News archive 2013

ELIXIR consortium agreement

16 Dec 2013

ELIXIR launches as legal entity

Estonia is the fifth country to ratify the ELIXIR Consortium Agreement. This marks the formal launch of the infrastructure for biological data in Europe, supporting life science research and its translation to medicine, the bioindustries and society.

10 Dec 2013

Digital Science transfers SureChem patent chemistry data to EMBL-EBI

Transfer of complete patent chemistry collection - over 15 million compounds - set to advance drug discovery

11 Nov 2013

Steven Newhouse joins EMBL-EBI as Head of Technical Services

We are pleased to welcome Steven Newhouse, founding director of the European Grid Infrastructure, as our new Head of Technical Services.
Bertone et al. Nat Methods 2013

03 Nov 2013

Large-scale assessment of transcriptome analysis software

A systematic assessment of RNA-seq programs, published in Nature Methods, may inspire new computing approaches to handle current and future technologies for gene expression analysis.
Janet Thornton and David Willetts

28 Oct 2013

Cambridge celebrates £75M investment in bioinformatics

Monday, 28 October: UK Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts joins key stakeholders in the Cambridge biotechnology cluster to celebrate the opening of EMBL-EBI's new building on the Genome Campus.
RDF for molecular biology

08 Oct 2013

Bioinformatics embraces Semantic Web technologies

EMBL-EBI's new Resource Description Framework (RDF) platform provides access to bioinformatics resources that support Semantic Web technologies.
Geuvadis RNA seq study

15 Sep 2013

Functional genetic variation in humans: comprehensive map published

GEUVADIS project presents the largest-ever dataset linking human genomes to gene activity at the level of RNA.
News image (EMBL-EBI)

04 Sep 2013

It's not just noise

EMBL scientists discern key gene expression patterns in the human genome
Mice on a path

05 Aug 2013

Wired for change

A new study of gene expression reveals the first steps of evolution in gene regulation in mice. Published in the journal Cell, the research has implications for the study of differences in gene regulation between people.
SurvCurv: the survival database at EMBL-EBI

23 Jul 2013

Exploring survival

EMBL-EBI researchers have created a new resource that can help scientists study ageing. Published in the journal Aging Cell, SurvCurv is the first comprehensive, open resource to enable the large-scale analysis of survival data in model organisms.
Global Alliance

05 Jun 2013

A Global Alliance for sharing genomic and clinical data

EMBL and EMBL-EBI have joined the Global Alliance, a large-scale, international effort to enable the secure sharing of genomic and clinical data.
Green sea turtle. Photo courtesy of RIKEN

16 May 2013

Where do turtles 'fit'?

Where do turtles fit in the evolutionary tree? Are they reptiles? How did their backbone evolve to form a shell?

Single-cell genomics - image by Thierry Voet, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

07 May 2013

The Single Cell Genomics Centre

EMBL-EBI and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute are launching the Single Cell Genomics Centre (SCGC), which seeks to answer key biological questions by exploring cellular genetics at the highest resolution possible. The centre will focus on the exploration of cell function in normal development and immune function as well as cancer.

Children marveling at mutants of Medaka and Zebrafish

18 Apr 2013

How is a fish like a person?

Zebrafish provide valuable insights into human development and disease, and a new study promises to make this research still more effective. An international team of researchers, writing in the journal Nature, has shown exactly how our genes line up with those of this amazing fish.

Protein assembly - Teichmann et al.

11 Apr 2013

Perfect proteins preferred

Researchers at the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the University of Oxford in the UK have shown that the specific order in which proteins assemble into complexes is extremely important to how they function. Their findings, published in the journal Cell, shed light on an important question in evolution.

Mapping metabolism (EMBL-EBI)

03 Mar 2013

Mapping metabolism

A comprehensive map of human metabolism has been produced by a large consortium including researchers from EMBL-EBI. Published in Nature Biotechnology, the model is freely available through EMBL-EBI’s BioModels Database. It contains verified information on thousands of metabolites and reactions and represents a goldmine for systems biologists.

Sketchnotes by Francis Rowland

03 Mar 2013

Something different

We’ve changed things a bit! On 4 March we re-launched the EMBL-EBI website, hoping to give all our visitors a warmer welcome. We’ve been working behind the scenes to give you a more consistent experience, because a big part of our mission is to make molecular data available – and accessible – to everyone.

Pseudo-exon necklace (illustration)

06 Feb 2013

The mutation police

How does our genome keep mutations in check? Reporting in the journal Cell, researchers at EMBL-EBI and the MRC show how a protein called hnRNP C suppresses pseudoexons. The finding helps in the study of diseases such as cancer and neurodegeneration, and provides insights into human evolution.
Niklas Blomberg, ELIXIR Director

05 Feb 2013

ELIXIR appoints founding director

The Interim ELIXIR Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Niklas Blomberg of AstraZeneca R&D Mölndal, Sweden to the newly created post of ELIXIR Director.
Nick Goldman (EMBL-EBI)

23 Jan 2013

Data storage in DNA becomes a reality

Researchers at the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) have created a way to store data in the form of DNA – a material that lasts for tens of thousands of years. The new method, published in the journal Nature, makes it possible to store at least 100 million hours of high-definition video in about a cup of DNA.
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