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!
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 2012-2013 PhD (Biology) extraordinari prize from Universitat de Barcelona for the Thesis entitled:'The origins of multicellularity in metazoa, a genomic and functional aproximation"
In this study researchers highlight some evolutionary biology principles applied to medicine; what has been done, why it is not fully working and which are the prospects for the near future. The article is part of a series about "Genetics of Human Origins", edited by Aida Andrés & Katja Nowick.
In this study recently published in Ecology Letters magazine researchers describe a simple method (based on morphospaces) to predict the invasion success of an exotic species, using the mediterranean fish case study. Consistently with an old idea (from Darwin) invaders with a morphology that departs from the existing, resident "cloud" of morphologies is also more likely to exploit empty niches.
Ref. Art. Hidalgo-Galiana A, Monge M, Biron DG, Canals F, Ribera I, et al. 2014. Reproducibility and Consistency of Proteomic Experiments on Natural Populations of a Non-Model Aquatic Insect. PLoS ONE 9(8): e104734. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0104734
Ref. Art. Secondary contact and local adaptation contribute to genome-wide patterns of clinal variation in Drosophila melanogaster. 2014. Alan O. Bergland, Ray Tobler, Josefa González, Paul Schmidt, Dmitri Petrov. bioRxiv doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/009084
Researchers compare ancient hunter-gatherers and early farmers to present-day human genomes and find that Europeans today trace their ancestry to three ancient populations Ref. Art. Lazaridis et al. 2014. Ancient human genomes suggest three ancestral populations for present-day Europeans. Nature 513, 409-413. doi:10.1038/nature13673
Ref. Art: Origins and diversification of subsociality in leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Chrysomelinae). 2014. Chaboo,C., et al. Journal of Natural History . Vol. 48, Iss. 37-38, 2014
Ref. Art. Ramírez, et al. 2014. Genome data from a sixteenth century pig illuminate modern breed relationships. Heredity. Advance online publication 10 September 2014; doi: 10.1038/hdy.2014.81