News archive 2014

'Hairclip' protein mechanism explained by Perica et al.

18 Dec 2014

"Hairclip" protein mechanism explained

Research led by the Teichmann group on the Wellcome Genome Campus has identified a fundamental mechanism for controlling protein function.
Fluidigm and the Single Cell Genomics Centre

17 Dec 2014

Making single-cell biology work

New collaboration between EMBL-EBI, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Fluidigm keeps research and technology on the cutting edge of single-cell genomics.
Anopheles gambiae photo credit: James Gathany, CDC

26 Nov 2014

Highly evolvable, malaria-carrying mosquitoes

Genomes of 16 Anopheles mosquito species sequenced and compared, providing new insights into their dynamic evolution.
Parasitic worm genomes

26 Nov 2014

Parasitic worm genomes: largest-ever dataset released

New resource boosts research into worms that infect millions
DDMoRe repository for pharmacometric models

31 Oct 2014

An open resource for computational modelling

A new repository from the Drug Disease Model Resources consortium helps researchers share computational models used in pharmaceutical R&D.
CAGEKID: Cancer genomics of the kidney

22 Oct 2014

Kidney cancer in Central Europe

New research by CAGEKID consortium reveals a connection between kidney cancer and exposure to aristolochic acid.
EMPIAR for raw 2D EM data

20 Oct 2014

Building an EMPIAR

A new resource for raw, 2D electron microscopy images lets researchers take a closer look at the images used to build 3D molecular structures.
European Variation Archive

20 Oct 2014

European Variation Archive launches

Detailed information about genetic variation is now simpler to explore in the new European Variation Archive (EVA).
BLUEPRINT: deciphering the epigenomes of more than 100 different types of blood cells

26 Sep 2014

BLUEPRINT: new perspectives on white blood cells

Major international initiative to study the epigenomics of blood publishes its first results
WarpedLMM news

22 Sep 2014

Taking the guesswork out of genetic analysis

New method by EMBL-EBI and Microsoft Research improves statistical power of genome-wide association studies
Takashima, Y., et al., Cell (2014)

11 Sep 2014

Advance in stem-cell technology

Scientists revert human stem cells to pristine state
Gibbon genome. Photo credit: OHSU

10 Sep 2014

Gibbon genome joins its superfamily in Ensembl

The gibbon genome, now available in Ensembl, provides insights into the evolution of this singing, swinging, tree-dwelling ape.
RNAcentral launches

10 Sep 2014

RNAcentral Station

RNAcentral (, the first unified resource for all types of non-coding RNA data, has been launched today by the RNAcentral Consortium.
Ensembl release 76

09 Aug 2014

The new, improved human genome

Ensembl has incorporated a vast amount of knowledge into a fully annotated reference human genome, GRCh38, providing a solid foundation for future genomics research.
Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

01 Aug 2014

New Genomics API from the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

New software allows researchers to share anonymised genetic data seamlessly across platforms.
Marmoset image from Wikimedia Commons. Credit: Manfred Werner

21 Jul 2014

Marmoset genome sheds light on chimeral twins

Initial analyses of the marmoset genome provide insight into this tiny primate’s reproductive system, which is well adapted to multiple births. The marmoset sequence is freely available in the Ensembl genome explorer.
Sheep genome sequenced

09 Jul 2014

Sheep genome provides rich resource for agricultural research

The new reference sheep genome, published by the International Sheep Genomics Consortium (ISGC), is freely available through the Ensembl genome explorer.
Ocean Sampling Day 2014

17 Jun 2014

Ocean Sampling Day 2014: Capturing marine biodiversity

On 21 June 2014, the first Ocean Sampling Day will take place at over 160 sites throughout the world.
EMBL welcomes the Czech Republic as a member state

10 Jun 2014

Czech Republic becomes EMBL’s 21st member state

Forty years after its foundation, EMBL announces its 21st member state: the Czech Republic.
Studying the genetic causes of cleft lip and cleft palate

27 May 2014

Insights into genetics of cleft lip

EMBL scientists have identified how a specific stretch of DNA controls far-off genes to influence the formation of the face. The study, published in Nature Genetics, helps clarify the genetic causes of cleft lip and cleft palate, which are among the most common congenital malformations in humans.
The wwPDB releases its 100,000th structure

14 May 2014

100,000 structures

The Worldwide Protein Data Bank has released its 100,000th molecular structure to the scientific community. Established in 1971, the public archive of experimentally determined structures has reached this important milestone thanks to the efforts of structural biologists throughout the world.
Janet Thornton and Jackie Hunter

09 May 2014

Janet Thornton elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Janet Thornton has been elected to the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of medical science.
T helper cell. Credit: National Institutes of Health

08 May 2014

How immune cells use steroids

Genome Campus researchers have discovered that some immune cells turn themselves off by producing a steroid. The findings, published in Cell Reports, have implications for the study of cancers, autoimmune diseases and parasitic infections.
WHO joins EuropePMC

02 May 2014

World Health Organisation joins Europe PubMed Central

The World Health Organization announces it will become a member of the open-access repository Europe PubMed Central, joining 25 other life sciences and biomedical research funders.
Ewan Birney, FRS

01 May 2014

Ewan Birney, Associate Director of the European Bioinformatics Institute, elected to the Royal Society

Dr Ewan Birney, genomics researcher and joint Associate Director of EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute, has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.
Christian Boulin, EMBL’s Director of Core Facilities and Services

29 Apr 2014

Obituary: Christian Boulin, Director of EMBL Core Facilities

Christian Boulin, EMBL’s Director of Core Facilities and Services, died on 27 April 2014.
tsetse fly Glossina morsitans. Credit: Geoff Attardo, Yale

25 Apr 2014

Tsetse fly genome sequenced

The genome of the tsetse fly Glossina morsitans, a pest native to sub-Saharan Africa that transmits sleeping sickness to humans and animals, has been published in Science. The data are freely available in VectorBase.
EMBL’s new associate member state: Argentina

22 Apr 2014

Argentina joins EMBL as associate member state

Connecting life science research across the Atlantic
Centre for Therapeutic Target Validation

25 Mar 2014

Where do you start when developing a new medicine?

The Centre for Therapeutic Target Validation is a novel scientific collaboration that will use genomics and big data to drive drug discovery.

09 Mar 2014

The rise of open proteomics

The ProteomeXchange consortium has launched a public portal for exchanging proteomics data and information. The integrating service highlights a growing trend in the sharing of data generated in mass-spectrometry experiments.
BioJS community logo

13 Feb 2014

BioJS collection of open-access visualisation tools released

A new collection of visualisation tools for representing biological information is now available thanks to TGAC, EMBL-EBI and F1000Research.
Improved bread wheat genome data in Ensembl Plants

13 Jan 2014

Whole-genome dataset for bread wheat now available in Ensembl Plants

An improved genome sequence for bread wheat including more than 100,000 genes has been released in Ensembl Plants. Generated under the auspices of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC), the Chromosome Survey Sequence represents the most complete version of the wheat genome to date.
EC-BLAST compares thousands of enzyme reactions

10 Jan 2014

BLAST off! Exploring the universe of biochemical reactions

Scientists at EMBL-EBI have developed EC-BLAST: software that makes it easier to develop novel enzymes. Published in Nature Methods, the program lets you quickly compare the functions of thousands of catalysts.
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