Hamburg, 18 July 2019 First results from CSSB Six research groups, among them the García Alai team and the Löw group from EMBL Hamburg, have developed a protocol that will simplify the process of solubilising integral membrane proteins (IMPs), as they report on 17 July in Scientific Reports. This is also the first publication resulting from a collaboration at the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) in Hamburg.
Heidelberg, 16 July 2019 Dieter Schwarz Foundation supports Life Science Alliance Today, representatives from the Dieter Schwarz Foundation announced funding to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) to support its collaborative effort with the Stanford University School of Medicine, called the EMBL | Stanford Life Science Alliance.
Heidelberg, 15 July 2019 Does rearranging chromosomes affect their function? Molecular biologists long thought that domains in the genome’s 3D organisation control how genes are expressed. After studying highly rearranged chromosomes in fruit flies, EMBL researchers from the Furlong and Korbel groups now reveal that while this is the case for some genes, their results challenge the generality of this for many others. Their results, published in Nature Genetics on 15 July, reveal an uncoupling between the 3D genome organisation – also called chromatin topology – and gene expression.
Heidelberg, 12 July 2019 In remembrance of Suzanne Eaton Suzanne was a staff scientist at EMBL from 1993–2001. She was one of the founding group leaders at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden, and professor at the Biotechnology Center (BIOTEC) at TU Dresden.
Heidelberg, Rome, 9 July 2019 Wielding the genetic scissors Three important qualities make Crispr-cas9 an invaluable tool for the life sciences: it is cheap, easy to use and very precise. From medical therapy to fundamental research, CRISPR has a large range of applications and is used by several research groups at EMBL to address important questions in biology, such as the Korbel group, the Steinmetz group, the Ephrussi group and the Hackett group.