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<p>Gonzalo Fernández-Miranda, Project Leader and associate researcher with the Translational Control of Cell Cycle and Differentiation Lab. Image: CaixaImpulse.</p>
20 Jul 2017

Gonzalo Fernández-Miranda, associate researcher at IRB Barcelona, leads this therapeutic project selected by CaixaImpulse to facilitate its development towards the market.

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<p>The experiments have been carried out using Xenopus laevis oocytes, an animal model used by the laboratory to study fundamental processes involved in gene regulation. Image: microscopy, Eulàlia Belloc.</p>
18 Jul 2017

Published in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, the study reveals new insights into translation regulation, an essential step in genome regulation.

These findings will help researchers to better understand pathological processes such as cancer. 

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<p>Cross sections of wild type or TLK2 deficient embryos stained for the proliferative marker Ki67. Embryos lacking TLK2 (left) appear morphologically normal but developmentally delayed. (S. Segura-Bayona, IRB Barcelona)</p>
17 Jul 2017

The work is the first to report on the key role of the TLK2 gene in mouse embryo development.

The study solidifies an important role for both TLK1 and TLK2 in genome stability.

A massive genomics study of people with intellectual disabilities performed in the Netherlands points to patient mutations in the TLK2 gene.

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<p>IRB Barcelona will host students for a research project on the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster).</p>
10 Jul 2017

IRB Barcelona is to participate in the two-week (10-21 July) scientific summer camp through the project “Drosophila melanogaster: a model to study human disease”.

This initiative is organised by the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation, in collaboration with first-class research centres all over Catalonia, including BIST centres. 

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<p>Glycogen (black particles) accumulates in large amounts in the muscle due to the absence of the protein glycogenin (Giorgia Testoni, IRB Barcelona)</p>
6 Jul 2017

A study published in Cell Metabolism by IRB Barcelona scientists turns long-standing assumptions about glycogen biology on their head.

The results may explain the muscular defects of patients with glycogen storage disease XV.

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<p>The top and bottom of the image show how the Dpp concentration gradient affects the organisation of the wing structure of Drosophila melanogaster. In the centre, in the absence of Dpp, the wing does not grow. Image: Lara Barrio.</p>
5 Jul 2017

Scientists at IRB Barcelona clarify the function of the genes that drive wing development in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Published in the journal eLife, this study unveils that the Dpp morphogen is necessary for wing growth but that its gradient does not govern this process.

Understanding the development of limbs in Drosophila paves the way to research into congenital defects in vertebrates.

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<p>BIST Board of Trustees meeting, today in Barcelona. Image: BIST.</p>
26 Jun 2017

At the BIST Board of Trustees meeting, which took place today in Barcelona, the incorporation of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) as a new member of the Foundation was also approved.

Silberman, who holds a PhD in Computer Science and brings a lot of research experience in both the private and university sectors, will succeed Miquel A. Pericàs, who combined the position within the BIST with the direction of ICIQ.

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<p>IRB Barcelona's Innovation team strengthens ties with industry.</p>
19 Jun 2017

IRB Barcelona, along with another 30 Catalan companies and organisations, is participating in the four-day convention in San Diego.

The BIO International Convention (BIO) is the top partnering fair for the biomedical sector.

The Institute’s spin-offs Iproteos and Nostrum Biodiscovery are also visiting the fair.

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<p>Núria López-Bigas, elected EMBO Member (Photo: IRB Barcelona)</p>
16 Jun 2017

“It is a great honour and it strengthens my commitment to continuing my research with the highest standards,” says the IRB Barcelona group leader.

Eight IRB Barcelona group leaders are currently members of the European Molecular Biology Organization.

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<p>Salvador Aznar Benitah leads the Stem Cells and Cancer laboratory at IRB Barcelona</p>
13 Jun 2017

The IRB Barcelona scientists is presented the prize in recognition of his research into cancer and fats.