Jaume Bertranpetit receives the Narcís Monturiol Medal
First given by the Catalan Government in 1982, these awards recognize the contribution of Catalan organisations and authorities to the fields of science and technology. This year there are a total of 16 awardees.
Les noves tècniques de seqüenciació d'ADN milloren l'estudi genètic de restes òssies de la guerra civil espanyola
F. Casals, cap del Servei de Genòmica de la UPF; J. Bertranpetit i F. Calafell, investigadors de l'IBE, i A. Malgosa, investigadora de la UAB, han presentat un estudi pioner de genètica forense de les restes d'una fossa comuna de la guerra civil.
Images from the Mind
Researchers at the IBE collaborated in the development of a Brain-Computer Interface that reconstructs images with the mind, using electro- encephalography signals. Seoane LF, Gabler S & Blankertz B (2015). Images from the mind: BCI image evolution based on rapid serial visual presentation of polygon primitives. Brain-Computer Interfaces
Natural mutation found in flies confers them with a faster developmental time
This insertion was first hypothesized to be adaptive to temperate environments. Ref. art.: Ullastres A, Petit N, González J (2015). Exploring the Phenotypic Space and the Evolutionary History of a Natural Mutation in Drosophila melanogaster. Molecular Biology and Evolution
DNA suggests that the diversity of European butterflies could be seriously underestimated
Scientists have obtained the DNA sequences of the 228 known butterfly species in the Iberian peninsula and compared it to available data for Europe. Ref. Art.: Dinca, V., et al (2015) DNA barcode reference library for Iberian butterflies enables a continental -scale preview of potential cryptic diversity. Sci Rep
Discovery of new genes that may explain why insects are the most evolutionarily successful group of organisms
Eglps may have favored the appearance of the pupal stage in the life cycle of insects. Finn RN, Chauvigné F, Stavang JA, Belles X & Cerdà J. 2015. Insect glycerol transporters evolved by functional co-option and gene replacement. Nat Comms
Studying the sexual maturation of cockroaches
The tergal gland is a structure exclusive of adult male cockroaches that produces substances attractive to the female. Ref. Art.: Belles X, Ylla G (2015). Towards understanding the molecular basis of cockroach tergal gland morphogenesis. A transcriptomic approach. Insect Biochem Mol Biol
DNA regions may evolve differently
The adaptive history of coding and noncoding sequences seems to be decoupled. Ref. Art.: Santpere G, Carnero-Montoro E, [7 authors], Navarro A, and Bosch E (2015). Analysis of Five Gene Sets in Chimpanzees Suggests Decoupling between the Action of Selection on Protein-Coding and on Noncoding Elements. Genome Biol Evol
Populations in eastern Africa have a very rich genetic diversity
They found a common origin for most Nilo-Saharan speaking groups. Ref. Art.: Dobon B, Hassan HY, Laayouni H, [5 autors], Comas D, Netea MG, and Bertranpetit J (2015). The genetics of East African populations: a Nilo-Saharan component in the African genetic landscape. Scientific Reports
Gerard Talavera expedition in Chad featured at National Geographic
"Collecting Butterflies in Chad", a picture of Gerard Talavera collecting butterflies in Chad and taken by Roger Vila, has been featured in the section "Explorer Moment of the Day" of National Geographic.