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
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 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.
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, 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.
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 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
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
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.
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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