July 2020
Picture of the week
Bacterial cells are embedded in microfluidic droplets in oil. The fluorescence indicates the presence of the targeted DNA strain with the help of a characteristic DNA sequence.
20 July 2020
An international team of scientists has collated all known bacterial genomes from the human gut microbiome into a single large database. Their work will allow researchers to explore the links between bacterial genes and proteins, and their effects on human health.
13 July 2020
The European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS), EMBL’s education facility, invites secondary school science teachers to participate in a virtual training course this autumn entitled ‘Introducing your microbiome’.
8 November 2019
On microbiomes, public engagement and not being boring
22 July 2019
Michael Zimmermann's group will investigate how gut microbes affect the body’s response to drugs.
1 April 2019
Colorectal cancer characterised by consistent changes in gut bacteria across continents, cultures and diets
26 February 2019
Many microbes traverse the oral-gut barrier
11 February 2019
Researchers identify novel gut bacteria species and call for more data from beyond Europe and North America
4 February 2019
A new database of bacteria in the human microbiome is the most comprehensive to date.
22 November 2018
Nina Kathe, Winner of the EU Contest for Young Scientists visits EMBL
1 August 2018
First global survey of soil genomics reveals a war between fungi and bacteria
19 April 2018
Dog and human gut microbiomes have more similar genes and responses to diet than previously thought
19 March 2018
One in four drugs with human targets inhibit the growth of bacteria in the human gut, and may promote antibiotic resistance, EMBL researchers report in Nature
19 March 2018
EMBL scientists show how to grow a wide range of gut bacteria in the lab
27 June 2017
Science and Society event answers controversial questions about gut microbes
26 August 2016
Team leader investigates how the gut microbiome could relate to human diseases
22 May 2016
What's a microbiome? How on Earth do they work?
28 April 2016
Stool transplants: finding the right match important, EMBL study shows
24 August 2015
Alumnus Luis Bejarano asked Spanish students to stick out their tongues to analyse their microbiome.
5 May 2015
Cooperate or compete? Microbes show us that getting along is the better choice for communities.
20 April 2011
In the future, when you walk into a doctor’s surgery or hospital, you could be asked not just about your allergies and blood group, but also about your gut type. Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, and collaborators in the international MetaHIT…
4 March 2010
The thousands of bacteria, fungi and other microbes that live in our gut are essential contributors to our good health. They break down toxins, manufacture some vitamins and essential amino acids, and form a barrier against invaders. A study published today in Nature shows that, at 3.3 million,…
16 October 2008
Today at a meeting organised by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, scientists from around the globe announced the formation of the International Human Microbiome Consortium (IHMC), an effort that will enable researchers to characterise the relationship of the…
14 March 2007
Inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, severely impair the lives of more than four million people worldwide. The development of effective therapies against these diseases requires an understanding of their underlying molecular mechanisms. Researchers from…
2 February 2007
Microorganisms make up more than a third of the Earth’s biomass. They are found in water, on land and even in our bodies, recycling nutrients, influencing the planet’s climate or causing diseases. Still, we know surprisingly little about the smallest beings that colonise Earth. A new…
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