IBE Research in the Media

On the news "Researcher Tomàs Marquès-Bonet is the new director of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology":

On the news "The Hidden Biodiversity of Reptiles" (about Salvador Carranza):

On the news "Deciphering the origins of technological innovation" (about Sergi Valverde):

On the publication of the article Rodríguez, J.A. et al (2017) Hum Mol gen (with the participation of Elena Bosch and Arcadi Navarro):

On the publication of the article Spataro, N. et al (2017) Hum Mol gen (with the participation of Elena Bosch):

On the publication of the book "Genes, reyes e impostores" (by Carles Lalueza-Fox):

  • 23rd November, 2016. Quo. "¿Por qué a mí?" (with the participation of Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo)

On the publication of the article Arauna L.R. et al (2016) Mol Bio Ev:

On the publication of the article de Manuel, M. et al (2016) Science (Corresponding author: Tomàs Marquès-Bonet):

On the outreach project "Melanogaster Catch The Fly" (PI: Josefa González):

On the publication of the article Sebé-Padrós, A. et al (2016) Dev Cell:

On the publication of the article Carranza, S. et al (2016) PeerJ:

On the publication of the article Gelabert, P. et al (2016). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) (with the participation of Carles Lalueza-Fox):

On the publication of the article Talavera G & Vila R (2016). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (with the participation of Roger Vila):

On the publication of the article Faherty, S.L. et al (2016) Genome Biol. Evol. (with the participation of José Luis Villanueva-Cañas):

On the publication of the article Lazaridis I et al (2016). Nature 536(7617):419-24 (with the participation of David Comas):

On the publication of the article Mondal M, Casals F, Zheng H, Dall’Olio GM, Pybus M, Netea MG, Comas D, Laayouni H, Li Q, Majumder PP, Bertranpetit J (2016). Genomic analysis of the Andamanese provides new insights into the spread of humans in Asia and their local adaptations. Nature Genetics

On the outreach program "Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge (BIYSC)":

On the publication of the article Hernández-Roldán J et al. (2016) Integrative analyses unveil speciation linked to host plant shift in Spialia butterflies. Molecular Ecology  (with the participation of Roger Vila): 

About the illustration exhibition Bestiari, with the participation of Xavier Bellès.


On the publication of the article Duran-Nebreda, S; Bonforti, A; Montáñez, R; Valverde, S; and Solé, R. (2016). Emergence of proto-organisms from bistable stochastic differentiation and adhesion. Journal of the Royal Society Interface:

On the publication of the article 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 Genetics: 


On the publication Ollé-Vila, A. et al Integrative Biology (2016) 8:485-503 (with the participation of Ricard Solé):

On the publication Sebé-Padrós, A. et al Cell (2016) (with the participation of Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo):

  • 23rd February, 2016. El Matí de Catalunya Ràdio. "Tot esperant robots..." (with the participation of Ricard Solé)

On the 180th anniversary of Charles Darwin's scientific voyage:
On the publication of the article Martin Kuhlwilm et al. Ancient gene flow from modern humans into Siberian Neanderthals. Nature  (with the participation of Carles Lalueza-Fox and Tomàs Marquès-Bonet): 
On the news "The Generalitat awards Jaume Bertranpetit with the Narcís Monturiol medal"

On the publication of the article Solé-Morata N, et al. (2015) Y-chromosome diversity in Catalan surname samples: insights into surname origin and frequency. Eur J Hum Genet 23(11):1549-57 (with the participation of Jaume Bertranpetit, David Comas and Francesc Calafell): 

  • 21st January, 2016. El Punt Avui TV. "La illa de Robinson" (interview with Tomàs Marquès-Bonet)

  • 5th January, 2016. El Punt Avui. "Gossos "made in" Xina" (with the participation of Tomàs Marquès-Bonet)

On the publication of the article Iain Mathieson et al. Genome-wide patterns of selection in 230 ancient Eurasians. Nature. (with the participation of Carles Lalueza-Fox): 

