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Edith and Iain in conversation

The current and previous Directors General discuss what it means to lead an organisation like EMBL

By Edward Dadswell

Lab Matters

Fish on fire

New study by Paola Kuri and Maria Leptin shows how inflammation happens in zebrafish in real time

By Margaux Phares


Opinion: Is your mind playing tricks on you?

We catch up with neuroscientist Craig Stark, speaker at the EMBL/EMBO Science and Society Conference

By Julia Roberti

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


First complete, real-time recording of starfish egg cell eliminating centrioles shows it handles mature ‘mother’ centrioles (green) and immature ‘daughter’ centrioles (purple) differently.

Mothers and daughters

1st real-time video of starfish egg cell eliminating crucial structures, to ensure embryo viability

By Sonia Furtado Neves


Finding the way with X-Ray

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

By Giorgia Guglielmi


Cells formed circles where blinking happened in a wave, rolling outwards from the centre. IMAGE: EMBL/C.Tsiairis

In sync

What do cells in an embryo have in common with schools of fish, swarms of fireflies, and applauding audiences?

By Sonia Furtado Neves


Digital zebrafish embryo provided the first complete developmental blueprint of a vertebrate in 2008. IMAGE: EMBL/Keller et al.

SPIM doctors

From initial development to a start-up company: Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM) at EMBL.

By Sam Lemonick


Scientists can now view and track the first days of a mouse embryo’s life. IMAGE: EMBL/ Julius Hossain

Turning point of a lifetime

New microscope can record the first days of a mouse embryo’s life

By Sonia Furtado Neves


When illuminated with a laser, individual cells (bright yellow) within the fruit fly embryo cannot contract. This novel optogenetic approach helped to get insights into how tissues bend.

Lighting up development

Using lasers to shed light on how tissues get into shape

By Giorgia Guglielmi



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