Developmental constraints in cave beetles

Subterranean beetles of the tribe Leptodirini show a wide range of life cycle modifications, including a reduced number of larval instars, an increase in egg size and a reduction in their number per clutch. In this work researchers show that, unexpectedly, developmental timing and duration are highly conserved among species irrespective of these life cycle modifications.

Concept, application and bioinformatic tools to be able to work with Genotype networks

Genotype networks are a concept used in the field of systems biology to study the ''evolvability'' or ''innovability'' of a set of genotypes having the same, broadly defined, phenotype, such as viability, and to determine whether a given phenotype is robust to mutations. In two different publications researchers describe the concept, application and the bioinformatic tools to be able to work with them.

Doctoral Thesis Defense Pierre Luisi: "Positive selection in humans from single genes to interaction maps"

Defendant: Pierre Luisi
Theis Director: Jaume Bertranpetit
Universitat Pompeu Fabra; 31st October;  10:30; Sala Josep Marull, Doctor Aiguader 80

Specification of Differentiated Adult Progenitors via Inhibition of Endocycle Entry in the Drosophila Trachea

In this paper researchers have identified the mechanism that controls the genetic determination of progenitors adult cells versus larval cells.  Drosophila tracheal system consist of  a population of  adult trachea progenitor cells arises from differentiated cells of the larval main trachea that retain the ability to reenter the cell cycle and give rise to the multiple adult tracheal cell types. 

Published the 2014 SIR SCImago Institutions Rankings

The SIR (SCImago Institutions Rankings) is a characterization of institutions, grounded on three sets of ranges based on research, innovation and web visibility indicators. 2014 SIR includes more than 5100 worldwide Ranked Research Institutions. IBE in the SIR

Signature of a new code of Good Scientific Practice of PRBB Centres

As an evidence of the acceptance of the contents of the fifth edition of the Code of Good Scientific Practice , the directors of the PRBB centres publicly signed a certificate and committed to promoting dissemination and adherence to its contents within the centres in Barcelona on October 15, 2014.

Multilocus molecular systematics and evolution in time and space of Calligrapha

In this article Gómez Zurita tells the story of a lineage of leaf beetles that originated in the Late Miocene, some 10 Ma ago, in arid, open vegetation environments of the most meridional latitudes of the large island-continent that was North America at the time. Ref. Art. Montelongo, T. & Gómez-Zurita, J. (2014). Zoologica Scripta, 43, 605-62.

2014 Open day PRBB. The chronicle of a fun day for science

On 4th of October took place the PRBB Open Day. Scientists and other staff  of all PRBB centers helped to bring science closer to children and adults. Activities included guided tours to the installations, conferences, workshops and practical experiments. We thank all the volunteers!

Doctoral Thesis Defense: Joan Garcia Porta

Title: "Evolution and diversification of the geckos of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra"
Theis Director: salvador Carranza
University: Universitat de Barcelona

Arnau Sebé-Padrós wins the 2012-2103 UB PhD extraordinari prize in Biology

Arnau Sebé-Padrós wins the 2012-2013 PhD (Biology) extraordinari prize from Universitat de Barcelona for the Thesis entitled:'The origins of multicellularity in metazoa, a genomic and functional aproximation"


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