On the publication of the article Sonay TB, Carvalho T, Robinson M, Greminger M, Krutzen M, Comas D, Highnam G, Mittelman DA, Sharp AJ, Marques-Bonet T and  Wagner A. Tandem repeat variation in human and great ape populations and its impact on gene expression divergence. Doi: 10.1101/gr.190868.115. Novembre 2015, Genome Research: 
On the publication of the article Martínez-Cruz B, Mendizabal I, Harmant C, de Pablo R, Ioana M, Angelicheva D, Kouvatsi A, Makukh H, Netea MG, Pamjav H, Zalán A, Tournev I, Marushiakova E, Popov V, Bertranpetit J, Kalaydjieva L, Quintana-Murci L, and Comas D and the Genographic Consortium (2015). Origins, admixture and founder lineages in European Roma. European Journal of Human Genetics: 

On the exhibition "HUMAN+ The future of our species" in the CCCB (Ricard Solé): 

On the exhibition "Butterflies in one click" (Roger Vila, Vlad Dinca, Raluca Voda): 
Several media appearances of Luc Steels, ICREA researcher and head of the Language Evolution Laboratory of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF): 
On the publication of the article Der Sarkissian C, Ermini L, Schubert M, Yang MA, Librado P, Fumagalli M, Jónsson H, Bar-Gal GK, Albrechtsen A, Vieira FG, Petersen B, Ginolhac A, Seguin-Orlando A, Magnussen K, Fages A, Gamba C, Lorente-Galdos B, Polani S, Steiner C, Neuditschko M, Jagannathan V, Feh C, Greenblatt CL, Ludwig A, Abramson NI, Zimmermann W, Schafberg R, Tikhonov A, Sicheritz-Ponten T, Willerslev E, Marques-Bonet T, Ryder OA, McCue M, Rieder S, Leeb T,  Slatkin M, Orlando L (2015). Evolutionary Genomics and Conservation of the Endangered Przewalski’s Horse. Current Biology: 
On the publication of the article Torruella G, de Mendoza A, Grau-Bové X, Antó M, Chaplin MA, del Campo J, Eme L, Pérez-Cordón G, Whipps CM, Nichols KM, Paley R, Roger AJ, Sitja-Bobadilla A, Donachie S, and Ruiz-Trillo I (2015). Phylogenomics reveals convergent evolution of lifestyles in close relatives of animals and fungui. Current Biology: 
On the publication of the article Olalde I, Schroeder H, Sandoval-Velasco M, Vinner L, Lobón I, Ramirez O, Civit S, García Borja P, Salazar-García DC, Talamo S, Fullola JM, Oms FX, Pedro M, Martínez P, Sanz M, Daura J, Zilhão J, Marquès-Bonet T, Gilbert MTP, and Lalueza-Fox C (2015). A common genetic origin for early farmers from Mediterranean Cardial and Central European LBK cultures. Mol Biol Evol: 
Outreach article by Luzas Kaminski, postdoctoral researcher at the Butterfly Diversity & Evolution Lab
  • 30th August, 2015. Cadena SER. "A vivir que son dos días" Min 16:40 - 22:50 (with the participation of Jaume Bertranpetit)

On the news "Les noves tècniques de seqüenciació d'ADN milloren l'estudi genètic de restes òssies de la guerra civil espanyola"
On the publication of the article Dinca, V., Montagud, S., Talavera, G., Hernández-Roldán, J., Munguira, M.L., García-Barros, E., Hebert, P.D.N. & Vila, R. (2015) DNA barcode reference library for Iberian butterflies enables a continental-scale preview of potential cryptic diversity. Scientific Reports
On the publication of the article Roderick Nigel Finn, François Chauvigné Jon Anders Stavang, Xavier Belles & Joan Cerdà. 2015. Insect glycerol transporters evolved by functional co-option and gene replacement. Nature Communications
On the publication of the article Dobon B, Hassan HY, Laayouni H, Luisi P, Ricaño-Ponce I, Zhernakova A, Wijmenga C, Tahir H, Comas D, Netea MG, and Bertranpetit J (2015). “The genetics of East African populations: a Nilo-Saharan component in the African genetic landscape”, Scientific Reports,  28;5:9996. doi: 10.1038/srep09996.

