Deciphering the origins of technological innovation

Pompeu Fabra University and the Institute of Evolutionary Biology are launching the project  NEWS: Prediction of Technological Innovation in Culturomic Networks, aimed at understanding the origins of innovation through the development of a theory of technological evolution.

The Hidden Biodiversity of Reptiles

IBE Scientists have discovered that a gecko subspecies could actually contain up to 14 different species. These species are called cryptic because it is necessary to analyse them genetically to be able to distinguish one from the others. These results are very important since, once differentiated, it has been seen that some of them may be in endangered.

Selection on the genomic diversity of a species increases with the population size

The rate of genomic adaptation is determined by the rate of environmental change, the availability of beneficial mutations, and the efficiency of positive selection. Scientists conclude that the impact of selection on the genomic diversity of a species increases with the effective population size, most likely due to the differential influx rate of beneficial mutations.

The fundamental causes of human ageing explained

Natural selection favours fragile and unhealthy old age if it is due to mutations that are beneficial during childhood. As of 40-50 years of age, natural selection is blind because we have already passed on our genes, whether beneficial or not, to our descendants. Knowing the genes and mutations involved in ageing may help to develop new strategies for the treatment of age-related diseases.


International experts debate the most recent breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence at the CosmoCaixa

On 7 and 8 March, on the occasion of a B-Debate, an initiative promoted by Biocat and Obra Social “la Caixa”, national and international experts in Artificial Intelligence will come together at the CosmoCaixa to talk about the dreams, the riscks and the reality of AI. This B-Debate organized by Luc Steels, principal investigator at the Isntitute of Evolutionary Biology.

Key genes for disease

Scientists at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology find common features in genes associated with diseases. The study, published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics, suggests a degree of biological importance in the genome depending on the linkage of genes to disease.

Applications for the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) are open!

IBE participates practical course “Uncovering the hidden diversity of the oceans” run by the Multicellgenome Lab. In this course students will be the first one to study a new species of Sphaeroforma that was isolated from the gut of a crustacean from the Arctic Ocean.

The bone remains of the person exhumed from the mass grave in Tremp have been genetically identified

Minister of the Catalan Government, Raül Romeva, has met with family members of Vicente Santolaria to present them with the archaeological summary and a genetic identification report. Genetic identification, led by the company Tríade Serveis Culturals, involved Pompeu Fabra University, the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Institute of Evolutionary Biology.

Scientists at IBE participate in the sequencing of the Iberian lynx genome

Genomic analysis of the Iberian lynx confirms that it is one of the species with the least genetic diversity among individuals, which means that it has little margin for adaptation. The research, which is published today in Genome Biology, has been coordinated by scientists at the Doñana Biological Station (CSIC). The use of new genomic resources will contribute to optimizing management aimed at preserving the maximum genetic diversity.

"Genes, reyes e impostores", nuevo libro de Carles Lalueza-Fox

El libro narra cómo el genoma ayuda a descifrar misterios históricos sobre las dinastías reales. Carles Lalueza-Fox, experto mundial en paleogenética, publica un ameno libro sobre falsas identidades y paternidades dudosas en las monarquías.


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