Press releases from EMBL-EBI

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

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25 Jun 2018

EBI Metagenomics becomes MGnify

New name paves the way for new features and updates to be rolled out this year

Collage of DNA spiral, single cells, and with data superimposed

19 Jun 2018

Towards personalised medicine: one type of data is not enough

New computational method integrates multiple molecular data types to study the variability between patients in complex diseases

Graphic representation of single cell

30 May 2018

First Single Cell Expression resource at EMBL-EBI

Expression Atlas resource launches first collection of systematically reprocessed single-cell RNA sequencing data from a range of species

Cheetah, mouse and gorilla on jungle background with DNA double helix

29 May 2018

Of mice and gorillas: how wild species may benefit from mouse genetic data

Functional catalogue of the mouse genome can inform the conservation of endangered species

Health professionals being trained in using DNA sequencing to diagnose drug-resistant tuberculosis

23 May 2018

Using DNA sequencing to fight drug-resistant tuberculosis in Madagascar

Public health teams in Madagascar pioneer portable, real time DNA sequencing to fight drug-resistant tuberculosis logo on white background

08 May 2018

New global standards for biomedical data citation establish compact identifiers to improve long-term and consistent data citation

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02 May 2018

Celgene joins Open Targets

New industry partner strengthens drug discovery collaboration

C elegans microscopy. Credit Arturo Agostino.

30 Apr 2018

New insights into the origins of mutations in cancer

Scientists use data from human cancers and C. elegans to understand mutational causes of cancer

White mice next to data repository with PDX Finder logo

05 Apr 2018

PDX Finder - Free global portal for cancer models

First global online catalogue of Patient Derived Xenograft models helps cancer researchers save valuable time

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26 Mar 2018

Ewan Birney becomes UKRI-BBSRC Council member

EMBL-EBI Director, Ewan Birney, appointed new member of UKRI-BBSRC Council 

SpatialDE: New single-cell sequencing analysis method to combine gene expression data and spatial data to redefine tissue identity. Credit: Andrea Danti / Adobe Stock

19 Mar 2018

New method probes gene expression by cell location

New method for single-cell sequencing analysis combines spatial and gene expression data, allowing scientists to redefine tissue identity

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08 Mar 2018

Using robot avatars in bioinformatics training

In a first for EMBL-EBI Training, two postpartum students use robot avatars to study genomic medicine

Left to right: Treasa Creavin from Connecting Science, Ewan Birney, director of EMBL-EBI, Elspeth Bruford from EMBL-EBI, Genny Kiff from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Mike Stratton, director of Wellcome Sanger Institute

07 Mar 2018

Supporters of women in science shine

Role models across the Wellcome Genome Campus recognised for promoting gender equality

Capra aegagrus (wild species, left) and Capra hircus (domesticspecies, right)

06 Mar 2018

How did we domesticate sheep and goats?

Sheep and goats use different patterns of gene selection to achieve similar characteristics

Artist's impression of depression and genetics. Credit: Spencer Phillips/EMBL-EBI

02 Mar 2018

The genetic risk factors for depression

Taking account of major adversity in life is important for understanding and diagnosing depression.

Artist's impression of the dark genome

23 Feb 2018

Illuminating the ‘druggable genome’

New method shines a light on unexplored sections of the human genome to find promising drug targets

Artist's impression of single cells map

22 Feb 2018

Revealing the devil in early cell life detail


  • Differences between cells can have significant effects during early life and in the early stages of disease 
  • A new technique, scNMT-seq, helps scientists detect these changes and examine their causes 
  • The knowledge gained will be useful for efforts to detect diseases like cancer earlier.