New citizen science project: "Melanogaster: Catch the Fly"
González lab is leading a new citizen science project thanks to a fellowship granted by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).
Arcadi Navarro, nou secretari d'Universitats i Recerca de la Generalitat de Catalunya
Arcadi Navarro, que actualment dirigeix l’Evolutionary Genomics Lab de l'Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF), ha estat nomenat nou secretari d’Universitats i Recerca de la Generalitat de Catalunya, en el marc dels nomenaments que avui ha portat a terme el Govern català.
Yeasts Mate in Wasp Guts
The insects' insides provide a favorable environment for outcrossing in domestic and wild yeast strains, scientists show. Ref. Art.: Stefanini, I.; Dapporto, L.; Berná, L.; Polsinelli, M.; Turillazzi, S; Cavalieri, D. (2016). Social wasps are a Saccharomyces mating nest. PNAS
The role of Notch in the different types of instect ovaries
The role of Notch experienced important changes in the evolution of ovaries. Ref. art.: Irles P, Elshaer N, and Piulachs MD (2015). The Notch pathway regulates both the proliferation and differentiation of follicular cells in the panoistic ovary of Blattella germanica. Open Biology
Key gene in insect metamorphosis identified
IBE researchers have found that CBP regulates metamorphosis, feeding and moulting of cockroaches. Fernández-Nicolás A, and Bellés X (2015). CREB-binding protein contributes to the regulation of endocrine and developmental pathways in insect hemimetabolan pre-metamorphosis. Biochim. et Biophys. Acta
DNA reveals new identity for UAE geckos
Researchers have now demonstrated that two nocturnal geckos in the UAE, previously thought to belong to a single species, should be classified as two species. Ref. Art.: de Pous P, [9 authors], and Carranza S (2015). Taxonomy and biogeography of Bunopus spatalurus (Reptilia; Gekkonidae) from the Arabian Peninsula. J. Zoolog. Syst. Evol. Res.
Evolution of SUMO function and chain formation in insects
A recent paper by IBE researchers demonstrates the conservation of the role of SUMOylation in the metamorphosis across insect species. Ref. Art.: Ureña E, Pirone L, [8 authors], Martín D (2015). Evolution of SUMO function and chain formation in insects. Mol Biol Evol
Employing electricity principles in genetic engineering
In this paper IBE scientists demonstrate how genes are indirectly coupled. Carbonell-Ballestero M, Garcia-Ramallo E, Montañez R, Rodriguez-Caso C, and Macía J (2015). Dealing with the genetic load in bacterial synthetic biology circuits: convergences with the Ohm's law. Nucleic Acids Research
Scientists consider the boundaries in artificial intelligence research at the CCCB
ICREA collaborates with the CCCB in order to inform the general public about the advances being made in high-level research in Catalonia. Arcadi Navarro, will raise the benefits that intelligence has given to the human species on its conference " Intelligence as evolution strategy".
BioCloud, a new startup with IBE participation
A new startup has been created with the participation of Guillem Ylla, PhD student at Prof Xavier Bellés lab, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). BioCloud aims to provide cloud solutions for bioinformatic challenges.