DrosEU funded by the first "Special Topic Networks" ESEB call
STNs support dynamic and flexible series of small meetings and other networking opportunities. The main objective of DrosEU is to cooperate closely in collecting, generating and analyzing genomic and environmental data for numerous Drosophila populations across Europe.
Losing Complexity: The Role of Simplification in Macroevolution
Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo reviews the role of simplification in macroevolution. Ref. Art.: O’Malley, M.A.; Wideman, J.G.; Ruiz-Trillo, I. (2016). Losing Complexity: The Role of Simplification in Macroevolution. Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Xavier Bellés renewed as a member of "Consell Assessor per al Desenvolupament Sostenible de Catalunya"
CADS is formed by 15 members, and among several funtions, it advises on the general guidelines of policies with impact on the environment and sustainable development.
IBE research highlighted at CosmoCaixa museum
During one year, the IBE will be at Top Ciència, a space of Cosmocaixa (Barcelona), aimed at promoting scientific careers and showing Spanish cutting-edge research. The Top Ciència area is composed of different audio-visual and interactive materials to know better what evolutionary biology is and what kind of research IBE scientists perform.
Searching for the origins of the first protoorganisms
Scientists observed the evolution of cell populations located in the same environment containing limited nutrients and toxic substances. Ref. Art.: Duran-Nebreda, S.; [3 authors]; Solé, R. (2016). Emergence of proto-organisms from bistable stochastic differentiation & adhesion. J R Soc Interface
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
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.