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2009-09-22 09:46:23

For scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Monterotondo, Italy, what seemed like a disappointing result turned out to be an important discovery. Their findings, published online this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), provide conclusive proof that, when a muscle is injured, white blood cells called macrophages play a crucial role in its regeneration. The scientists also uncovered the genetic switch that controls this process,...

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2009-09-13 12:48:55

EMBL scientists come a step closer to understanding skin, breast and other cancers Stem cells have a unique ability: when they divide, they can either give rise to more stem cells, or to a variety of specialized cell types. In both mice and humans, a layer of cells at the base of the skin contains stem cells that can develop into the specialized cells in the layers above. Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Monterotondo, in collaboration with colleagues at the...

2009-08-25 15:33:32

The UK has made its first substantial commitment to a major emerging pan-European science project with a £10M investment (25 August) by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).BBSRC has awarded funding to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), based at Hinxton near Cambridge, to permit a dramatic increase in the Institute's data storage and handling capacity. The funding is the first step in developing the...

2009-08-13 16:00:00

EMBL scientists identify a rapid response team that monitors and quickly responds to DNA damageOur genome is constantly under attack from things like UV light and toxins, which can damage or even break DNA strands and ultimately lead to cancer and other diseases. Scientists have known for a long time that when DNA is damaged, a key enzyme sets off a cellular "Ëœalarm bell' to alert the cell to start the repair process, but until recently little was known about how the cell detects...

2009-08-11 12:29:41

Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and their colleagues in 30 labs worldwide have released a new set of standards for graphically representing biological information "“ the biology equivalent of the circuit diagram in electronics. This visual language should make it easier to exchange complex information, so that models are accurate, efficient and readily understandable. The new standard, called the Systems Biology...

2009-08-04 08:00:00

SHANGHAI, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Shanghai ChemPartner Co., Ltd., (ChemPartner) a wholly owned subsidiary of ShangPharma Corporation, announced today that it has moved its drug discovery collaboration with ELARA Pharmaceuticals to a new level. ChemPartner will provide fully integrated services in the areas of DMPK, pharmacology and toxicology for ELARA's lead oncology programs. Members of the joint project team from both sides will work closely together to design and execute a drug...

2009-08-03 09:40:36

EMBL development may provide powerful new test for inflammatory lung diseasesChronic inflammatory lung diseases like chronic bronchitis and emphysema are a major global health problem, and the fourth leading cause of death and disability in developed countries, with smoking accounting for 90% of the risk for developing them. Work by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and its Molecular Medicine Partnership Unit (MMPU) with the University of Heidelberg, Germany, has...

2009-07-07 16:05:00

Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the University of Heidelberg, Germany, have come a step closer to understanding how cholesterol levels are regulated. In a study published today in the journal Cell Metabolism, the researchers identified 20 genes that are involved in this process. Besides giving scientists a better idea of where to look to uncover the mechanisms that ensure cholesterol balance is maintained, the discovery could lead to new treatments for...

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2009-06-23 10:45:00

Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the University Clinic Heidelberg, Germany, have produced a three-dimensional reconstruction of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), which shows the structure of the immature form of the virus at unprecedented detail. Immature HIV is a precursor of the infectious virus, which can cause AIDS. The study, published in the 22-26 June online edition of PNAS, describes how the protein coat that packages the virus' genetic material...

2009-05-29 12:00:13

Scientists discover that sugar tags on nuclear proteins have an important developmental function Proteins are the executive agents that carry out all processes in a cell. Their activity is controlled and modified with the help of small chemical tags that can be dynamically added to and removed from the protein. 25 years after its first discovery, researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg have now gained insight into the role of one of these tags, a small...


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