Discovered the mechanism that controls the pupa formation during insect metamorphosis
If any of the three key proteins are inhibited, the insect will not reach adulthood. Ureña; E.; Chafino, S.; Manjón, C.; Franch-Marro, X.; Martín, D. (2016). The Occurrence of the Holometabolous Pupal Stage Requires the Interaction between E93, Kr-h1 and Broad-Complex. PLoS Genet
Tomàs Marquès-Bonet appointed as Vice-Director of IBE
The change was formally approved by the IBE Exectuive Board in February and the Board of Trustees in April. Along with Prof. Xavier Bellés, Tomàs Marquès-Bonet is therefore the second member of IBE's directorate and becomes a member of the IBE Executive Board.
Artificial organs: where are the limits?
The creation of new organisms is the final objective of synthetic biology. Ref. Art.: Ollé-Vila, S.; Duran-Nebreda, S.; Conde-Pueyo, N.; Montañez, R.; Solé, R. (2016). A morphospace for synthetic organs and organoids: the possible and the actual. Integrative Biology
The ability to regulate distant genes in the genome, key to the emergence of animals
We share more genomic regulatory mechanisms with the amoeba ‘ Capsaspora owczarzaki’, than we differ from. Sebé-Pedrós, A.; [7 authors]; Ruiz-Trillo, I. (2016). The Dynamic Regulatory Genome of Capsaspora owczarzaki and the Origin of Animal Multicellularity. Cell
More than 50% of Socotra's reptiles, still undiscovered
A study led by CSIC scientists unveils that over 50% of reptile species in Yemen could be unknown. Ref. Art.: Unexpectedly High Levels of Cryptic Diversity Uncovered by a Complete DNA Barcoding of Reptiles of the Socotra Archipelago. Vasconcelos, R. et al. (2016) PloS One
Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo named Guest Editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution
Molecular Biology and Evolution, a journal of Oxford University Press, has an Impact Factor of 9,1 and appears in the first decile of the three subject categories to which the journal has been assigned. Guest editors can be upgraded to Associate Editors after a probation period of three months.
First study of the effects of climate change on underground beetles
IBE scientists have studied the adaptation & thermal tolerance of 85 species of the Pyrenees. Ref. Art.: Sánchez-Fernández D, [4 authors], Ribera I (2016). Thermal niche estimators and the capability of poor dispersal species to cope with climate change. Scientific Reports. News in Spanish.
ICREA Academia Award for Elena Bosch
Elena Bosch heads the Evolutionary Population Genetics group and has been presented with the 2015 ICREA Academia Award by the Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA). The award ceremony took place yesterday at the Palau Reial de Pedralbes. IBE hosts 8 researchers who have received the ICREA seal of recognition.
IBE participates in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge
The Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) is a two-week program with no equivalent in Spain that aims to connect students who are passionate about science with top researchers of the best international research centers based in Catalonia.
Neanderthals mated with modern humans much earlier than previously thought
Researchers find first genetic evidence of modern human DNA in a Neanderthal individual. The interbred happened 100.000 years ago, before the 65.000 years ago previously thought. Ref. Art.: Kuhlwilm, M. et al. (2016). Ancient gene flow from modern humans into Siberian Neanderthals. Nature