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E-BioSci is a new, next generation scientific information service initiated by EMBO to meet the future needs of researchers in the life sciences and funded by the European Commission with 2,4 million Euro over three years. The service - aimed at establishing Europe’s leadership in one of the most important and fast moving scientific fields of our day - will offer scientists and other researchers new forms of navigation through the dramatically increasing flood of biological information and factual data repositories.
Rapid access to information plays a key role in advancing scientific research and innovation processes. In the field of life sciences, a flood of information is being amassed. However, it is no longer just the sheer amount of data that is problematic - the information is no longer held in just scientific articles. Large amounts are stored as multimedia material and in databases.
Hence a major challenge for scientists is accessing this information rapidly and efficiently. EMBO’s new trans-national project, E-BioSci, addresses these issues. It will allow users to navigate from a data record in either a bibliographic database, a biological sequence database, or elsewhere to the full text of a relevant journal article or other type of explanatory information. EMBO is undertaking this project as part of its mission to promote high-quality research activities in the life sciences.
The E-BioSci network involves seven European partners from four countries with expertise in providing access to and retrieval of information in digital form. E-BioSci builds on the European partners’ considerable strengths. It benefits from significant financial support from the European Community, but nonetheless its impact will be global. Ideas for the E-BioSci project grew out of discussions with many interested parties including scientists at the National Institutes of Health (USA).
"Our aim is to ensure high-quality, peer-reviewed, complete searchable combinations of information that would be made available on the desktop of every scientist throughout the world," explains Frank Gannon, EMBO’s Executive Director. "This is an ambition that can only be achieved with the strong cooperation from many parties including in particular, the libraries, the scientists, the publishers, and the various funding agencies." EMBO is aware of this challenge and is confident that together with the partners that are associated with the project it will succeed and that the benefits will be widely felt for many years to come.
Dr. Les Grivell
Tel.: +49 (0) 6221 8891-501
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 8891-210
Dr. Ellen Peerenboom
Tel.: +49 (0) 6221 8891-108
Fax: +49 (0) 6221 8891-200
E-BioSci at EMBO
Dr. Ellen Peerenboom | idw
Two Group A Streptococcus genes linked to 'flesh-eating' bacterial infections
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Rainbow colors reveal cell history: Uncovering β-cell heterogeneity
22.09.2017 | DFG-Forschungszentrum für Regenerative Therapien TU Dresden
At the productronica trade fair in Munich this November, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be presenting Laser-Based Tape-Automated Bonding, LaserTAB for short. The experts from Aachen will be demonstrating how new battery cells and power electronics can be micro-welded more efficiently and precisely than ever before thanks to new optics and robot support.
Fraunhofer ILT from Aachen relies on a clever combination of robotics and a laser scanner with new optics as well as process monitoring, which it has developed...
Plants and algae use the enzyme Rubisco to fix carbon dioxide, removing it from the atmosphere and converting it into biomass. Algae have figured out a way to increase the efficiency of carbon fixation. They gather most of their Rubisco into a ball-shaped microcompartment called the pyrenoid, which they flood with a high local concentration of carbon dioxide. A team of scientists at Princeton University, the Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University and the Max Plank Institute of Biochemistry have unravelled the mysteries of how the pyrenoid is assembled. These insights can help to engineer crops that remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while producing more food.
A warming planet
Our brains house extremely complex neuronal circuits, whose detailed structures are still largely unknown. This is especially true for the so-called cerebral cortex of mammals, where among other things vision, thoughts or spatial orientation are being computed. Here the rules by which nerve cells are connected to each other are only partly understood. A team of scientists around Moritz Helmstaedter at the Frankfiurt Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and Helene Schmidt (Humboldt University in Berlin) have now discovered a surprisingly precise nerve cell connectivity pattern in the part of the cerebral cortex that is responsible for orienting the individual animal or human in space.
The researchers report online in Nature (Schmidt et al., 2017. Axonal synapse sorting in medial entorhinal cortex, DOI: 10.1038/nature24005) that synapses in...
Whispering gallery mode (WGM) resonators are used to make tiny micro-lasers, sensors, switches, routers and other devices. These tiny structures rely on a...
Using ultrafast flashes of laser and x-ray radiation, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching, Germany) took snapshots of the briefest electron motion inside a solid material to date. The electron motion lasted only 750 billionths of the billionth of a second before it fainted, setting a new record of human capability to capture ultrafast processes inside solids!
When x-rays shine onto solid materials or large molecules, an electron is pushed away from its original place near the nucleus of the atom, leaving a hole...
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