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.

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

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

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

In memoriam: Margarita Metallinou

Margarita was MSc student at IBE (2008-09), and Phd student (2009-13).She was always enthusiastic towards scientific challenges and created a stimulating atmosphere around her. She passed away on 2nd July 2015 in an unfortunated accident while doing research in Zambia. Although she is not anymore among us, her memories will live on.

XV Jornada de Biologia Evolutiva

Dimarts, 23 de juny, la Secció de Biologia Evolutiva de la Societat Catalana de Biologia (SCB), filial de l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans, va reunir a Barcelona una norantena d’investigadors amb motiu de la celebració de la quinzena edició d’una de les jornades científiques amb més tradició i seguiment de la SCB: la de biologia evolutiva.

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


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