On the publication of the article Vanessa Castillo, J. Tomás Lázaro and Josep Sardanyés (2015), "Dynamics and bifurcations in a simple quasispecies model of tumorigenesis", Computational and Applied Mathematics, arXiv:1411.6531

Regading the exhibition about bees, art and technology that Luc Steels has co-organized at the CMIMA Hall:

On the publication of the article Lari M, et al.  2015.  The Neanderthal in the karst: First dating, morphometric, and paleogenetic data on the fossil skeleton from Altamura (Italy). Journal of Human Evolution DOI 10.1016/j.jhevol.2015.02.007 (with the participation of Carles Lalueza-Fox)

On the publication of the article Xue I, Prat-Martinez J, Sudmant PH, et al. 2015. Mountain gorilla genomes reveal the impact of long-term population decline and inbreeding. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa3952 (with the participation of Tomàs Marquès-Bonet)

Contributions of Luc Steels to the "Ciencia en pantalla" section of La Vanguardia:

On the publication of the article Lozano, J. Montañez, R. Belles X. 2015.  MiR-2 family regulates insect metamorphosis by controlling the juvenile hormone signaling pathway. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA DOI 10.1073/pnas.1418522112

On the publication of the article Solé-Morata, N, Bertranpetit, J., Comas, D., Calafell F.  " Y-chromosome diversity in Catalan surname samples: insights into surname origin and frequency". European Journal of Human Genetics, doi:10.1038/ejhg.2015.14.


  • 2015 06th February. La vanguardia. ed català. "El cuc que no cessa" (inclou l'opinió de Tomàs Marquès-Bonet)

On the publication of the article: Kaliszewska, Z.A. et al. 2015. When caterpillars attack: biogeography and life history evolution of the Miletinae (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/evo.12599 (includes Gerard talavera)

On the publication of the article:  Montelongo T, Gómez-Zurita J. 2015. Nonrandom patterns of genetic admixture expose the complex historical hybrid origin of unisexual leaf beetle species in the genus Calligrapha. American Naturalist 185(1): 113-134.

  • 2015 13th January. La vanguardia.com. " Procrear sin macho" (cita Jesús Gómez-Zurita i Tinguaro Montelongo)

On the publication of the article: Shubert et al.  2014. Prehistoric genomes reveal the genetic foundation and cost of horse domestication. PNAS, December 15, 2014 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1416991111. (with the participation of Tomàs marquès-Bonet)

  • 2014 6th December. La vanguardia. "El cuc que no cesa". Includes opinion of Tomàs Marquès-Bonet.

On the publication od the article: Talavera, G., Espadaler, X., Vila, R. 2014. Discovered just before extinction? The first endemic ant from the Balearic Islands (Lasius balearicus sp. nov.) is endangered by climate change. Journal of Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12438 
On the publication of the article Djabrayan, Nareg J. V., Cruz, J., de Miguel, C., Franch-Marro, X., Casanova, J. Specification of Differentiated Adult Progenitors via Inhibition of Endocycle Entry in the Drosophila Trachea. Cell Reports . DOI 10.1016/j.celrep.2014.09.043
  • 2014 24th October. El mundo.es. "El parecido entre humanos y gorilas" by Tomàs Marquès-Bonet.

  • 2014  19th October. diari ARA. "Teca que taca" (Carles lalueza Fox, investigador de l'Institut de Biologia Evolutiva, CSIC-UPF)

  • 2014 14th October. canal 33, "Què, Quí Com: Evolució, rere els passos de Darwin". (Intervé Ignacio Ribera, Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC)) Podeu veure el reportatge al bloc del programa una vegada s'hagi emès: http://blogs.tv3.cat/quequicom

On the publication of the article:  Azzurro, E., Tuset, V. M., Lombarte, A., Maynou, F., Simberloff, D., Rodríguez-Pérez, A., Solé, R. V. 2014. External morphology explains the success of biological invasions. Ecology Letters;  doi: 10.1111/ele.12351 

On the publication of the article: Lazaridis et al. 2014. Ancient human genomes suggest three ancestral populations for present-day Europeans. Nature 513, 409-413. doi:10.1038/nature13673 (David Comas) 

On the publication of the article: Ramírez, et al. 2014. Genome data from a sixteenth century pig illuminate modern breed relationships. Heredity. Advance online publication 10 September 2014; doi: 10.1038/hdy.2014.81

On the publication of the article: Carbone al. 2014. Gibbon genome and the fast karyotype evolution of small apes". Nature. 11/9/2014. (includding Jessica Hernandez, Belen Lorente-Galdos, Xavier Quilez, Marcos Fernández-Callejo, Tomàs Marquès Bonet).

