19 May 2016

All biomedical research centres should have a lab devoted to understanding life. How did life come about? How did it evolve? How does it work?

<p>(from left to right) Dr Castells, Dr Eduard Batlle, Dr Elena Élez, and chair Josep Corbella, health journalist at La Vanguardia (A Ros, IRB Barcelona)</p>
4 May 2016

Yesterday evening, the Auditorium of “La Pedrera” hosted a new session of the “Ciencia After Work a la Pedrera” entitled

<p>3D respresentation of a transfer RNA (tRNA). These molecules are crucial for the translation of genes into proteins and they are also the reason why the genetic code cannot exceed 20 amino acid. (Author: Pablo Dans, IRB Barcelona)</p>
2 May 2016

Nature is constantly evolving—its limits determined only by variations that threaten the viability of species.

15 Apr 2016

On Saturday 9 April, the “Pavelló Firal” in Mollerussa hosted the latest “Vi per Vida” charity wine-tasting session, in which more than 250 p

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21 May 2016

Guinovart, at the Kinnernet international meeting of innovators in Catalonia


Director of IRB Barcelona, Joan Guinovart, was among the hundred innovators and inventors gathered in the second  Kinnernet gathering in Catalonia.

03 May 2016

Why Did the Genetic Code of All Life on Earth Suddenly Stop Evolving?

Motherboard -Vice Media channel

Broad international and national coverage of the study on the evolution of the genetic code published in Science Advances by Lluís Ribas, ICREA professor at IRB Barcelona.

30 Apr 2016

Joan Guinovart: "We will not be able to cover the cost of an aging population unless we invest in science today"

Diario de Sevilla

The Diario de Sevilla publishes an interview with Joan J. Guinovart, director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona). The scientist explains that scientific research needs not only more funding but also greater flexibility with respect to the regulations governing it and greater support from society. In addition, he comments on applying science to

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Research is conducted by 23 groups organized into 5 interdisciplinary programmes. Each programme includes a diverse faculty of researchers with overlapping scientific interests. The research areas have been structured to be highly interactive, fostering multidisciplinarity by combining modern molecular biology, classical genetics, biochemistry, structural biology, bioinformatics, systems biology, advanced microscopy, and genomic and proteomic approaches.

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