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<p>El presidente de la AECC, Ignacio Muñoz, durante la ceremonia de entrega de las ayudas.</p>
30 Sep 2019

Salvador Aznar-Benitah has received a grant in the AECC Project category.

Two postdoctoral fellowships have been awarded to researchers Magdolna Djurec and Erika López Arribillag.

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<p>The director general of BIST, Gabby Silberman, and the directors of the seven BIST centers planted a tree at the entrance of the BIST headquarters as a symbolic gesture with which the institution joins the global mobilizations against the climate crisis.</p>
26 Sep 2019

We work in some of the most advanced research institutions in our country, recognized with awards and certifications of excellence, employing world-class scientists and participating actively in the international science arena. As such, we are well placed to know the science behind climate change. Likewise, we also have a direct duty to ensure that our scientific conclusions revert back to our society.

We are both privileged observers and human beings inhabiting this planet. We therefore feel compelled to preserve nature and issue the following statement in connection with the Global Climate Strike actions that are taking place around the globe.

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<p>”la Caixa” Fellowship award ceremony</p>
20 Sep 2019

On 16 September, the ”la Caixa” Foundation presented the 79 grants for national and international research and innovation projects of excellence—among these four projects from the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona).

Among the beneficiaries of funding from ”la Caixa”, IRB Barcelona researchers Eduard Batlle and Raúl Méndez obtained two grants from the call for research projects in biomedicine and health, Meritxel Teixidó received a grant from the CaixaImpulse Programme, and Enrique Marcos was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship.

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Scientific news
<p>Toni Gabaldón and his team.</p>
19 Sep 2019

Scientists shed light on how the genome organizes groups of genes linked to specific processes, like the release of toxins

They carried out a study on fungi and found more than 11,000 gene families grouped together or near each other in the genome

The results are published today in the journal Nature Microbiology

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<p>p53 target genes (green) are upregulated in undergrowing cell populations (magenta).</p>
4 Sep 2019

Researchers at IRB Barcelona and IAL Santa Fe in Argentina have found the cell-signalling factor TNFα to be critical for coordinated organ growth in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Regulated by the tumour suppressor p53, TNFα enables the tissue to detect and reverse growth defects.

These findings allow researchers to better understand tissue development better, and they are also relevant for diseases such as cancer.

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<p>Structure of the portal proteins of Epstein-Barr virus. Cristina Machón, IRB Barcelona.</p>
29 Aug 2019

Two studies by IRB Barcelona and IBMB-CSIC published in Nature Communications reveal the portal structure of the Epstein-Barr virus and bacteriophage T7.

No treatment is currently available for the infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, which, in addition to causing mononucleosis, leads to various types of cancer.

The studies were done in collaboration with CNB-CSIC and the University of Oxford.

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<p>Lluís Ribas, head of the Gene Translation Laboratory (IRB Barcelona)</p>
22 Aug 2019

PNAS publishes a study by the team headed by ICREA research professor Lluís Ribas. The study demonstrates that transfer RNA genes are expressed in a differential manner in human tissue in order to form smaller fragments, whose function is still unknown.

Understanding the biological function of these fragments and the key role that the transfer RNA gene plays in the regulation of their levels will pave the way to improve, alter or inhibit their activity.

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<p>Lluís Ribas, head of the Gene Translation Laboratory (IRB Barcelona)</p>
22 Aug 2019

The team headed by ICREA researcher, Lluís Ribas, has published a study in Cell Report describing a functional network that coordinates protein synthesis and DNA replication in animal mitochondria.

These findings contribute to our understanding of the mechanisms involved in mitochondrial dysregulation associated with diseases such as MELAS and MERRF and may help to identify new therapeutic approaches.

 

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<p>Surface model showing the structure of the tail of the bacteriophage T7. Ana Cuervo, CNB-CSIC.</p>
21 Aug 2019

The study reveals the opening and closing mechanism of the portal protein during the maturation of the viral capsid, the structure that carries the genetic material of the virus.

The researchers have combined cryomicroscopy and crystallography techniques to study these viruses that infect bacteria.

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<p>Differences between tumours in male and female vinegar flies. Cayetano González, IRB Barcelona.</p>
16 Aug 2019

An understanding of the molecular basis of differences in the incidence and survival of cancer between men and women may allow the discovery of specific and more effective treatments.

The study, published in Science Advances, compares the brain tumours of male and female flies at the molecular level and identifies proteins responsible for the different degree of aggressiveness.