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Structural Biology

Picture showing MD3, the micro-diffractometer developed by the Instrumentation team, installed at one of the EMBL Hamburg's beamline. Credits: Kinga Lubowiecka/EMBL

Structural biology at EMBL: driving technology development

Florent Cipriani, who recently retired as Head of the Instrumentation Team after a long career at EMBL Grenoble, is one of the pioneers of…

By Mylène André

Lab Matters

Brightly coloured cartoon coils are set against a multi-coloured backdrop of small circles

EMBL Hamburg lights the way to folding next-level origami

Using EMBL Hamburg’s world-class structural biology infrastructure, researchers advance the folding of protein ‘origami’ designed in the…

By Ivy Kupec

Science

A model of Glycine Transporter 1, which is located in the cell membrane. In its lower-middle part, it is bound by its inhibitor, which is a much smaller molecule. At its top, Glycine Transporter 1 is bound by a synthetic mini-antibody, called a sybody.

New perspectives for treating psychiatric disorders

Scientists have determined the structure of Glycine Transporter 1. The finding could open new avenues for developing therapeutics for psychiatric…

By Dorota Badowska

Science

A close-up photo of a shiny droplet of liquid that has been placed into one of the wells of a crystallisation plate.

Droplet beauty

Scientists at EMBL Hamburg use droplets of protein solution to grow protein crystals. By exposing the crystals to X-rays, they are able to determine…

By Dorota Badowska

Picture of the week

This photo shows the European Photon and Neutron (EPN) science campus on the peninsula at the confluence of the Isère and Drac rivers, where EMBL Grenoble is located.

Touch of springtime in Grenoble

This photo shows the European Photon and Neutron (EPN) science campus where EMBL Grenoble is located. A delightful spring breeze in the air melts the…

By Mylène André

Picture of the week

Crystal cubes seen through a microscope

Purity, beauty, and perfection

The regular structures of crystals are a source of inspiration and fascination to us humans. While the crystals in this picture were not grown in…

By Mathias Jäger

Picture of the week

Artistic representation of the structure of the three proteins forming Integrator’s catalytic core.

At the core of the Integrator complex

A new paper from the Galej group at EMBL Grenoble describes the structure of key parts of the Integrator complex, involved in gene…

By Mylène André

Science

An electron microscopy photo shows two bacterial cells surrounded by several white fibrils of the amphibian peptide.

Toadlet peptide transforms into a deadly weapon against bacteria

Researchers at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and EMBL Hamburg, in collaboration with scientists in Israel and Spain, have…

By Dorota Badowska

Science

A metallic tool.

Homage to a vital tool

Structural biologists want to study proteins at the atomic level. The device shown in this Picture of the Week is essential for…

By Mathias Jäger

Picture of the week

Protein painting from 2020 PDB Art exhibition, showing two colourful proteins on different coloured backgrounds.

Discover the wonderful world of proteins: first virtual PDB Art exhibition

Schoolchildren create exquisite protein-inspired…

By Oana Stroe

Lab Matters

Snowy mountains behind functional buildings. The Moon is up in the sky.

First powder over EMBL Grenoble

The first snowflakes have fallen on the Vercors Mountains, right behind the EMBL Grenoble building, and an almost full moon is showing up during a…

By Mylène André

Picture of the week

Female scientist stands in front of electron microscope that is taller than she is

Seeing deeper inside cells

While cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) was first envisioned in 1968, the advances the Mahamid group are bringing to this 3D method for studying…

By Ivy Kupec

Science

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