Press releases from EMBL-EBI

05 Nov 2018

Parasitic worm genomes reveal novel treatment possibilities

Largest ever genomic study of parasitic worms identifies new genes and predicts new potential drug targets

01 Nov 2018

Genomes of all known UK species to be sequenced

The genomes of 66,000 UK species are to be sequenced as part of a global effort to sequence all known eukaryotic species on Earth

Sanofi logo on blue background

26 Oct 2018

Sanofi joins Open Targets

Pharmaceutical company Sanofi joins public-private collaboration Open Targets

25 Oct 2018

Gene activity shapes immunity across species

Immune response genes have varied activity in an individual’s cells as well as across species 

Two medaka fish facing each other

23 Oct 2018

Ewan Birney awarded ERC Synergy grant to study variation in vertebrates

EMBL-EBI Director and collaborators receive grant to investigate the sources of phenotype variation

23 Oct 2018

Classification of pre-clinical data could boost drug research

Annotation of substantial dataset of 135 000 animal model and phenotype assays to help identify new drugs and drug targets

Touchscreen showing genetic data. Credit Wellcome Sanger Institute

11 Oct 2018

Genetics-based disease predictions for chronic blood cancers

Researchers combine extensive genetic and clinical information to predict the prognosis for blood cancer patients

08 Oct 2018

25 UK species’ genomes sequenced for first time

25 Genomes project to aid conservation and understanding of biodiversity

01 Oct 2018

Newly sequenced mouse genomes unearth unknown genes

Sixteen newly sequenced mouse strains reveal unexpected diversity that could impact disease research

DNA sequencing is accurate enough to diagnose tuberculosis and guide treatment

27 Sep 2018

Using genetics to tackle tuberculosis

In a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, UK scientists have revealed a faster, more accurate way of diagnosing and treating tuberculosis (TB), using DNA sequencing.

18 Sep 2018

LifeLab - free events highlight discovery on your doorstep

EBL-EBI is supporting LifeLab to launch a programme of events to engage the public in science for European Researchers' Night

PhenoMenal logo on binary data background

29 Aug 2018

PhenoMeNal: an online portal for metabolomics

PhenoMeNal enables researchers to perform complex metabolomics analyses in the cloud

Close up image of Culicoides biting midge

24 Aug 2018

The first complete biting midge genome

Collaboration with Pirbright Institute produces first complete Culicoides biting midge genome.

Single cells and DNA

22 Aug 2018

New approach for testing cancer drug response

First large-scale systematic analysis explores how inherited genome effects drug response of cancer cells

Close-up of mosquito on skin. Infravec2 collaboration with EMBL-EBI. Credit: Shutterstock

30 Jul 2018

Fighting mosquito-transmitted diseases

EU-funded Infravec2 releases no-cost resources for scientists fighting mosquito-transmitted diseases

2018 PDBe Art exhibition private viewing at Michaelhouse Cafe in Cambridge, UK. PHOTO: Sreenath Nair /EMBL-EBI

26 Jul 2018

Art meets structural biology

The Protein Data Bank in Europe celebrates its schools art project with its largest exhibition yet


Wheat against a blue sky. New wheat genome assembly in Ensembl. Credit: International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium

18 Jul 2018

Latest wheat assembly now available in Ensembl

New wheat genome assembly IWGSC RefSeq v1.0, which ‘maps’ the highly complex wheat genome is now available through EMBL-EBI’s Ensembl Plants

Europe PMC now indexes preprints. Credit: Europe PMC.

11 Jul 2018

Towards a comprehensive literature search: Europe PMC now indexes preprints

Europe PMC has started indexing preprint abstracts, providing researchers with a more comprehensive picture of current life science research.

Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

08 Jul 2018

Roots of leukaemia detectable in blood years before diagnosis

Researchers find that genetic changes in blood signal the risk of developing acute myeloid leukaemia years before the disease develops

 HTLV-1 leukaemic cells. Credit: Blood Journal. doi:

27 Jun 2018

Cancer-causing virus HTLV-1 changes DNA loops to ‘affect tens of thousands of genes’

The virus acts at a large number of sites across the human genome, disrupting the regulation of tens of thousands of genes, which increases the risk of leukaemia