Title for 'Earth's first animal? likely goes to simple sea creature

Sponges may be source of molecular fossils that significantly predate Cambrian explosion. Watch the video. Ref. Art.: Gold, D.A.; Grabenstatter, J.; de Mendoza, A.; Riesgo, A.; Ruiz-Trillo, I.; and Summons, R.E. (2016). Sterol and genomic analyses validate the sponge biomarker hypothesis. PNAS USA

Neanderthals mated with modern humans much earlier than previously thought

Researchers find first genetic evidence of modern human DNA in a Neanderthal individual. The interbred happened 100.000 years ago, before the 65.000 years ago previously thought. Ref. Art.: Kuhlwilm, M. et al. (2016). Ancient gene flow from modern humans into Siberian Neanderthals. Nature

The Generalitat awards Jaume Bertranpetit with the Narcís Monturiol medal

The awards ceremony took place on the 11th of February at the Palau de la Generalitat. The Minister for Business and Enterprise, Jordi Baiget, will chair the event with the assistance of Arcadi Navarro, the current Secretary of Universities and Research.

New citizen science project: "Melanogaster: Catch the Fly"

González lab is leading a new citizen science project thanks to a fellowship granted by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).

Arcadi Navarro, nou secretari d'Universitats i Recerca de la Generalitat de Catalunya

Arcadi Navarro, que actualment dirigeix l’Evolutionary Genomics Lab de l'Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF), ha estat nomenat nou secretari d’Universitats i Recerca de la Generalitat de Catalunya, en el marc dels nomenaments que avui ha portat a terme el Govern català.

Yeasts Mate in Wasp Guts

The insects' insides provide a favorable environment for outcrossing in domestic and wild yeast strains, scientists show. Ref. Art.: Stefanini, I.; Dapporto, L.; Berná, L.; Polsinelli, M.; Turillazzi, S; Cavalieri, D. (2016). Social wasps are a Saccharomyces mating nest. PNAS

The role of Notch in the different types of instect ovaries

The role of Notch experienced important changes in the evolution of ovaries. Ref. art.: Irles P, Elshaer N, and Piulachs MD (2015). The Notch pathway regulates both the proliferation and differentiation of follicular cells in the panoistic ovary of Blattella germanica. Open Biology

Key gene in insect metamorphosis identified

IBE researchers have found that CBP regulates metamorphosis, feeding and moulting of cockroaches. Fernández-Nicolás A, and Bellés X (2015). CREB-binding protein contributes to the regulation of endocrine and developmental pathways in insect hemimetabolan pre-metamorphosis. Biochim. et Biophys. Acta

DNA reveals new identity for UAE geckos

Researchers have now demonstrated that two nocturnal geckos in the UAE, previously thought to belong to a single species, should be classified as two species. Ref. Art.: de Pous P, [9 authors], and Carranza S (2015). Taxonomy and biogeography of Bunopus spatalurus (Reptilia; Gekkonidae) from the Arabian Peninsula. J. Zoolog. Syst. Evol. Res.

Evolution of SUMO function and chain formation in insects

A recent paper by IBE researchers demonstrates the conservation of the role of SUMOylation in the metamorphosis across insect species. Ref. Art.: Ureña E, Pirone L, [8 authors], Martín D (2015). Evolution of SUMO function and chain formation in insects. Mol Biol Evol


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