On the publication of the article: Mateo L, Ullastres A, González J. 2014. A Transposable Element Insertion Confers Xenobiotic Resistance in Drosophila. PLoS Genet 10(8): e1004560. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1004560  

On the publication of the article: Patiño-Navarrete R, Piulachs M-D, Belles X, Moya A, Latorre A, Peretó J. The cockroach Blattella germanica obtains nitrogen from uric acid through a metabolic pathway shared with its bacterial endosymbiont. 2014. Biology Letters 10(7).  oi:10.1098/rsbl.2014.0407

On the publication of the article: Worley et al. The Marmoset Genome, S., Analysis, C. 2014. The common marmoset genome provides insight into primate biology and evolution. Nature Genetics. Advance online publication: doi:10.1038/ng.3042. (with the contribution of Belen Lorente-Galdós)

  • 2014, 5th July. La vanguardia (ed nacional). "El poder de la empatía". Includes commentaries of Prof. Luc Steels.

On the publication of the article  Ayala, D., Ullastres, A. and  González, J. Adaptation through chromosomal inversions in Anopheles. Frontiers in Genetics 5: 129. (doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00129).

Formats a la UVic; Preparats pel món. "Javier Prado antic estudiant de Biotecnologia investiga el genoma del Floquet de neu". Video Interview Javier Prado

On the publication of the article: Ureña,E.,  Manjón, C., Martín D. Transcription factor E93 specifies adult metamorphosis in hemimetabolous and holometabolous insects PNAS 2014 ; published ahead of print April 28, 2014, doi:10.1073/pnas.1401478111 2014 27th April.

On the publication of the article: Solé et al. 2014.Can a minimal replicating construct be identified as the embodiment of cancer? Bioessays, 35 (5), 503-512. DOI 10.1002/bies.201300098

On the publication of the article: Iñigo Olalde, Federico Sánchez-Quinto, Debayan Datta, Urko M. Marigorta, Charleston W. K. Chiang, Juan Antonio Rodríguez, Marcos Fernández-Callejo, Irene González, Magda Montfort, Laura Matas-Lalueza, Sergi Civit, Donata Luiselli, Philippe Charlier, Davide Pettener, Oscar Ramírez, Arcadi Navarro, Heinz Himmelbauer, Tomàs Marquès-Bonet, Carles Lalueza-Fox. Genomic analysis of the blood attributed to Louis XVI (1754-1793), king of France. Scientific Reports, 2014; 4 DOI: 10.1038/srep04666

On the publication of the article: Castellano, S., Parra, G., Sánchez-Quinto, F. A., Racimo, F., Kuhlwilm, M., Kircher, M., Sawyer, S., Fu, Q., Heinze, A., Nickel, B., Dabney, J., Siebauer, M., White, L., Burbano, H. A., Renaud, G., Stenzel, U., Lalueza-Fox, C., de la Rasilla, M., Rosas, A., Rudan, P., Brajković, D., Kucan, Ž., Gušic, I., Shunkov, M. V., Derevianko, A. P., Viola, B., Meyer, M., Kelso, J., Andrés, A. M., Pääbo, S. 2014. Patterns of coding variation in the complete exomes of three Neandertals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

On the publication of the article:Convergent evolution in European and Rroma populations reveals pressure exerted by plague on Toll-like receptors,"2014. Laayouni H., et al. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ; published ahead of print February 3, 2014, doi:10.1073/pnas.1317723111. With the participation of Hafid Laayouni, Pierre Luisi, Jaume Bertranpetit.

On the publication of the article: Iñigo Olalde, Morten E. Allentoft, Federico Sánchez-Quinto, Gabriel Santpere, Charleston W. K. Chiang, Michael DeGiorgio, Javier Prado-Martinez, Juan Antonio Rodríguez, Simon Rasmussen, Javier Quilez, Oscar Ramírez, Urko M. Marigorta, Marcos Fernández-Callejo, María Encina Prada, Julio Manuel Vidal Encinas, Rasmus Nielsen, Mihai G. Netea, John Novembre, Richard A. Sturm, Pardis Sabeti, Tomás Marqués-Bonet, Arcadi Navarro, Eske Willerslev & Carles Lalueza-Fox. Derived immune and ancestral pigmentation alleles in a 7,000-year-old Mesolithic European. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature12960.

