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Heidelberg, 5 December 2013 Light at the ends of the tunnel When scientists in the Beck group at EMBL Heidelberg determined what one of the nuclear pore’s main building blocks – Nup107 – looks like and how it is arranged, they found clues to the flexibility of this tunnel into the nucleus. Their study was recently featured on the cover of Cell.
Monterotondo, 10 November 2013 What are you scared of? What do bullies and sex have in common? Based on work by scientists at EMBL Monterotondo, it seems that the same part of the brain reacts to both. In a study published today in Nature Neuroscience, the researchers found that – at least in mice – different types of fear are processed by different groups of neurons. The findings could have implications for addressing phobias and panic attacks in humans.
Heidelberg, 23 October 2013 Bigger, better, faster The molecular machine that makes essential components of ribosomes is like a Swiss-army knife, researchers at EMBL Heidelberg and collaborators have found. By determining the 3-dimensional structure of this machine, called RNA polymerase I, for the first time, the scientists found that it incorporates modules which prevent it from having to recruit outside help. The findings, published online today in Nature, can help explain why this protein works faster than its better-studied counterpart.
Heidelberg, 13 October 2013 Choreographed origami Like a budding origami artist pencilling in the folds, the cell uses tags called methyl groups to help mark where and how an RNA molecule should be folded. In work published online today in Nature, scientists at EMBL Heidelberg have discovered that, to build ribosomes, pairs of these tags are added in a specific order.
Heidelberg, 25 September 2013 Without a trace Cells in a zebrafish embryo determine which direction they move in by effectively erasing the path behind them, scientists at EMBL Heidelberg have discovered. The findings, published online today in Nature, could have implications not just for development but also for cancer and metastasis.
Heidelberg, 12 September 2013 Potential new drug target for cystic fibrosis Scientists at EMBL Heidelberg, Regensburg University, and the University of Lisboa have discovered a promising potential drug target for cystic fibrosis. Their work, published online today in Cell, also uncovers a large set of genes not previously linked to the disease, demonstrating how a new screening technique can help identify new drug targets.
Grenoble, 11 August 2013 From fireman to arsonist A protein that prevents cells becoming cancerous can turn into an oncogene, scientists at the EMBL Grenoble have discovered. The finding, published today in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, stems from the first 3D structure of the protein’s active core, and opens up new avenues for drug design.
Heidelberg, 7 August 2013 Cells eat themselves into shape To quickly smooth out their surface, cells in the fruit fly embryo ‘suck in’ long tubes of membrane in a specialised type of endocytosis, scientists at EMBL Heidelberg have found. The study, published today in Nature Communications, could help explain how the cells on your skin become different from those that line your stomach or intestine.
Heidelberg, 11 July 2013 How to build your gate Decade-old controversy over structure of nuclear pore solved, thanks to new method in which EMBL scientists combine thousands of super-resolution microscopy images to reach a precision below one nanometre.
- BioTechniques , 30 July 2013 Super-resolution Imaging of Large Protein Complexes
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