Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo named Guest Editor of Molecular Biology and Evolution

Molecular Biology and Evolution, a journal of Oxford University Press, has an Impact Factor of 9,1 and appears in the first decile of the three subject categories to which the journal has been assigned. Guest editors can be upgraded to Associate Editors after a probation period of three months.

ICREA Academia Award for Elena Bosch

Elena Bosch heads the Evolutionary Population Genetics group and has been presented with the 2015 ICREA Academia Award by the Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA). The award ceremony took place yesterday at the Palau Reial de Pedralbes. IBE hosts 8 researchers who have received the ICREA seal of recognition.

IBE participates in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge

The Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC) is a two-week program with no equivalent in Spain that aims to connect students who are passionate about science with top researchers of the best international research centers based in Catalonia.

IBE Scientists participate in a new EU-COST Action

Prof Xavier Bellés and Dr Dolors Piulachs participate in iPlanta, a new project that seeks to collate and disseminate available information on plant RNAi and on RNAi systems in pests and pathogens of crop plants. The Network will involve researchers from  more than 30 countries.

The use of the programming languages is determined by social imitation mechanisms

A recent model suggests that the success or the failure of the programming languages could be strongly determined by social imitation mechanisms. Ref. Ar.: Solé R, Valverde S. A Cultural Diffusion Model for the Rise and Fall of Programming Languages. Human Biology

Researchers improve biological computing

New study presents a novel method for better implementing multicellular computing devices. Ref. Art.: Macia, J.*; Manzoni, R.*; Conde, N.*; Urrios, A.; de Nadal, E.; Solé, R.*; and Posas, F.* (2016). Implementation of Complex Biological Logic Circuits Using Spatially Distributed Multicellular Consortia. PLoS Comp Bio

IBE participates in SINGEK, the first H2020 Innovative Training Network

The Network is devoted to promote single cell genomics to explore the ecology and evolution of hidden microeukaryotes. IBE participation is led by Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo, with a project entitled "Uncultured opisthokonts and the origin of metazoan multicellularity"

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.


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