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<p>Tip of a Drosophila testis. In red, BigH1 expressed in germ stem cells and spermatocytes. In blue, the cell nuclei. Image: Albert Carbonell, IRB Barcelona.</p>
13 Dec 2017

Researchers at IRB Barcelona unravel the role of the histone BigH1 in the development of male sex cells from stem cells.

The study, which was performed in Drosophila melanogaster, paves the way to a greater understanding of male infertility.

Published in Cell Reports, the work sheds light on the mechanisms through which histones regulate how stem cells give rise to differentiated cells.

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<p>The image shows interactions between the androgen receptor protein (AR) and the TFIIF protein in red. (Author: Paula Martínez-Cristóbal)</p>
12 Dec 2017

Xavier Salvatella, ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona, ​​proposes a new approach to combat prostate tumour cells that have become unresponsive to the treatments currently available.

The incidence of prostate cancer is increasing worldwide. In the US and Europe, it is one of the most common tumours and among the main causes of death by cancer.

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<p>In this mouse embryo structures can be observed that contain neurofilament, stained cyan, and E-Cadherin, in magenta, showing, respectively, the nervous system and internal organs (Authors:  Jim Swoger, Jürgen Mayer, Laura Quintana. CRG 2017)</p>
27 Nov 2017

The European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL) in Barcelona and IRB Barcelona bring together leading scientists in the conference “Morphogenetic Engineering”, an event supported by the BBVA Foundation.

The merge of various disciplines of developmental biology is key to enhancing our knowledge of tissue development and repair, processes that find their most direct applications in regenerative medicine.

“One day we will be able to re-build damaged organs and keep the whole body fit and healthy. But right now we must strengthen our knowledge of how tissues are built and how they are maintained,” say James Sharpe, Head of EMBL Barcelona, and Marco Milán, coordinator of the Cell and Developmental Biology programme.

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23 Nov 2017
  • IRB Barcelona’s campaign Futur – The medicine of the future starts here is to participate in Giving Tuesday, which will be held on 28 November.
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<p>In the image, simulation of a chromatin fiber (MuG consortium)</p>
13 Nov 2017

Specialists advance toward the “Google Earth” of the genome, which will allow them to see the detailed structure of DNA folded within the nucleus, from atomic resolution to the level of the entire molecule

3D genomics promises to reveal the hidden layer of gene regulation and allow researchers to uncover the causes of many diseases

20 world leaders in 3D genomics will meet today until Wednesday in Barcelona at the Barcelona BioMed Conference organized by IRB Barcelona and the BBVA Foundation.

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<p>Poster announcing the science outreach activities organised by IRB Barcelona and the ENABLE symposium for young scientists on the occasion of Science Week 2017</p>
9 Nov 2017

IRB Barcelona proposes activities targeted to a wide public audience during Science Week 2017.

The programme includes a visit by more than 100 school children to the centre, microtalks in pubs and debates on hot topics with well-known figures such as Andreu Mas-Colell and Isona Passola.

The activities offered by Science Week are included in the programme of the 1st ENABLE Symposium, aimed at young biomedical scientists, which will be held in Barcelona from 15 to 17 November.

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9 Nov 2017

From 15 to 17 November, the first international ENABLE symposium—which is fully booked—will bring together 300 PhD students and postdocs from all around Europe.

ENABLE is the first scientific symposium organised by and for young scientists and it includes scientific talks, a Career day and outreach activities.

The European Union will finance four ENABLE symposia in various European cities up to 2020.

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<p>In the picture, Núria López-Bigas and the team that published the study in Nature Genetics</p>
7 Nov 2017

A study published by IRB Barcelona in Nature Genetics demonstrates that the error (mutation) surveillance and repair system shows greater efficiency in the protein-coding regions of genes.

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<p>Attendants to the 100xciencia2 meeting on tech transfer and innovation (Photo: INA-CSIC-UMH)</p>
3 Nov 2017

This morning Alicante has started the 100xCiencia.2 meeting, which today and tomorrow brings together the vanguard of Spanish research: the Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu centers of excellence.

The meeting was opened by Carmen Vela, Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, and she highlighted the importance of approaching science and business.

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<p>Elena Meléndez is the first student to be awarded the "IRB Barcelona Futur" fellowship, which has come about through social altruism (Photo: IRB Barcelona)</p>
26 Oct 2017

The “IRB Barcelona Futur” fellowship is funded by donations given to the permanent fundraising campaign “Futur”, which supports the training of young scientists.

The first awardee is a 24-year-old student who graduated in Biomedicine and holds a Master’s from the University of Utrecht and the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge Cambridge.