Losing Complexity: The Role of Simplification in Macroevolution

Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo reviews the role of simplification in macroevolution. Ref. Art.:  O’Malley, M.A.; Wideman, J.G.; Ruiz-Trillo, I. (2016). Losing Complexity: The Role of Simplification in Macroevolution. Trends in Ecology & Evolution

Xavier Bellés renewed as a member of "Consell Assessor per al Desenvolupament Sostenible de Catalunya"

CADS is formed by 15 members, and among several funtions, it advises on the general guidelines of policies with impact on the environment and sustainable development.

IBE research highlighted at CosmoCaixa museum

During one year, the IBE will be at Top Ciència, a space of Cosmocaixa (Barcelona), aimed at promoting scientific careers and showing Spanish cutting-edge research. The Top Ciència area is composed of different audio-visual and interactive materials to know better what evolutionary biology is and what kind of research IBE scientists perform.

Searching for the origins of the first protoorganisms

Scientists observed the evolution of cell populations located in the same environment containing limited nutrients and toxic substances. Ref. Art.: Duran-Nebreda, S.; [3 authors]; Solé, R. (2016). Emergence of proto-organisms from bistable stochastic differentiation & adhesion. J R Soc Interface

Discovered the mechanism that controls the pupa formation during insect metamorphosis

If any of the three key proteins are inhibited, the insect will not reach adulthood. Ureña; E.; Chafino, S.; Manjón, C.; Franch-Marro, X.; Martín, D. (2016). The Occurrence of the Holometabolous Pupal Stage Requires the Interaction between E93, Kr-h1 and Broad-Complex. PLoS Genet 

Tomàs Marquès-Bonet appointed as Vice-Director of IBE

The change was formally approved by the IBE Exectuive Board in February and the Board of Trustees in April. Along with Prof. Xavier Bellés, Tomàs Marquès-Bonet is therefore the second member of IBE's directorate and becomes a member of the IBE Executive Board.

Artificial organs: where are the limits?

The creation of new organisms is the final objective of synthetic biology. Ref. Art.: Ollé-Vila, S.; Duran-Nebreda, S.; Conde-Pueyo, N.; Montañez, R.; Solé, R. (2016). A morphospace for synthetic organs and organoids: the possible and the actual. Integrative Biology

The ability to regulate distant genes in the genome, key to the emergence of animals

A team of researchers at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF) has deciphered the genetic mechanisms responsible for the evolutionary success of animals, including humans. We share more genomic regulatory mechanisms with the amoeba ‘ Capsaspora owczarzaki’, than we differ from.

More than 50% of Socotra's reptiles, still undiscovered

A study led by CSIC scientists unveils that over 50% of reptile species in Yemen could be unknown. Ref. Art.: Unexpectedly High Levels of Cryptic Diversity Uncovered by a Complete DNA Barcoding of Reptiles of the Socotra Archipelago. Vasconcelos, R. et al. (2016) PloS One

First study of the effects of climate change on underground beetles

IBE scientists have studied the adaptation & thermal tolerance of 85 species of the Pyrenees. Ref. Art.: Sánchez-Fernández D, [4 authors], Ribera I (2016). Thermal niche estimators and the capability of poor dispersal species to cope with climate change. Scientific Reports. News in Spanish.


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