SCIENTIFIC EVENTS: 2013 Barcelona Summer School of Genomics and Bioinformatics
Barcelona Summer School of Genomics and Bioinformatics (BSSGB2013) Courses NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION. The school offers two courses this september on Bioinformatic Analysis for Next Generation Sequencing and Next generation Sequencing for Medical Genomics. More info
SCIENTIFICA AGENDA: Doctoral Thesis Defense Marc García Garcerà
PhD Student: Marc García Garcerá
Title: Methodological preparation and characterization of the microbial ecology of the skin
Thesis Director: Francesc Calafell
Institution & Date: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 21 juny 2013
Place : Sala Charles Darwin (PRBB)
European and Asian populations share the genetic risk of development of the most prevalent diseases
Researchers Urko Martínez-Marigorta and Arcadi Navarro, from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC), have endured the biggest comparative study to date on the genetic architecture of the most prevalent complex diseases in different human populations.
the results of the study, that today publishes PLOS Genetics, confirm that the major part of common mutations that cause disease appeared before the separation of European and Asiatic populations. The humans are bond both in health and disease.
To share information across continents in order to increase the spectrum when designing new drugs, as well as alert people with a higher risk to develop a certain disease, are some potential applications of the results of this study
Reference article: Martinez-Marigorta U. and Navarro A. "High Trans-ethnic Replicability of GWAS Results Implies Common Causal Variants". PLOS Genetics. 13 June 2013. Doi pgen.1003566
IBE NEWS: David Comas new IBE Vice Director
David Comas has been appointed new IBE ViceDirector in substitution of Arcadi Navarro (recently appointed Director of UPF CEXS Department). David Comas leaders the "Human Genome Diversity Group" at the Population Genetics Scientific Program.
Some other changes on the IBE structure have been derived; Carles Lalueza and Jaume Bertranpetit have been appointed as new Program Coordinators of the Comparative and Computational Genomics Program, and Population Genetics Program, respectively. We congratulate all of them.
Festa de la Ciència i la Tecnologia 2013: 15 i 16 de juny Parc de la Ciutadella
La ciència al teu món Taller: Dissabte 15, 11 - 15 h i diumenge 16, 11 - 15 h, aula 8 / 8 - 12 anys Vine i descobreix les mutacions produïdes pels gens saltarins i com algunes d'aquestes mutacions ajuden els organismes a adaptar-se a l'ambient. Josefa González, Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF). Més informació
Inbreeding was the cause of albinism of Barcelona zoo albino gorilla "Snowflake"
Researchers at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology from the group of the "primate genomics Lab" directed by T. Marqués-Bonet have led the study that sequenced the genome of the famous albino gorilla, a symbol of Barcelona Zoo and the city.
The study, to be published in early June in the journal BMC Genomics, opens a new methodological path in the area of conservation genetics of endangered species.
Ref. article: Prado-Martinez, J. et al. "The genome sequencing of an albino Western lowland gorilla reveals inbreeding in the wild". BMC Genomics. June 2013.
Southern Europeans genetic diversity is explained by gene flow from North Africa
This is the conclusion of the research that today publishes PNAS, based on Single Nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) analysis of 43 polulations from North Africa and Europe. The study has been a joint effort between IBE and Stanford University researchers, and has been coordinated by the group of "Population Genetics" directed by David Comas.
Reference article: Botigué et al. Gene flow from North Africa contributes to differential human genetic diversity in Southern Europe. PNAS.http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/05/30/1306223110
Iñaki Ruiz Trillo new member of Biology letters Editorial Board
Iñaki Ruiz Trillo is now member of the editorial Board of Biology Letters . Biology Letters publishes short, highly-innovative, cutting-edge research articles and opinion pieces accessible to scientists from across the biological sciences.
SCIENTIFIC NEWS: Field study for the conservation of the Reptiles of Oman: expedition Spring 2013
IBE Researchers from Salvador Carranza's Group, in collaboration with Omani authorities, have just launched an unprecedented field exploration in Oman, with the goal of describing several new species and mapping all the reptile diversity of the country. For more information, visit: www.omanherpetology.org
"La Ciència Al Teu Món" an outreach Project for an Open, Plural and Competitive Society
If you are a ESO student in Catalonia, you are still on time!
Participate and win!!: http://lacienciaalteumon.cat/