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2010-06-01 08:37:06

EMBL scientists identify molecules that ensure red blood cell production Red blood cells, the delivery men that take oxygen to cells all around the body, have short lives. To keep enough of them in circulation, the human body produces around 2 million of these cells every second "“ even more in response to challenges like severe blood loss. In a study published today in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Monterotondo,...

2010-05-20 07:00:00

BURLINGAME, Calif., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) had teamed up with leading public-domain data providers European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the U.S.-based informatics service provider Collaborative Drug Discovery (CDD) to make freely available key scientific information on more than 13,500 compounds that could ultimately lead to new treatments for malaria. The release of this data marks the first time that a...

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2010-05-03 09:10:04

During embryonic development, proteins called Polycomb group complexes turn genes off when and where their activity must not be present, preventing specialized tissues and organs from forming in the wrong places. They also play an important role in processes like stem cell differentiation and cancer. In a study published online Sunday May 2 in Nature, scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, identified a new Polycomb group complex, and were...

2010-04-25 08:23:15

Scientists have developed a new computational model to uncover gene regulation, the key to how our body develops "“ and how it can go wrong. The researchers, from The University of Manchester (UK), Aalto University (Finland) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory Heidelberg (Germany), say the new method identifies targets of regulator genes. The human genome contains instructions for making all the cells in our body. An individual cell's make up (e.g. muscle or blood) depends on...

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2010-04-08 11:33:38

EMBL-EBI researchers present global map of human gene expression Just like members of an orchestra are active at different times although playing the same piece of music, every cell in our body contains the same genetic sequence but expresses this differently to give rise to cells and tissues with specialized properties. By integrating gene expression data from an unprecedented variety of human tissue samples, Alvis Brazma and his team at the European Bioinformatics Institute, an outstation...

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2010-04-01 07:14:03

EMBL scientists identify the genes involved in cell division in humans Name a human gene, and you'll find a movie online showing you what happens to cells when it is switched off. This is the resource that researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, and their collaborators in the Mitocheck consortium are making freely available, as the result of a study in which they have identified the genes involved in mitosis "“ the most common form of cell...

2010-03-25 00:00:00

ST. LOUIS, March 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sigma® Life Science, the innovative biological products and services brand of Sigma-Aldrich® (Nasdaq: SIAL), today announced details of a corporate partnership with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Advanced Training Centre, based in Heidelberg, Germany, that officially opened on March 9, 2010. The partnership brings together EMBL's world-class advanced training program with Sigma Life Science...

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2010-03-19 10:02:54

The key to human individuality may lie not in our genes, but in the sequences that surround and control them, according to new research by scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Yale University and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory  (EMBL). The interaction of those sequences with a class of key proteins, called transcription factors, can vary significantly between two people and are likely to affect our appearance, our development and even our predisposition to...

2010-03-04 11:19:47

The thousands of bacteria, fungi and other microbes that live in our gut are essential contributors to our good health. They break down toxins, manufacture some vitamins and essential amino acids, and form a barrier against invaders. A study published today in Nature shows that, at 3.3 million, microbial genes in our gut outnumber previous estimates for the whole of the human body. Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, working within the...

2010-02-01 12:30:27

Small molecules give EMBL scientists bigger picture of animal evolution The last ancestor we shared with worms, which roamed the seas around 600 million years ago, may already have had a sophisticated brain that released hormones into the blood and was connected to various sensory organs. The evidence comes not from a newly found fossil but from the study of microRNAs "“ small RNA molecules that regulate gene expression "“ in animals alive today. Scientists at the European...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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