Press releases from EMBL-EBI

Sketches of octopus, platypus and wheat. Credit: Spencer Phillips/EMBL-EBI

20 Dec 2017

Curious genomes

All living things are made from the same stuff – DNA – but some genomes really show off the wonderful weirdness of Nature 

Ontology Mapping Service logo

18 Dec 2017

Ontology Mapping Service: an EMBL-EBI – industry collaboration

Scientists working in many sectors, disciplines, countries and languages use different types of data about drugs and diseases for their research. Discoverability is a perpetual challenge.

Open Targets background and logo

04 Dec 2017

Takeda joins drug target discovery initiative

Open Targets announced today that Takeda has joined its pioneering public-private collaboration to transform drug discovery by improving the success rate for developing new medicines. Takeda is a global, R&D-driven pharmaceutical company with expertise in oncology, gastroenterology (GI) and central nervous system (CNS) disease that will complement the offerings of GSK, Biogen, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), and build on the initiative’s success.

Person holding tablet showing 3D protein structure in PDBe

30 Nov 2017

Exploring 3D macromolecules in a flash

New techniques from gaming allow users to load giant 3D protein images quickly in PDBe

BioModels logo on gray background

29 Nov 2017

BioModels performance boost, new model formats

Public repository upgraded to handle more types of mathematical models and offer improved performance and search

Food security and bioinformatics: Illustration by Spencer Phillips, EMBL-EBI

21 Nov 2017

Food security and bioinformatics

EMBL-EBI supports data-driven research into plants, pathogens, pollinators and pests. What’s next?

Gametocytes of malaria-causing Plasmodium parasites

21 Nov 2017

How malaria parasites reproduce: new insights

Study into the reproduction of malaria parasites reveals faster and broader protein regulation than expected

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09 Nov 2017

Driving genomics: EMBL-EBI and GA4GH

EMBL-EBI is involved in three GA4GH Driver Projects, which are developing and testing the data standards needed to enable genomics in healthcare.

25 genomes logo and image of robin. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons and Sanger Institute, Genome Research Ltd.

07 Nov 2017

Public to vote in 25 Genomes Project

The story

  • EMBL-EBI is helping celebrate the 25th anniversary of its close collaborator, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, by participating in the 25 Genomes Project.
  • The project will sequence the genomes of 25 UK resident species and make them available to the public through Ensembl
  • The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institutes invites members of the public, including school children to vote for the final five species in a competition organised with the "I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here" programme
EMBL-EBI databases reimagined as cabinet of curiosities

07 Nov 2017

A smart cabinet of curiosities

How open data is changing our pursuit of discovery

Manual entitled PDX standards with albino mouse on cover

31 Oct 2017

FAIR mouse cancer models

Minimal information standard makes Patient-Derived Xenograft models easy to find, access, integrate and reuse

Open Access illustration by Spencer Phillips, EMBL-EBI

27 Oct 2017

Open access: transforming science

EMBL’s open access policy aims to make EMBL research widely and freely accessible. Its research ourputs are available for both reading and reuse, providing opportunities to enrich the scientific literature and transform the life and health sciences.

Mouse and soundwave

12 Oct 2017

Novel hearing loss genes identified

Scientists link 52 genes to hearing loss in mice for first time; could lead to insights into deafness in humans

Image of whipworm. Credits: Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

28 Sep 2017

UK pupils and scientists explore parasite problem


  • Challenge: The human whipworm infects approximately 500 million people globally, mainly children, but there is no vaccine against it.
  • Solution: Understanding the whipworm genome will help scientists develop vaccines and treatments effectively.
  • Event: UK school students will work alongside scientists on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge to produce the first fully annotated genome sequence for the human whipworm.
Aerial shot of participants during 10 year anniversary Training Symposium

21 Sep 2017

Ten years of training at EMBL-EBI

International experts gather at EMBL-EBI to reflect on the future of bioinformatics training

Artist's impression of the human bowel

01 Sep 2017

Bowel cancer study reveals impact of mutations on protein networks


  • In the UK alone, 110 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every day
  • Scientists have completed a detailed study of many of the proteins in bowel cancer cell lines
  • The results could enable researchers to predict which drugs would be effective in treating bowel cancer
Artist's impression of metabolic models. Credit: Spencer Phillips, EMBL-EBI

22 Aug 2017

BioModels: New patient derived metabolic models

EMBL-EBI’s BioModels Database hosts 6753 new patient-derived genome-scale metabolic models


Map of Latin America and DNA data

22 Jul 2017

Bioinformatics in Latin America

CABANA will consolidate bioinformatics in Latin America, focussing on disease, food production and biodiversity