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22 May 2007

As part of the "Year of Science 2007", the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) will gather around 150 scientists from prominent biomedical research institutes and centres in Spain, to present the supercomputing opportunities offered by the MareNostrum in the field of the life sciences. The scientific conference, “Computational Biology: Biomolecular Simulations, Bioinformatics and Supercomputing”, will be held from 24-25 May at the Campus Nord at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).

"MareNostrum optimus est", states Joan J. Guinovart, director of IRB Barcelona -...

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<p>Biomedicine workshops in the Science Park terrace. <br /></p>
11 May 2007

The goal of this activity, entitled “How does the scientific method work? Let’s do biomedical research!”, is to stimulate the creativity and thinking in students between the ages of 10 and 12, and to contribute to their educational activities. The project is part of the PCB’s “Science and Society” outreach programme, which aims to help improve the scientific culture of society in general, to promote research, and foster vocations in this field.

During the activity – which lasts from 10 to 12.30 in the mornings – students attend a theatre workshop in which two crazy scientists complete experiments using the scientific method, while explaining the function of cells, DNA and genes...

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4 May 2007

The shortening and disappearance of telomeres in chromosomes is associated with the appearance of certain types of cancer.

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<p>Participants in the round table 'The impact of cancer research'.</p>
26 Apr 2007

Big business, represented by Francisco González, president of the Fundación BBVA, and science, represented by Joan Massagué, adjunct director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) met today at the Barcelona BioMed Forum, “Science, Economy and Society: invest in cancer research,” to discuss the future of cancer research and the role that big business can play in advancing biomedicine. The event, which took place in the Antoni Caparrós auditorium of the Barcelona Science Park (Parc Científic de Barcelona) was inaugurated by the Government of Catalonia’s Minister of Health, Marina Geli.

In conveying the Government’s enthusiasm to participate in the Forum,...

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<p><p>Francisco González, president of the Fundación BBVA, and Joan Massagué, adjunct director of IRB Barcelona during a visit to the Metastasis Laboratory promoted by Massagué.</p></p>
19 Apr 2007

Gaining precise and sophisticated knowledge about the basic mechanisms of cancer and its transition to metastasis remains one of the great challenges for biomedical research. The enormous social and economic impact of the disease obliges us to explore “new forms of commitment” to accelerate cancer research, and its resulting applications in terms of therapy and prevention. This was the inaugural message of the first Barcelona Biomed Forum, celebrated today by the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Fundación BBVA (of the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria). The event, “Science, Economy and Society: invest in cancer research” brought together scientific expert Joan...

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<p>Interaction between the ubiquitin ligase (larger molecule) and the LMP2A membrane protein sequence (blue line). <br /></p>
18 Apr 2007

Unless you are a molecular biologist, you may not have heard the term ubiquitin. Given its essential role in the cell, however, it is likely that its protagonism and popularity will increase. One of the processes in which ubiquitin plays a relevant role is in the degradation of proteins. In the cell, the generation of proteins is just as important as their destruction, as well as the maintenance of a correct balance between both processes.

Proteins become candidates for degradation when they are defective, when they have completed their function and are no longer necessary, or when they belong to pathogenic organisms. Ubiquitin attaches itself to these proteins as if it were an...

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<p>Click on image to enlarge. Image by Richard Wheeler (Zephyris, 2005). Reproduced with permission</p>
19 Mar 2007

The role of chromatin and histones in the regulation of DNA

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<p>Centromeres (pictured) play a critical role in chromosome segregation and cell proliferation. their function is determined epigenetically by a variation of the histone H3. Image by Olga Moreno, IRB Barcelona</p>
19 Mar 2007

International experts on epigenetics will meet at the upcoming Barcelona BioMed Conference organised by IRB Barcelona and the BBVA Foundation.

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14 Mar 2007

Researchers have transferred the patent to the biotech enterprise Genmedica Therapeutics.

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<p>IRB Barcelona researcher Eli Castellanos explains techniques scientists use to study cancer in fruit flies. (Pepe Encinas, copyright Fundació Caixa Catalunya)<br /></p>
7 Mar 2007

What would motivate anyone to wake up early on a lazy springtime weekend morning, get dressed, and head to town? Research, of course! Fifty would-be scientists made their way to the Caixa Catalunya Cultural Centre in the "Pedrera" building in Barcelona on Saturday, March 3 for a day filled with science and fun. The occasion was Fes Recerca!, a series of hands-on science workshops aimed at the general public. The events, organized by the Parc Cientific de Barcelona over four weekends in February and March, provide an opportunity for amateur science buffs to experience what it is like to do research and learn about science projects...