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<p>The molecular structure of the hemoglobin. (c) BSC-IRB Barcelona</p>
6 Nov 2007

Researchers at the BSC and the IRB Barcelona unveil crucial information about the protein transporter of oxygen, which opens up the possibility to optimize its function by introducing modifications. The study is published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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<p>Image obtained by confocal microscopy. The accumulation of glycogen (yellow and red) in neurons caused their degradation and cell suicide ensues. (c)IRB Barcelona</p>
21 Oct 2007

A study published in Nature Neuroscience demonstrates that the excess of glucose chains (glycogen) induces neuronal death and causes Lafora disease, a fatal kind of epilepsy that affects adolescents. This mechanism, unknown until now, may provide the key to understanding other neurodegenerative pathologies.

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<p>After entering the egg, the centrosome (red) associated with the paternal nucleus (upper blue circle) organizes a microtubule network (green) that facilitates its fusion with the maternal nucleus (lower blue circle). Asterless is one of the proteins requi</p>
17 Oct 2007

This finding shows that centrosomes, organelles inside the cell responsible for organizing the microtubule network, are required for the correct development of an organism.

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<p>Hans Clevers (left), Eduard Batlle and Joan Massagué (right).</p>
2 Oct 2007

Twenty leading authorities in cancer stem cell research, including Hans Clevers, John E. Dick, Joan Massagué and Sean J. Morrison, meet in Barcelona for the first time, invited by IRB Barcelona and the BBVA Foundation.

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<p>In vitro culture of colon cancer tumour cells. The tumour cells (in green) have deactivated the positional receptors and spread to invade the tissue occupied by the red cells.<br /></p>
1 Oct 2007

Tumour cell growth is limited to compartments by the action of two receptors that confine these spaces.

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<p>The malaria parasite circulates in the the boodstream and attacks red bood cells. Once inside, will continue its life cycle.</p>
3 Aug 2007

Research has been conducted on the genes of the parasite that play a role during the invasion of red blood cells.

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<p>Study in silico and in vivo of the biological process that induces the generation of the Drosophila wing.</p>
11 Jul 2007

Thanks to a collaborative work between developmental biologists and scientists specialized in mathematical models.

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<p>FEBS Secretary General Elect, Isarel Pecht, presents Joan Guinovart with the <i>Diplome D'Honneur</i></p>
9 Jul 2007

IRB Barcelona director, Joan J. Guinovart, was awarded today the Federation of European Biochemical Societies' (FEBS) Diplome d'Honneur, in recognition of Guinovart's contributions to the advancement of science in Europe. "I am deeply grateful to FEBS for this honour, which holds particular meaning for me." Guinovart received the award during the inaugural ceremony of FEBS' annual congress, held this year in Vienna, Austria.

Joan J. Guinovart has been director of IRB Barcelona since its foundation, and is president of the Confederation of Spanish Scientific Societies (COSCE), an initiative launched in 2004 to promote scientific and technological development in Spain and which...

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<p>A group of cells express torso-like gen (tsl) (pink arrow). While they are moving to the center of the egg chamber, another group of cells starts expressing tsl (orange arrow). Both cellular groups meet at the same site, from where in a more advanced stag</p>
26 Jun 2007

Research conducted by investigators from IRB Barcelona appears this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS.

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<p>Protein Hedgehog (hh -in blue) induces Mtv protein -in red-. Mtv together with other molecules repress Hh expression</p>
22 Jun 2007

The protein Hedgehog is fundamental to the development of multiple organs. Errors in its expression are linked to skin cancer.