  • 2014 17th January. La razón digital. "Los perros y los lobos se "separaron" antes de la era de la agricultura". On the publication of the study Freedman AH, Gronau I, Schweizer RM, Ortega-Del Vecchyo D, Han E, et al. (2014) Genome Sequencing Highlights the Dynamic Early History of Dogs. PLoS Genet 10(1): e1004016. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1004016. With the participation of O. Ramírez, B. Lorente i T. Marqués-Bonet.

On the publication of the article: Yrappa Venkatesh et al. "Elephant shark genome provides unique insights into gnathostome evolution". Nature. 9/1/2014 (with the participation of T. Marqués-Bonet, B. Lorente-Galdós & J. Quílez)

On the publication of the paper Prado et al. 2013. 'Great ape genetic diversity and population history' Nature ahead of print. DOI 10.1038/nature12228.(Tomàs Marquès-Bonet i Javier Prado-Martínez, investigadors de l'Institut de Biologia Evolutiva, UPF-CSIC)

On the proliferation of moths in Madrid on JUne 2013. Roger Vila IBE expert in butterlies explains possible causes and clarifies population doubts:

- 2013 14th June. La razón.es (ed digital). "Europeos y asiáticos comparten los genes que crean enfermedades".
- 2013 14th June. ADN.co (ed digital). "Europeos y asiáticos comparten genes que desarrollan enfermedades".


On the publication of the article: Botigué L. et al. Gene flow from North Africa contributes to differential human genetic diversity in Southern Europe. PNAs; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1306223110 2013

  • On the publication of the article: Javier Prado-Martinez, Irene Hernando-Herraez, Belen Lorente-Galdos, Marc Dabad, Oscar Ramirez, Carlos Baeza-Delgado, Carlos Morcillo-Suarez, Can Alkan, Fereydoun Hormozdiari, Emanuele Rainieri, Jordi Estelle, Marcos Fernandez-Callejo, Mònica Valles, Lars Ritschter, Torsten Schöneberg, Elisa Calle-Mustienes, Sònia Casillas, Raquel Rubio, Marta Melé, Johannes Engelken, Mario Caceres, Jose Luis Gomez-Skarmeta, Marta Gut, Jaume Bertranpetit, Ivo G. Gut, Teresa Abello, Ismael Mingarro, Evan E. Eichler, Carles Lalueza-Fox, Arcadi Navarro and Tomas Marques-Bonet. " The genome sequencing of an albino Western lowland gorilla reveals inbreeding in the wild" . BMC Genomics. May 2013, 14:363 doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-363 

- 5th June. El mundo (ed nacional). "Copito de Nieve, albino por la endogamia".
- 2013 12th June. El País (ed nacional). "Genes Africanos en los Europeos del sur"
- 2013 5th June. El País (ed nacional). "El "incesto" entre tio y sobrina hizo blanco a Copito de Nieve"
- 2013 5th June. ABC (ed nacional). "La endogamia tiñó de blanco a Copito de Nieve"
- 2013 4th June. ARA.CAT/societat (ed digital): "Floquet de Neu era albí perquè els seus pares eren tiet i neboda amb la mateixa mutació
- 2013 4th June. Cadena Ser; Radio Barcelona (ed digital): "L'endogàmia va fer blanc a Floquet de Neu
- 2013 4th June. http://www.csic.es (portada web): "La endogamia causó el albinismo de Copito de Nieve; Secuenciado el genoma completo del gorila diez años después de su muerte"
- 2013 4th June. http://www.upf.edu (portada web): "L'endogàmia va ser la causa de l'albinisme de Floquet de Neu

On the publication of the article:  Philippe Charlier, Iñigo Olalde, Neus Solé, Oscar Ramírez, Jean-Pierre Babelon, Bruno Galland, Francesc Calafell, Carles Lalueza-Fox. Genetic comparison of the head of Henri IV and the presumptive blood from Louis XVI (both Kings of France). Forensic Science International. DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2012.11.018.

On the field recollecting phase campaign in Ibiza  of "PARIS" project (Fp7). The campaign includes recollection of parasites, vectors (mosquitoes) and lizards from Pitiüses islands collected  both in next-to urban areas and protected natural spaces. The project is coordinated by IBE researcher E. Gómez-Díaz.

On the publication of the paper by Prufer et al. The bonobo genome compared with the chimpanzee and human genomes. 2012. Nature, doi:10.1038/nature11128: